Memorial to steelworkers to be unveiled

Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund Trustee Tommy Brennan (centre) views the site and landscaping plans with Jim Gilchrist (left) and son Jimmy.
Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund Trustee Tommy Brennan (centre) views the site and landscaping plans with Jim Gilchrist (left) and son Jimmy.
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The memorial to those who died working in the Scottish iron and steel industry will be unveiled at the former Ravenscraig site next month.

The erection of the memorial followed a three-year campaign by the Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Fund to raise the estimated cost of around £200,000.

The five-metre-high sculpture has been designed and created by Andy Scott who gained a global reputation for many of his steel-based creations including ‘The Kelpies’.

The final touches are being put to the site which will house the sculpture, with the help of a Lanarkshire firm with a strong connection to the industry.

GP Plantscape, who are a family business based in Kirkfieldbank, offered to draw up plans for site preparation and landscaping for the memorial.

Managing director Jimmy Gilchrist said the firm hawelcomed the opportunity to play a part in creating a suitable base and background for the sculpture.”

He said: “Our family link goes back to the ‘steelwork days’ at Ravenscraig, and we have supported the Ravenscraig Burns Club for around 25 years, and a sponsor of the event for at least the past 10 years.”