Bandstand destroyed at Rutherglen park after being set on fire as probe launched

Charity Grow 73 shared the devastating aftermath.
-Credit: (Image: Facebook/Grow 73)

A bandstand has been destroyed after being set on fire at a popular park in Rutherglen overnight.

It was targeted at Overtoun Park at around midnight on Saturday (June 1) leaving locals shocked and saddened.

Police are treating the blaze as wilful and have launched an investigation into what happened.

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Meanwhile, charity, Grow 73 - who are passionate about growing and developing the Rutherglen and Cambuslang communities - have shared their heartache on social media.

They wrote: "This is not the kind of post we like to have to share. Unfortunately the bandstand was set on fire last night and here is what is left of it today.

"We love the bandstand and so does the community. Some of you have been in touch asking if we would start a crowdfunding to restore it to its beauty.

"We would love to do this , so please give us time to pull ourselves together to organise this! If someone has already done crowdfunding before could you get in touch with us and we can discuss ways to make it work."

Reacting to the post, one person said: "I was absolutely gutted to come onto the park to see this."

Another wrote: "Gutted to see what's happened to the bandstand. Well done to Grow 73 for taking the lead on community efforts to restore this much-loved Rutherglen landmark."

A third penned: "Such a sad day for Rutherglen."

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a report of a fire at Overtoun Park, Rutherglen, around 12.40am on Saturday, 1 June, 2024.

“The fire is being treated as wilful and enquiries are ongoing.”