FREEDOM FOR SCOTLAND
SCOTLAND'S MA HAME
Motherwell History 5
1922-27
(Taken from the Motherwell Times Supplement June 23 1983)
 COLVILLES, the principal steel producers in Scotland, were twice in the news in the early part of 1921 when the firm gifted Jerviston House to the firms workers ad then in April when the firm?s Jubilee was celebrated.  Sixty-two years ago, evidence of the Irish troubles could be gauged from the fact that a Sinn Fein rally took place in Motherwell.
Politically 1922 saw Motherwell adopt J. Walton Newbold, M.A., as M.P. and so continue the variable nature of election returns to give one further shade in political representation in Parliament.  Mr Newbold had the honour  note this, political historians of being the first candidate to stand, he elected and to take his sat as a Communist.  In November, Mr Newbold went one better (for a Communist!) by attending divine worship in Dalziel High Church.  Provost Frood, who was the first Provest of the combined burgh died and it was noted that the ringing of the Town Bell has to cease from 5.30 a.m. onwards.
On the sporting field (or green as it happened) Motherwell engaged London Scottish in a bowling match, which Motherwell won by 137 shots to 110
Two items of social interest occurred in 1923  the opening of what was to prove for years to come to be the excellent Child Welfare Clinic in Airbles Road by a distinguished Scot of his generation, Captain Walter Elliot, M.C. M.P., Secretary of State for Scotland.  At the Jerviston end of the burgh, the Carfin Hall Recreation Ground was also opened.
 Openings were very much in mind as the mid-20's came round.  The new Town Council Chambers were officially opened in March 1924, as was the new golf course at Colville Park, one month later.  One of the fist photographs to appear in the paper depicted a scene at the Colville Park fete.
A link with the past was quite defiantly going to come under the demolisher's hammer, however, with the news that Montague Burton and Company Limited, tailors, had purchased the property which housed the old and historic Motherwell Inn.
 A prominent soccer event, the League International between Scottish League and English League, took place at Fir Park in 1925.
There had been a change of Political representation at Westminster, and the Rev. James Bar  another outstanding Scot  was now M.P. for Motherwell and Wishaw under the Labour ticket.  Not long after taking his seat, Mr Barr made his maiden speech in the House of Commons and such was his eradication that the report of it lasted for 18 columns in Hansard!
Towards the end of the year, Hugh Ferguson, Motherwell's sharp-shooting centre forward, was transferred to Cardiff City  the team for whom he scored the goal that won the Welsh side the English F.A. Cup.
For  The Motherwell Times 1926 is remembered as the year when the paper in common with journals up and down the country, did not appear because of the General Strike.
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