Min­ing me­mo­rial meet­ings

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two pub­lic meet­ings will be held to de­ter­mine whether there is a ap­petite for a min­ers me­mo­rial in Ruther­glen.

In the middle of the 19th cen­tury, the Burgh was home to sev­eral mines, in­clud­ing those at Stonelaw, East­field and Bankhead in Spit­tal.

The last, near Farme Cross, closed in 1921, but there is noth­ing to mark the part the in­dus­try played in the town’s his­tory.

The pro­ject is be­ing spear­headed by re­tired char­tered min­ing en­gi­neer, Bob McDon­ald, 83.

A mem­ber of the South La­nark­shire ‘ Pits, Ponies and Peo­ple’ group, Bob was giv­ing a talk on min­ing his­tory at the li­brary last year.

When some­one pointed out there was no me­mo­rial, Bob ap­proached the Ruther­glen Her­itage So­ci­ety who agreed to take it for­ward.

He has now ar­ranged two events at the end of this month to gain ideas for what shape it might take.

Bob said: “It was very ev­i­dent when I spoke that peo­ple had very lit­tle knowl­edge of the town’s min­ing past.

“This chap got up and pointed out the other towns - Cam­bus­lang, Blan­tyre, Hamil­ton - all had memo­ri­als but there was noth­ing here.

“I re­ally can’t un­der­stand that, but hope­fully we can put it right.

“Hope­fully we can get some­thing where peo­ple would no­tice it, maybe some­thing in stone.”

Once he’s gauged pub­lic sup­port, Bob hopes to ap­ply for fund­ing to take the pro­ject for­ward.

And he hinted he would like ideas from lo­cal artists as to what shape or form it could take.

The first meet­ing will take place in the li­brary on Wed­nes­day, March 23, from 3pm to 4pm.

The se­cond will take place on Thurs­day, March 24, from 6pm to 7pm.

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