Tribute planned to volunteers of Spanish conflict

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A NEW committee has been set up to pay tribute to the North Lanarkshire people who volunteered to fight during the Spanish Civil War.

The No Pasaran Memorial Committee is hoping to locate a permanent monument in Motherwell to the brave men and women who left the county from 1936-39 to try to halt the threat of fascism from General Franco’s regime.

Campaign organiser John Milligan said: “Volunteers from our own communities in North Lanarkshire joined in the fight against fascism and the defence of liberty and democracy.

“Their inspirational example will be remembered through the generations.

“Work is currently being done to organise the building of a memorial in recognition of the commitment and sacrifice of all those involved.

“We in North Lanarkshire should be proud that we can identify with these exceptional men and women.

“To help us reach our goals, we have set up the No Pasaran Memorial Committee for North Lanarkshire. No Pasaran (They shall not pass) was the acclaimed slogan of those who fought against the fascists in Spain.

“The name itself reflects the determination of the time and our local association with the struggle.”

A new exhibition on the Spanish Civil War and the contribution of local volunteers is on at Motherwell Heritage Centre.

The exhibition, titled ‘Antifascistas - British and Irish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War’ will feature artifacts supplied by the International Brigades Memorial Trust, which specialises in education about the conflict.

North Lanarkshire museums collections and exhibitions officer Clare Weir said: “We are delighted that the heritage centre has been chosen as one of the venues for this fascinating touring exhibition from the.

“Lanarkshire folk made a strong contribution to the cause of freedom and we wish John every success with his campaign for a local memorial.”

The free exhibition runs to March 31 and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am-5pm.

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