Memorial Fundraiser Commences

Our 2021 campaign for remembering the miners of the Blantyre Pit Disaster got off to a flying start this month!

In early January, we teamed up with the Miners Welfare to discuss creating a memorial which specifically names all the Blantyre miners lost in the Pit Disaster of 1877.

The latest meeting today was with South Lanarkshire Council to discuss the proposals, proposing that the miners names are engraved on the existing obelisk, or the creation of a new memorial entirely. Further plans include a ‘storyboard’ to tell the unique story of the disaster and the rescue efforts. With thanks to YOUR January subscriptions on Blantyre Telegraph, £200 was handed over this afternoon to Andy Simm of Blantyre Miners Welfare to get the fundraising started.

See how YOU can get involved and feel free to contribute. All funds are going entirely to the Memorial Fund, being held by the Miner’s Welfare.

All being well, the new memorial will be unveiled on the next anniversary of the disaster in October.

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