No Pasaran launch at heritage centre

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The public launch of the No Pasaran Memorial Committee, North Lanarkshire, has taken place at Motherwell Heritage Centre.

The centre has just finished hosting the International Brigades Memorial Trust’s travelling exhibition ‘Antifascistas - British and Irish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War’.

The event was opened by North Lanarkshire provost Tom Curley and featured speeches and songs from the Lanarkshire Songwriters Group and Friends of the No Pasaran Memorial Committee commemorating the commitment, heroism and sacrifice of the volunteers who went to fight against Fascism and General Franco in Spain.

Among the audience of representatives of North Lanarkshire Trades Union Council (NLTUC), members of the public and Catalan visitors to Motherwell were relatives of some of the volunteers from North Lanarkshire who gave moving personal recollections.

The committee was formed to organise the building of a memorial for North Lanarkshire and they were delighted to inform the audience that following discussions with North Lanarkshire Council a site in the Duchess of Hamilton Park, Motherwell, has now been secured.

Mike Arnott, of the International Brigades Memorial Trust and a speaker at the event, said: “The communities of North Lanarkshire made a great contribution in the Spanish Civil War and the committee is to be commended for their aim to build a memorial to reflect that commitment.”

Committee member Frankie McGuinness thanked all those who participated in the event.

He said: “It was extremely pleasing to note the enthusiasm and growing support to build a memorial.

“Raising the necessary funds was high on the agenda and the committee will be seeking public support in that endeavour.”

For more information e-mail the No Pasaran committee or call 07530 971662.