Remembering the 10 who died in horror blaze

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THIS Friday marks the anniversary of one of the worst fires in Kirkintilloch’s history.

Ten young potato pickers lost their lives when a blaze broke out in an Eastside bothy at around 1am on September 16, 1937.

A fatal accident inquiry found the 10 victims – aged between 10 and 23 – were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while they slept, before the fire started.

By the time police and firefighters managed to get into the shell, the roof had collapsed.

In 2007, to mark the 70th anniversary of the tragedy, a plaque was unveiled in Eastside (pictured).