Cadder Pit Disaster memorial stone given facelift in advance of centenary events

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RESTORATION work has been carried out on a poignant memorial to the miners killed in the Cadder Pit Disaster 100 years ago.

This year marks the centenary of the tragedy - one of the worst in Scottish mining history - which claimed the lives of 22 men on August 3, 1913, and left behind 13 widows and 40 fatherless children.

Various events have been organised to mark the occasion later this year and the first has now been completed by Lambhill Stables Community Hub and Social Enterprise.

The organisation, which serves the Glasgow community where several of the disaster victims lived, has successfully restored a 15 foot memorial stone in nearby St Kentigern Cemetery.

The whole monument has been cleaned and repairs carried out by a volunteer stonemason.

Lambhill Stables will also be organising a photo exhibition, heritage trails, a book and an event on August 3 with relatives of the families involved - all supported by the Heritage Lottery Fun.

They will run in parallel with a number of event being planned by East Dunbartonshire Council - including a commemorative cairn designed by Kirkintilloch artist Willie Rodger.

Lambhill Stables programme manager David Cruickshank said: “We are very grateful for the work put into restoring the memorial by a volunteer stonemason.

“This is part of series of activities we are organising as a mark of respect for the 22 people and their families who lost their lives in 1913.

“We would like local people to get in contact with us if they would like to be involved”.

For more information go to www.lambhillstables.org

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