Caterpillar legacy cash boosts good causes
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