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Mossend steel firm’s boost for workers’ memorial fund

Tommy Brennan accepts the donation from Vallourec human relations manager Archie Wilson (left) and plant manager Gordon Reid.

Tommy Brennan accepts the donation from Vallourec human relations manager Archie Wilson (left) and plant manager Gordon Reid.

The campaign to create a memorial to those who died working in the Scottish steel industry was given a £5,000 boost this week.

French-owned company Vallourec Oil & Gas UK Ltd made the doantion to the Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Fund set up under the umbrella of the Supercounty civic pride campaign.

For many years the firm has been operating out of what was the Clydesdale Steelworks site in Mossend.

The campaign aims to raise enough money to erect a monument on the site of the former Ravenscraig site to pay tribute to the many men who died while working in Scottish plants.

The latest donation was handed over to Tommy Brennan -the former trade union convener at Ravenscraig and now secretary of the Memorial Fund - by Vallourec plant manager Gordon Reid and human relations manager Archie Wilson.

Mr Reid said the firm was pleased to make the donation because it was historically part of British Steel and had a strong affinity to the steel industry.

He said: “Located at Mossend and employing 260 on-site personnel, we remain the only tube-heat treatment and threading facility in the UK, with some members of our staff having worked here for 35-40 years.

“We regarded this Steelworkers’ Memorial proposal as a great project and felt with our long proud tradition on this site - one we are keen to continue operating from into the future - it was a project we would be pleased to support.”

 

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