New Stan Laurel plaque
Bill Crouch, on behalf of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent,
has been working diligently for several years to have a plaque erected
to celebrate Stan Laurel’s short stay in Scotland in the early 1900s
Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who have control over these matters, had issues to resolve surrounding the location of the site to be used. Strong evidence gave support that the plaque should be at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen - the house that the Jefferson family moved to from North Shields in the summer of 1905 and this became the focus of my attention.
My negotiations with HES were slow and often challenging, not least because the submission became the property of different Departments over the years, which then involved new sets of project leaders. Progress often stalled and at one time it looked like the project would fail completely.
With the arrival of a new project leader, Dr Alex Hale, Senior Archaeology Researcher, there was a new impetus. Talks between myself and Dr Hale became more meaningful and more fruitful. The project was being driven forward.
I was tasked with seeking approval from the owner of the property at 57 Buchanan Drive, Rutherglen for a plaque to be sited on his property. This approval he was more than happy to give and on the 15th January 2020 Historic Environment Scotland agreed that this location would be used, together with the plaque wording submitted on behalf of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent the previous year.
I have now been tasked with seeking the approval of South Lanarkshire Council and once all key elements are in place the plaque will, hopefully, be installed by late summer 2020.
The Call of the Cuckoos Tent thanks Historic Environment Scotland for giving their support and energy to this project which we hope will add to the celebration of Stan Laurel’s time in Bonnie Scotland.