The Auchinloch Miners’ Memorial project group is calling on local residents and people who have previously lived in the area, or who have relatives in the village, to take their opportunity make a final decision on the design for the memorial.
At Auchinloch Bowling Club on Saturday 16 November from 12pm to 2pm, people will have the chance to look at the plans, view models of the two proposals for the memorial and vote on the one they would prefer to be developed. People can also suggest what engraving they would like to see on the memorial.
Both memorial designs are in the shape of an ‘A’ to represent the name of the village and its geographical layout when viewed from above. One of the designs has a wheel at the front to signify the colliery.
The designs are based in input from the Auchinloch community, including a survey and vote over the summer when the ‘A’ shape was chosen. People can now vote whether or not to include the wheel in the final design.
Work will also be on display from pupils at Auchinloch Primary School who have been involved in a project related to the plans for the memorial.
The memorial, which is planned for opposite the school, is designed to help preserve the village’s mining heritage for current and future generations.
The memorial designs have been carried out free-of-charge by designers Fiona McWhinnie and her father Joe Hall who live in Auchinloch, based in input from the community.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) awarded funding of £5,000 for the creation of the Auchinloch Miners’ Memorial which the project group hopes will be erected in the village early next year, subject to approval from North Lanarkshire Council.
Marion Walls, project leader of the Auchinloch Miners’ Memorial group, said: “We would encourage members of the local community, people who used to live in the area, or who have family still in the village, to come along to the bowling club on 16 November to have their say on the planned Miners’ Memorial.
“The memorial will help preserve Auchinloch’s history and its strong mining heritage on which the village was built.”
Nicky Wilson, a Scottish CRT trustee, said: “We were pleased to be able to provide £5,000 towards the development of Auchinloch Miners’ Memorial. The project group has done a great job, and it’s good that anyone with an interest in the community can get involved in progressing the plans for the memorial.”