Stained-glass memorial to tireless Milton of Campsie councillor

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A poignant tribute to a much-missed campaigning councillor was unveiled in front of family, friends, villagers and political leaders recently.

The stained-glass window in St Paul’s Church, in Milton of Campsie, was created by local artist Colin Stevenson in memory of Campsie and Kirkintilloch North Councillor Charles Kennedy - who died last year at the age of 63.

The intricate window portrays Councillor Kennedy’s patron saint - St Michael the Archangel - with the legend “In everlasting memory of Councillor Charles Kennedy” underneath.

Those attending the dedication service included many fellow East Dunbartonshire councillors, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP Tom Clarke and Campsie Community Council chair David Carlin.

Councillor Kennedy’s sister Agnes Dempsey, who attended the ceremony alongside her husband Councillor John Dempsey, said: “We were delighted with the number of people who attended to pay their respects to Charles.

“From a very young age he was fundraising to get St Paul’s built so it is a particularly fitting tribute.”

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