Rothesay has escaped being awarded the much-dreaded Plook on the Plinth award, a title given by Urban Realm magazine to the most dismal town in Scotland.
This year’s award was given to New Cumnock, while runners-up included Fort William, Kirkintilloch, Motherwell, Newmilns and Paisley.
Rothesay was nominated by three individuals - H. Bremner, C. MacLeod and S. Turner - and the story stirred quite a response from our readers, many of whom felt Rothesay was not deserving of the title.
H. Bremner gave the reason for the nomination as, “It’s hell, old boarded up buildings and paint peeling off everywhere, a town that’s had its day and needs to be flattened and re built. Certainly, no jewel in the Clyde crown. Very depressing place and no one seems to care anymore”, while S. Turner stated, “Rothesay is a town of dilapidated buildings with no shops, no nice restaurants, filthy pubs and no facilities to enrich a life. All these factors lead to a malignant oppressive atmosphere of depression and simmering animosity. In short, a hole of Hell”.
Buteman reader, Mr Brian Cunningham, commented on our original story of Rothesay’s nomination, stating, “After visiting Rothesay this spring, I was surprised to read this. I thought the town was charming. Everyone I met was very nice and had a warmth seldom noticed in my area.
“There will always be a few who, for their own reasons, like to rain on someone else’s parade. Think of all those who did not nominate Rothesay.
“I feel good about your town. Keep moving ahead.”