Poignant tribute to miners who lost their lives

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A CELEBRATED local artist is teaming up with a stonemason to deliver a lasting tribute to the victims of one of Scotland’s worst mining tragedies.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Cadder Pit disaster, which saw fire claim the lives of 22 men on August 3, 1913 - leaving behind 13 widows and 40 fatherless children.

To mark the centenary East Dunbartonshire Council has asked Kirkintilloch artist Willie Rodger to design a commemorative cairn - to be built by stonemason John Ralson.

The cairn will be unveiled at a special memorial service on Sunday, August 4, at Bishopbriggs Library.

There will also be an exhibition on the disaster and the history of the mining industry in the Bishopbriggs area.

Meanwhile, a booklet is being produced by local historian Bill Finlay who has spoken to many people who have memories of family and friends.

Another booklet, by fellow-historian Don Martin, will tell the story of the disaster, while archives officers are working on an oral history project to tie in with the centenary.

If you have a story you would like to tell about a member of your family who was involved in the disaster or in the mining industry email wendy.mackie@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Provost Una Walker, who is heading up the centenary committee, is pictured with the duo selected to design and build the memorial.

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