Cater­pil­lar legacy cash boosts good causes

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A group which com­mem­o­rates the his­tory of Ud­dingston’s Cater­pil­lar fac­tory has do­nated funds to sup­port var­i­ous com­mu­nity projects in the area.

In Jan­uary 1987, the work­ers of the Cater­pil­lar plant in Ud­dingston seized the fac­tory and bar­ri­caded them­selves in – a des­per­ate ef­fort to save 1200 jobs and a gen­er­a­tion of fam­i­lies who had worked there since it opened in 1957.

To­day, a num­ber of those work­ers are now in­volved in pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of the his­toric dis­pute and The Cater­pil­lar Legacy Pro­ject was cre­ated.

The group will en­sure the dis­pute is doc­u­mented for­ever in an ar­chive, tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion and me­mo­rial.

One mem­ber of this group is Thorniewood Labour coun­cil­lor Bob Bur­rows, who worked at the Cater­pil­lar plant prior to its clo­sure and says his in­volve­ment en­cour­aged him to pur­sue a ca­reer in pol­i­tics.

Bob said: “I have been work­ing for nearly three years with the Cater­pil­lar Pro­ject rais­ing the aware­ness of the trade union oc­cu­pa­tion that hap­pened in the Tan­nochside fac­tory over 30 years ago.”

He added: “We held our last meet­ing re­cently and the pro­ject had some funds that they wanted to dis­trib­ute lo­cally and asked me to hand out some cash to some groups to help fi­nan­cially al­beit in a small way.”

Money was given to the View­park Fam­ily Cen­tre to pur­chase toys and equip­ment for the chil­dren.

A do­na­tion to Tan­nochside In­for­ma­tion and Ad­vice Cen­tre will help sup­port the work they do for peo­ple that need help.

The Kew Gar­dens and Wood­lands View­park shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion com­plexes were also given donations to­wards their Christ­mas event.

A fur­ther do­na­tion went to Fall­side-based char­ity VIP Arts and Sports Academy, who this week will travel to New York with 15 young­sters to per­form on Broad­way.

VIP founder Gail Smith said: “We are very grate­ful for this do­na­tion which will al­low the chil­dren to en­joy car­riage rides through Cen­tral Park, some­thing we could not af­ford oth­er­wise.”

Over the moon View­park Fam­ily Cen­tre will use the money to pur­chase toys and equip­ment for the chil­dren

De­lighted The Wood­lands View­park shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion com­plexes re­ceives their do­na­tion

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