Tata top up memorial fund

CHEQUEING IN: Colin Timmins (left) presents the Tata Steel cheque to Tommy Brennan
CHEQUEING IN: Colin Timmins (left) presents the Tata Steel cheque to Tommy Brennan

The campaign to have a permament memorial to Scotland’s steelworkers erected on the site of the former Ravenscraig plant has been given a major cash boost by the operators of Lanarkshire’s two remaining steel works.

Tata Steel, operators of the Dalzell plate mill in Motherwell and the Clydebridge works in Cambuslang, have contributed £2,000 to the Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Fund.

The fund’s trustees, operating under the auspices of civic pride campaign Supercounty, hope to raise enough for a statue paying tribute to those who lost their lives working in the Scottish steel industry.

It is planned to site the memorial next to the Ravenscraig sports complex on land which was formerly occupied by the plant.

The donation was handed over to Memorial Fund secretary Tommy Brennan by Colin Timmins, plant manager of Dalzell and Clydebridge works.

Mr Brennan, who was a leading union shop steward at Ravenscraig for many years, said: “We’re delighted to receive this cheque from Tata Steel and the promise of further support and practical help to erect this memorial statue.

“We have received a fair amount of donations from companies, organisations and individuals but in the current economic climate it’s slower progress than we had hoped for.”

Mr Timmins said: “Tata Steel is pleased to do what it can to recognise the local community and families of ex-steelworkers through the erection of this memorial at Ravenscraig.

“A great deal of investment has taken place at Dalzell Works which, I hope, will mean there is a Scottish steel industry for many years to come.

“I’m sure if Tata Steel can help with providing raw material to boost the project in the final stages the company will do all it can to support this venture.”