Pit disaster remembered 100 years on in new book

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A book to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a pit disaster that claimed the lives of 22 miners has been written by a retired church minister.

‘Glasgow’s Pit of Despair’ by George Mitchell gives an in depth account of the tragedy which saw the men perish in a fire at the Cadder Pit, near Bishopbriggs, on Sunday, August 3, 1913.

It left 13 women as widows and 48 fatherless children. The area the men lived included Mavis Valley in Bishopbriggs and Lambhill.

George is on the board of Lambhill Stables which is holding a memorial service to mark 100 years since the tragic event on Saturday, August 3.

George, from Milton of Campsie, said: “The whole story is awful. Of the 26 men, 22 were killed. One was rescued and three escaped. Two 15-year-old boys died, one of whom was not supposed to be working that night. One family lost three sons.”

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