Help needed at ‘Home’
When talking of Tommy Burns to others I no longer ask did they think he was special, it’s how special was he..
And invariably that question leads to tale after tale, all of which serve to cement his place amongst the legends of our club, and legend is a word I don’t use lightly.
Many of those tales were not football related at all but people related, and many show the qualities of the man.
I doubt there’s anyone that unites the support like Mr. Celtic, that kind of says it all.
Why is he talking about Tommy you may be wondering?
Aside from his lifelong love affair with our club, and a desire to be among and help the common folk of Glasgow, there’s one building that will forever be associated with him.
A deeply religious man, St. Marys of the Calton was the spiritual home of Tommy Burns, and so it was undeniably correct that he was laid to rest from his favoured church.
Being the birthplace of our club, it is little surprise he gravitated to it, a building with many a tale to tell itself. You’ll probably remember not that long ago Canon Tom White was spat on by a passing parade, some 27 DNA samples lifted from his garments yet a single man was charged highlighting the unwillingness to grind wheels of justice even for a man of God in modern day Scotland. The iconic building is the second oldest church in Glasgow, a category A listed building, and has been part of the Celtic story since Walfrid called a meeting in 1887.
And now St Marys needs a little bit of help.
This cursed Virus has affected the world in so many different ways, but perhaps one of the worst is the inability to properly send loved one’s off fittingly.
With this in mind St. Marys decided to undertake creating an outside prayer garden to serve as a permanent memorial to all those who died during the pandemic and had no public funeral.
The plans have been drawn up, and fundraising is well under way, but needs a kick to get over the line.
And that’s where I’m hoping some of us could help.
While understanding many aren’t religious among us, we are all Celtic fans who know how events within those walls have shaped our lives on the outside. Having the opportunity to help St. Marys after all its given us would be an honour and if ever she needs something then the Tims should be right there. And Tommy, I’m sure he would be proud of us all for giving his special place a helping hand. In today’s non stop crazy world, a moment of peaceful reflection in a prayer garden cannot and should not be underestimated.
We will never know how many will sit on those benches looking around seeking something, but in helping get this built we would all be leaving behind our own little legacy, and a hat tip to where it all began.
It may not be the ideal time so please don’t feel under any pressure or obligation, but if you could spare any amount at all to help this worthy project then rest assured it would be appreciated by many.