Dig­ging into min­ing his­tory

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Two pub­lic meet­ings will be held to de­ter­mine whether there is an 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 gave a talk on min­ing his­tory at the li­brary last year.

The first meet­ing will take place in the li­brary on Wed­nes­day, March 23, from 3pm to 4pm. The se­cond will take place the fol­low­ing day from 6pm to 7pm.

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