Film will tell story of mining disaster
– The Herald 4 April 2015
A DOCUMENTARY is to be made for internet about a mining disaster that killed 22 men more than a century ago.
The Cadder Pit Disaster, near Bishopbriggs, in what is now East Dunbartonshire, was caused by an underground fire on August 03, 1913. Fifteen men were found huddled together as they were overcome by toxic gas or flames as they tried to escape to the surface.
Paul Troy’s production, for YouTube, Vale OF Tears, highlights the different conditions miners at the Carron Company worked under, how one man Robert Dunbar, tried to save three others.
The film-maker said: “He was an experienced miner. He managed to save three other men who were with him.”
Many of those who tried to help were forced back by the gas. 50,000 people attended the funerals.
Mr Troy said:” I wanted to create a film that showed what the conditions were like for miners at that time.”
Vale OF Tears – The Story Of The Cadder Pit Disaster Glasgow 1913
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