SSAFA Lanarkshire – The Armed Forces Charity , a group of volunteers based across the County have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Volunteer led, the organisation provides invaluable assistance and support to our armed forces personnel , veterans and their families . Continue reading →

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Her Majesty The Queen’s Speech on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

The Queen’s VE Day 75th anniversary televised address in full

Audio of Big Ben chimes and announcer says: “This is London. His Majesty King George VI”.

King George VI: “Let us remember the men of all the services and the women in all of the services who have laid down their lives.

“We have come to the end of our tribulation and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.”

The Queen: “I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago.

“His message then was a salute to the men and women at home and abroad who had sacrificed so much in pursuit of what he rightly called a ‘great deliverance’.

“The war had been a total war; it had affected everyone, and no one was immune from its impact.

“Whether it be the men and women called up to serve; families separated from each other; or people asked to take up new roles and skills to support the war effort, all had a part to play.

At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain.

“But we kept faith that the cause was right – and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through.

“Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day.

“I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.”

“The sense of joy in the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be further sacrifice.

“It was not until August that fighting in the Far East ceased and the war finally ended.

“Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict.

“They fought so we could live in peace, at home and abroad.

“They died so we could live as free people in a world of free nations.

“They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.”

We should and will remember them.

“As I now reflect on my father’s words and the joyous celebrations, which some of us experienced first-hand, I am thankful for the strength and courage that the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and all our allies displayed.

“The wartime generation knew that the best way to honour those who did not come back from the war, was to ensure that it didn’t happen again.

“The greatest tribute to their sacrifice is that countries who were once sworn enemies are now friends, working side by side for the peace, health and prosperity of us all.”

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.

“Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps.

“But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.

“And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.

“I send my warmest good wishes to you all.”






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75th Anniversary of VE Day


As Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, I would offer  a few words of reflection about this notable day, in the lives, and memories, of many people throughout the world, that is VE DAY, the end of the war in Europe 75 years ago. Continue reading →

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Lanarkshire Lieutenancy – Message from Lord Lieutenant Lady Haughey CBE

I hope you and your families are well and staying safe in these challenging and anxious times.
This is to update you on the latest information received from both North and South Lanarkshire  Councils and the Association of Lord-Lieutenants.
General Lieutenancy Business
With Lockdown procedures in place all duties, events, and engagements continue to be  cancelled indefinitely. Hopefully a number of them can be rearranged once the current crisis is over.

Royal Garden Party.
An official announcement  regarding the Royal Garden Party in Edinburgh on 1st  July 2020 is expected shortly . However  given that the current restrictions on mass gatherings will be in place for a number of months to come  it can be assumed that it  will not go ahead and it is envisaged that guests nominated to attend this year’s Garden  Party will receive an invitation for next year’s event .

Citizenship Ceremonies.
All Ceremonies are cancelled until further notice.

100th Birthdays and 60th Wedding Anniversaries
Visits to 100th Birthdays and 60th Wedding anniversaries are suspended until further notice. Recipients are still receiving  a congratulations card from the Queen. Those who missed out on a visit from the Provost and the Lieutenancy, will be advised they can receive a subsequent visit once the current restrictions are lifted.
Queens’s Award for Voluntary Service
Nominations  for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020 have been assessed and will be notified if they have been successful in this round at the beginning of June.
Very sadly over 380 people from Lanarkshire have died from the virus  and our thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends at this exceptionally difficult time .
I  know I speak for everyone in the Lieutenancy in paying tribute to NHSL, doctors, nurses, care workers and those who put their life at risk to care for Covid 19 patients. Along with   front line emergency , public sector employees , voluntary organisations  and other key workers they have done an amazing job working tirelessly and selflessly providing essential services and support  to the people of Lanarkshire.  There has also been a tremendous and powerful response in these very challenging times from so many people who have  volunteered and helped others in their local community .
As stated by Her Majesty The Queen in her broadcast to the nation on 5th April 2020  ” Together we are tackling this disease and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute we will overcome it. “
Lady Haughey CBE
Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire

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In light of the Covid-19 crisis which is facing the country it has been decided  to suspend all Lieutenancy activities from and including 18th March 2020 for an unspecified period. Continue reading →

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A COUPLE whose budding courtship was interrupted by national service have this week marked 60 years of marriage.

Deputy Lieutenant Clare Gallagher DL  and Provost Ian McAllan visited Jim and Jean Paxton at their home in East Kilbride on 13th February to congratulate them on their Diamond Wedding anniversary, and hear their fascinating story first hand.

Jean was friends with Jim’s younger sister and the pair first met at the Paxton family home in Glasgow’s Gallowgate in 1957 when Jean spent New Year there. However, before sparks could fly Jim, who was in the RAF, was posted to Germany for two years.

On his return, and on meeting up again, Jean took a little time to warm up to her pal’s brother again, but soon started dating, and wasted no time in making it official, marrying on March 20 1960 in St Thomas’ Church in the Gallowgate.

They set up home in Cubie Street, but moved quickly to Dalmarnock Road where son James was born in 1961. Following the arrival of daughter Kim in 1962, the Paxtons made the move to East Kilbride, where they live to this day.

Both Jim and Jean worked throughout married and family life, Jean initially as a spooler in Templeton’s carpet factory, the first of many such jobs, retiring eventually from Lerose Ladies Fashion to help look after her grandchildren.

Jim worked in Singer’s machinery factory in Clydebank before landing the job in Magico paint factory, which took the family to East Kilbride. From there his career led him to the building trade, working his way up to ‘ganger’ or foreman.

An active couple in retirement, Jean enjoys bingo, trying her luck a few times a week. Jim plays bowls at the Murray Bowling Club, where he has been Vice President once and President three times. But their happiest times are spent with the new generations of their family as four grandchildren, and three great – grandchildren with another two on the way this year.

Said Provost McAllan: “The 1960s was a boom time for so many newly-married young couples looking to better their lives and opportunities and for many Glaswegians East Kilbride provided that and more. It’s heart-warming to hear the story of Jim and Jean’s life from national service to new town, careers and busy lives; but most of all family and how much they mean to them.

“Deputy Lieutenant Gallagher and I are privileged as always to be invited to take part in such a special moment for the Paxton family, and we enjoyed every minute of our visit “

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