Mining disaster vitims set to be remembered at special service

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Relatives of the 22 miners who lost their lives in a mining tragedy a century ago are set to travel to Bishopbriggs from as far afield as the Cayman Islands to attend a memorial service.

The men perished in a fire at the Cadder Pit, near Bishopbriggs, on Sunday, August 3, 1913, leaving behind 13 widows and 40 fatherless children.

One hundred years on, a memorial cairn dedicated to the victims will be unveiled at a ceremony outside Bishopbriggs Library at 2pm on Sunday, August 4.

Further tributes planned include an exhibition at Bishopbriggs Library and publications produced by local historians Bill Finlay and Don Martin.

Provost Una Walker has been working closely on the memorial with local artist Willie Rodger and Stonemason John Ralson.

She said: “It is a beautiful tribute and a fitting commemoration 100 years after the tragedy took place.

“Although it seems like a long time ago, those who died are truly not forgotten by the community and many relatives will be attending the memorial service, some travelling all the way from the Cayman Islands.

“It is our hope that these tributes will preserve the memory of those who died for future generations to come.”

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