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Hollywood Film Star John Hannah Supports Effort To Save Library


Film and TV star John Hannah - one of East Kilbride's most famous sons - has backed a former Calderwood Library worker's bid to save the vital local resource from council budget cuts.

Calderwood Library is facing the axe under council budget cuts.

This spurred former worker Paul McGraw to launch a campaign to save the community facility — with the help of a few famous faces.

The 26-year-old business intelligence consultant tweeted the article, which was retweeted by John Hannah, who once trod the boards with EK Rep, and a host of other celebrities, authors and public figures.

Former Heathery Knowe and Claremont High pupil, Hannah, sprung to fame in Four Weddings and a Funeral and has since gone on to appear in Hollywood blockbusters including The Mummy and its sequels and Sliding Doors.

So, when Paul sent him a request to re-tweet the story he was delighted to discover he had.

Paul, from St Leonards said, “I was looking for anyone who would have a large following and as John came from East Kilbride, I thought he would be perfect.

“And I was delighted when he retweeted the picture of story.

“There has been so much work by everyone who works at the library to build it up, it would be a real shame and a great loss to the community to see it close.

“I want to make as many people aware of the proposal before it is too late, so I will continue to wrack my brain to think of who else I can ask to retweet the story.”

So far there have been retweets and messages from Still Game actor, Greg Hempill, authors, Christopher Brookmyre, Quintin Jardine,Denise Mina, Debi Gliori, writer Armando Lannuci, actress Julie Nimmo, broadcaster, Muriel Gray, civil rights lawyer, Aamer Anwar and many more.

Paul has also set up a Facebook page www.facebook.com/savecalderwood, which received over 100 likes in a matter of hours.

There are also proposals to close the full time Registration and Licensing office in the Civic Centre.

However, it is proposed there will be a registrar available by appointment two days a week.

A concerned resident said: “I am absolutely appalled to hear that The Registry office within the Civic Centre, registering all births deaths and marriages for East Kilbride and Strathaven could be closed as part of these cuts.

“The office deals with all licensing enquiries in addition to this so all taxis and private hire cars, liquor applications, late hours catering applications, window cleaners, street traders and second hand dealer applications will no longer be dealt with in the Civic Centre either.

“It is ridiculous that the people who live in East Kilbride, all 100,000 of them or thereabouts, should have to be without such a vital office, when Rutherglen residents will still be afforded their licensing and registration office.”