PREPARATIONS for the service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Cadder Pit Disaster are now coming to an end.
News of the service has created interest from overseas, as well as from local people who are descendants of the miners who lost their lives all those years ago.
To mark this important local event, a cairn has been commissioned by the East Dunbartonshire Council which is being situated in the square in front of Bishopbriggs Library.
This is being built by local Stonemason John Ralson and the top stone has been designed by local artist Willie Rodger.
Provost Una Walker will unveil the cairn on Sunday, August 4, when all 22 miners will be remembered and their names will be memorialised on the front of the cairn.
There will be a short service by the Rev. Graham Finch of Cadder Parish Church and also by the Rev. Noel Barry of St Agnes’ Parish Church in Lambhill.
The service will start at 2pm and all are welcome.
Bishopbriggs Library will be open on the day with a display of photographs of Mavis Valley, where some of the miners lived, and also of the people who lived there.
In addition, on the day, a copy of comprehensive history of the disaster written by local historians Don Martin and Bill Findlay, will be available.
Light refreshments in the library will be available for all, while local store Asda has sponsored this part of the service and staff will be there on the day to support the event.
Provost Una Walker, who was instrumental in leading on this important event, said: “This has been an important journey that myself, the working group and local people have been on during the last year as we get closer to the date of the disaster itself.
“We have learned so much of the local history and about the miners, their families and the effect the disaster had on their descendants. I am delighted that so many people contacted me about their memories of their family and that so many of them still live locally – whom I hope to meet at the service.
“Some experiences and memories are recorded in Bill Findlay’s booklet which is available at the service and the ‘History of the Disaster’ by Don Martin is also available.”
She added: “I am looking forward to meeting descendants of the miners and friends of the families at the service.”
As well as the service in Bishopbriggs, there is a programme which covers what is happening in East Dunbartonshire and also at Lambhill, where some of the miners lived.
SATURDAY, 3 AUGUST:
12.30pm – Wreath laid by Provost Una Walker and Bailie Mohammed Razaq (Glasgow City Council) at miners’ monument, Cadder Cemetery, Bishopbriggs.
LAMBILL AND ST KENTIGERN’S
1.30pm – Wreath Laying at miners’ monument at St Kentigern’s Cemetery
Entertainment, tea and refreshments at Lambhill Stables
3pm – Minute’s silence followed by unveiling of Lambhill Monument at Lambhill Stables.
5pm - Vigil Mass at St Agnes’ Parish Church, 694 Balmore Road, G22 6QS
SUNDAY, 4 AUGUST:
2pm – Short service and unveiling of cairn at Bishopbriggs Library, Kirkintilloch Road, followed by refreshments and entertainment in the library.
There will also be exhibition and memorabilia material in the library, which will remain there for a few weeks.
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