Dalziel pupils look back in time

Frank Roy MP helps unveil the banner
Frank Roy MP helps unveil the banner
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Pupils at Dalziel High School in Motherwell have come up with an eyecatching way to mark a major part of the town’s steel heritage.

The organisers of the campaign to have a permanent memorial to those who died working in the Scottish steel industry have been involving local schools heavily in the project.

For as well as raising funds to erect the memorial of the site of the former Ravenscraig steel plant, they have also been keen to raise awareness among young people of how important the industry was to the area.

And pupils at Dalziel have certainly taken the lesson to heart by creating their very own timeline banner detailing the history of the ‘Craig.

The project began by looking at iron ore and its chemical properties which encouraged the class to explore Ravenscraig and crossed classroom boundaries by becoming an interdisciplinary project which included physics, chemistry, local history and geography.

Dalziel rector Robert Birch explained: “The young people really took great interest in the local history of Ravenscraig.

“Under the watchful eye of Margaret Craw, the class researched Ravenscraig from its inception to its demise and the results are very impressive – a timeline which spans 60 years.”

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy and John Scott from the Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Fund visited the school last week to speak with the young people involved in the project and see the results of their work.

Mr Roy said: “As a former steelworker I know how important the plant was to the people of Motherwell and the surrounding areas, both socially and economically.

“The work that the young people have accomplished is remarkable. The research, time and effort must be commended and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to meet the young people involved.”

Mr Scott added: “It is our aim to create a memorial within the Ravenscraig site as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the Scottish steel industry.

“To have the opportunity to visit Dalziel High School and to speak with the young people, many of whom had family who worked in the plant, was very humbling.

“I know the banner will be proudly displayed in school but I think it is important that the wider community have the opportunity to read of our local history and I’m delighted that CultureNL will install a second banner within North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre.”