Memories of Twechar mining village

A Twechar-born man who worked as a pitboy in the village colliery is writing a book on his experiences.

John Andrews (86), who is appealing to people to donate old photos to an exhibition in the local community centre, hopes to publish “Memories of Childhood in a Mining Village” soon.

Former Lenzie Academy pupil John, who now lives in England, started working at the village’s No1. Pit at the age of just 15-years-old.

Twechar No.1 Pit, on the north bank of the canal to the east of Twechar Bridge, closed in 1964.

John told the Herald: “I have many, many memories of the village and I hope people will donate to the exhibition. I have given some myself, including one of Twechar Yard in 1931.

To donate to the exhibition, call Sandra Sutton on 01236 827154 or pop in to the centre.