Programme 14th January

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'The normal Friday evening life of West Calder was shattered by the wailing of the sirens indicating pit disaster and heralding a period of mourning and loss unequalled in the long history of mining associations. Only a mining community can appreciate the true significance of such dread summons.'


Newspaper Report

11.00 Opening Music/West Calder Public Band/Union Square.


11.05 Welcome. Joe Thomas, former West Lothian Provost.


11.10 Why we are here/words from ex-shale miner Davie



11.15 Children from the choirs of Parkhead Primary School and  St

         Mary's Primary School (Polbeth) perform a song about the  

         shale mining industry.


11.20 Reading of poems by primary school pupils.


11.25 Remember Burngrange (song).


11.30 Ecumenical Service.


11.35 Reading of the names of the miners who died.


11.40 Minute silence.


11.41 Public hymn.


11.45 Epilogue and close/closing music West Calder Public