Fire crews remember Cheapside Street blast

The largest peacetime loss of life ever suffered by Britain's fire and rescue services has been remembered at a memorial service.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

Nineteen men were killed while battling the massive blaze at a whisky warehouse in Glasgow on March 28 1960.

An explosion at the Cheapside Street facility sent its 20-metre high (60ft) walls crashing into the street below.

Fourteen city firemen and five members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps died in the blast.

A memorial service to remember those who died was held at the Glasgow Necropolis on the 54th anniversary of the tragedy.

Officers from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service took part in the memorial event, the first held since the national service was formed last year.

Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said: "The Cheapside Street disaster is a pivotal moment in the history of this city and the fire and rescue service.

"The scale of the explosion and ferocity of the fire posed a massive threat to neighbouring buildings, and the firefighters' efforts that night undoubtedly prevented the blaze from spreading to other sites.

"We can never forget those who paid the ultimate price to protect the public, or the loved-ones whose lives were changed forever by a devastating and tragic loss."

The Glasgow firefighters who died were James Calder, John McPherson, John Allan, Christopher Boyle, Gordon Chapman, William Crocket, Archibald Darroch, Daniel Davidson, Alfred Dickinson, Alexander Grassie, George McIntyre, Edward McMillan, Ian McMillan and William Watson.

The Glasgow Salvage Corps members were Edward Murray, James McLellan, Gordon McMillan, James Mungall and William Oliver.

Fire

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

157599

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Sussed in the city

Michelle McManus

Special cause helped me to keep off wine

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Hallowe’en, scaremongering reports and loom bands.

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.