Steelworkers Memorial For Ravenscraig Site

Monday, 09 July 2012

A memorial is to be erected on the former Ravenscraig Steelworks site to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the Scottish iron and steelmaking industry.

The decision to raise funds for the memorial comes 20 years after the closure of Ravenscraig that brought to an end 120 years of bulk steelmaking in Scotland.

The Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund is being co-ordinated by Supercounty, the Lanarkshire civic pride campaign. They plan to raise £200,000 for the memorial which will be unveiled next year.

Chairing the Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund is Depute Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Terry Currie, a former British Steel employee and a founder member of the Supercounty board.

He said: "The iron and steel industry revolutionised the Scottish economy and we plan to erect this memorial to pay tribute to the brave workers who faced grave danger producing the steel which allowed Britain to become the workshop of the world.

"The exact number of people who died in the Scottish steel industry has never been recorded, but the total will amount to several hundred over the decades.

"The memorial is not only in remembrance of those who died, it also honours all the workers who devoted their lives to the Scottish steel industry."

The plan is to locate the monument in the paved area in front of the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility which is at the heart of one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.

Preliminary discussions have been held with sculptor Andy Scott who has designed many of Scotland's best known sculptures including Baillieston's Heavy Horse which is adjacent to the M8 motorway.

  It is proposed that the five-six metre high sculpture in galvanised steel will feature a steel worker emerging from billowing smoke while holding aloft a flowing ribbon of molten steel.

At the highest point of the flow of steel, a sprinting athlete will be seen powering towards the future - symbolising Lanarkshire's regeneration and a new start.

It was on June 1992 that the Ravenscraig Steel Works shutdown its furnaces for the last time.  Bulk steel is no longer produced in Scotland but plants still operate at Dalzell Works in Motherwell, Clydebridge Works in Cambuslang and Clydesdale works in Mossend.

The closure of Ravenscraig had a devastating effect on the local community, prompting the formation of New Lanarkshire Limited and the launch of Supercounty as the Lanarkshire civic pride campaign.

Members of the Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund include former steel union leaders Tommy Brennan and Pat Donnelly, former Lord Lieutenant Gilbert Cox and Ian Livingstone and John Scott from Supercounty.

 

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For further information please contact Karen Lambie on 01698 742050

 

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund by Beattie Communications

 

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