Victims of Bishopbriggs mining disaster to be remembered a century on.

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PLANS are underway to mark the 100th anniversary of a mining disaster that claimed the lives of 22 men.

Fire broke out at Cadder Pit No.15, near Mavis Valley in Bishopbriggs, on August 3, 1913.

Among the dead recovered from the pit owned by the Carron Company were 13 married men and two sets of brothers from Bishopbriggs - Alexander, William and John Brown, and Robert and William Ramsay.

Other victims of the tragedy came from Lambhill, Garscube, Possilpark, Jellyhill and Maryhill.

East Dunbartonshire Council is planning to mark the 100th anniversary of the pit tragedy and is collating information about the families affected by the disaster, and the life of the families who lived at Jellyhill/Mavis Valley during that period.

Provost Una Walker is appealing for anyone whose family has a connection with the pit to come forward.

She said: “This disaster affected so many people within and around the area, so it is fitting that the council memorialises the men who lost their lives in the Cadder Pit.

“I would appeal for anyone whose family had a connection with the pit to get in touch.”

Anyone who has information about the Cadder Pit disaster or who would like to get involved in 100th anniversary memorial plans can e-mail wendy.mackie@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Mining was a major industry across the East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire areas in the 20th century.

On September 18, 1959, 47 men lost their lives in the Auchengeich colliery disaster, near Moodiesburn.

Every year the community gathers for a poignant Remembrance Service near the former colliery site.

In 2009 a statue of a miner was erected to mark the 50th anniversry of the Auchengeich disaster.

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