Demolition brings back many happy memories

FOND MEMORIES. . . Billy was one of the youngest workers on the site.
FOND MEMORIES. . . Billy was one of the youngest workers on the site.

THE demolition of Glencairn Tower brought back special memories for a Motherwell man, who this week told how he managed to get a job on the construction of the flats despite being underage.

William Ross, known as Billy, was just 17-years-old when he started working on the tower as a labourer, but back in those days you had to be at least 18 to do that kind of work.

The 65-year-old, who lives in the town’s Albion Street, explained: “I drove an overhead crane in Dalzell Steelworks and was on a reasonable salary for a boy of my age.

“A friend of mine, James Friel, explained he was going for a job to help with the construction of Glencairn Tower and asked me if I wanted to go along.

“The one thing he told me, however, was not to say my age - and I didn’t.”

He added: “I got the job and could not believe the jump in going from a boy’s wage to a man’s wage - it was unbelievable.”

For full story and more details on the demolition of Glencairn Tower, see this week’s Times & Speaker, dated Thursday, November 24.