Stanrigg and Arbuckle Colliery Disaster, Plains, North Lanarkshire
19 killed - 9 July 1918
8 of the 9 Stones to the Right Hand Side of the Headstone on Previous Page
9th stone to right side of tombstone
This stone and 2 below are on left hand side and continue the run
in a clockwise direction from the tombstone
AN important landmark remembering one of the worst mining tragedies to befall Monklands has undergone a major facelift.
Inclement weather conditions late last year led to the Stanrigg Memorial Park needing urgent repair work to restore it to its former glory.
Following Peter Downie’s appeal for help to repair the Greengairs-based monument in the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, a mining company owned by the Gillespie family dynasty answered the call and stepped in to repair and clean the memorial – free of charge.
A delighted Peter said: “I regularly attend the memorial to monitor its condition and following a spell of awful weather last year, I noticed that it was badly in need of repairs.
“I put the appeal for companies to lend a hand in the Advertiser and the local community council, Alex Neil MSP and Councillor Sophia Coyle got involved in trying to get the repairs carried out.
“Councillor Coyle contacted the Gillespie family and they very kindly offered to repair and clean the memorial for no cost.
“They are telling us that the memorial should now last for many decades without needing any major repairs, and have promised they will be back if it needs cleaned in the future.
“This was an absolutely wonderful gesture that the retired miners’ branch, the National Union of Miners and I wish to thank them for.
“We’d also like to thank Mr Neil, Councillor Coyle and everyone else who has helped to look after the memorial.
“The park is looking fantastic and it’s a tribute to the quality of the repairs and cleaning work.”
The Stanrigg Memorial Park commemorates the tragic death of 19 miners at Stanrigg Colliery in July 1918 following a collapse in the mine.
Next year marks a century since the devastating disaster, so the timing of these repairs couldn’t have been more appropriate.
Councillor Coyle, who represents Airdrie North, was determined to play her part in restoring the monument.
She said: “I met with Peter at my surgery in Greengairs and he mentioned the memorial was needing repaired, and that he’d put an appeal for help in the Advertiser.
“Weeks went by without anyone coming forward, so I spoke to the mining association about speaking to companies from further afield who would be willing to help.
“It was very fitting that a mining company offered to carry out the repairs and the memorial looks stunning.
“It would have been a huge shame if the original stone had to be taken away or replaced; thanks to the repairs this won’t have to happen and it would be really nice if we can get another century out of the memorial."
Stanrigg Memorial Park
Meikle Drumgray Road, Wattston, North Lanarkshire
East Entrance at Edge of Greengairs
West Entrance in Wattston
The Distinctive Notice at the East End Which is the Same as the One Partially Hidden in the West Entrance