A FATHER and his son who cleaned up fascist graffiti from a Spanish Civil War memorial to the Scots who fought in the conflict received a generous gift from a great football team.
Steven McGowan saw photos of the memorial on social media on Saturday, June 26, and decided to take his son to clean it up.
It was erected in 2012 in Duchess of Hamilton Park, Motherwell and commemorates the 40 North Lanarkshire volunteers who “gave up everything… for the cause of all advanced and progressive humanity”.
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The volunteers joined others from the UK as part of the international brigade that traveled to Spain to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War.
McGowan has been used to serving in the International Brigade since he was 15 and told the National it was “very important to him.”
He had planned a bike ride to the park with his son Steven McGowan junior, six, that day anyway and looked for cleaning supplies to remove the spray paint before getting off.
Photos of the cleaned-up memorial were first shared by one of McGowan’s friends and he later posted a photo himself with his son who was wearing a Paris Saint-Germain kit.
– McGoo Ⓜ (@ StevenMcGowan89) June 26, 2021
McGowan said the France team had contacted him to offer him free merchandise and earlier today he shared what PSG sent.
McGowan tweeted: “Many thanks to @PSG_inside for making Wee Stevens’ day with the package they sent him.
“Signed Neymar Jr top, tapes and training equipment as well as an invitation to the Parc des Princes for a match next season. Steven is as high as a kite with it all. PSG has a fan life 4 now.”
Many thanks to @ PSG_ inside for making Wee Stevens’ day with the package they sent him. Top signed Neymar Jr, tapes and training equipment as well as an invitation to the Parc des Princes for a match next season. Steven is as high as a kite with it all. PSG have a fan life 4 now🍀 pic.twitter.com/zGro12l9wf
– McGoo Ⓜ (@ StevenMcGowan89) July 12, 2021
The gift contained a letter from PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi saying how “proud and inspired” he was by the McGowans’ community work.
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He added: “That day you demonstrated important values such as respect, selflessness and hard work – values that are at the center of everything we do at Paris Saint-Germain – and the club was therefore honored to see you wearing our jersey as you make the world a better place.
“I encourage you to keep up the good work and to keep helping your community, because community is one of the important things in life.”