Living out the late Malcolm’s wishes

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TRIBUTES were paid to a former Kirkcowan man at the weekend when members of his family made the journey to the village to see his old stomping ground.

The late Malcolm McCutcheon’s daughter Jackie, her husband and children along with his wife Betty, son Malcolm, and his wife and children were treated to a day out glorious sunshine to fulfill one of Malcolm Senior’s wishes - to show his grandchildren the places of his childhood which meant so much to him.

Although Malcolm was born in Kirkintilloch he grew up in the small village of Kirkcowan, a place which had provided him with a treasure trove of memories.

He had often visited the village over the years to rekindle his connection. The house he first lived in was demolished many years ago but many of his descendants lie in Kirkcowan Cemetery.

Malcolm was a dedicated supporter of Tarff Rovers and attended many of their games with his brothers John and Jim and their friends. One of Malcolm’s stories was about a memorable day in 1954 when Tarff were due to play Partick Thistle in an all ticket Scottish Cup Tie. The pitch was a little uneven for such an important match which it was hoped would be solved by using a road roller borrowed from the nearby quarry at Boreland Fell.

Sadly, the inevitable happened and the roller sank into the ground with disastrous results all round - following a quick repair, the game went ahead and Partick Thistle ‘scraped through’ by a mere nine goals to one, the Tarff goal being scored by local hero Buff Douglas(from Stranraer).

Next and final stop was up to the Dickie Wood to release balloons in Malcolm’s memory - a poignant moment for the whole family. Jackie read a poem and the children’s balloons, each one a different colour significant to each child, had a message tied to it. In the Dickie Wood there is a large hollow tree which provided the basis for a competition to see how many people could fit into the hollow – this was won by daughter Jackie and her family, all six of them.

Find out more stories and photos about Kirkcowan at the newly created website www.kirkcowan.info .