Cathedral pupils look back to study their steel heritage

IN THE PICTURE . . . Cathedral Primary pupils with an image of the former Ravenscraig steelworks. Left to right are Cameron Yau, Greg McCluskey, Marie Cocozza, Lauren McCann and Rachael McGill. With them are Supercounty director Terry Currie (left), headteacher Maria Shields and MSP John Pentland.
IN THE PICTURE . . . Cathedral Primary pupils with an image of the former Ravenscraig steelworks. Left to right are Cameron Yau, Greg McCluskey, Marie Cocozza, Lauren McCann and Rachael McGill. With them are Supercounty director Terry Currie (left), headteacher Maria Shields and MSP John Pentland.

PUPILS at Cathedral Primary School have been studying the Scottish steel industry which helped make Motherwell famous across the world.

And they were given some first hand knowledge of what life was like in the industry from two recent notable visitors - MSP John Pentland, who worked at the Clyde Alloy Works in Netherton, and Supercounty director Terry Currie who worked at Ravenscraig.

Mr Pentland, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw, reminded the pupils that Dalzell Steel Works which were the first to be built in Scotland in 1872, were a few yards away from their former school building.

He told the children that at one time there were 11 steelworks locally as Motherwell became known across the country as ‘The Steel Town’.

Mr Currie, who chairs the Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Committee campaigning to have a permanent memorial to workers who died erected on the site of the former ‘Craig plant, added: “Steelworks were a dangerous place to work with so much molten metal and machinery available, and between 1913 - 2003, 2,302 people were killed and many more injured in steel works throughout Scotland.

“We want to acknowledge the sacrifice made by these men by erecting a 30-foot high Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Statue on the Ravenscraig site – in front of the sports facility – where it will be clearly visible to everyone passing through the site.”