A Time to Remember Lost Lives

Last updated: 4.45pm, Monday 20th September 2021 by

The Castlemilk community’s efforts to remember lost loved ones has taken place again after being halted by the pandemic. And it has received support from ourselves here at Thenue and our friends at Ardenglen Housing Association with both of us contributing floral tributes to remember lost lives.

Castlemilk’s “Flowers on the Railings” annual event was held on Saturday – 18 months after the last one took place.
This year it had added poignancy due to the heartbreak caused by Covid.

The ceremony gets its names from the flowers sold on the day for £10 or £5 or £3 for a single rose which are then tied to railings in Castlemilk Drive.

As in previous years it took place beside the “Lost Lives” Memorial Garden which was created to remember Castlemilk’s lost loved ones whether they died from natural causes or in tragic circumstances.

It is immaculately kept, is a place for reflection and remembrance in tranquil surroundings and is widely respected and valued by residents.
This year’s event particularly remembered Castlemilk residents who lost their lives to coronavirus.

As in previous years, a Humanist celebrant led a brief service and there was singing from a choir. Balloons with a message of love on them were also released – 18 in total which represents each month of the pandemic.

One of the organisers Maureen Cope MBE said: “This was a significant occasion which reflects the importance the Castlemilk community places on remembering lost loved ones. While there is understandable sorrow, the focus is on remembrance and appreciation for lives that have been well lived.

“This year it has added poignancy with the opportunity to remember lives lost to coronavirus which has touched every community.
“It was important to bring this occasion back after an absence of 18 months as it means so much to so many people.”

Both Ardenglen and ourselves at Thenue feel “privileged” to represent our tenants by taking part.