Cllrs Kenny and Mags MacLaren attended a ceremony to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the death of Fireman James Mair, who was killed on 29th June 1899 whilst fighting a fire at the Ferguslie Fireclay Works.
A memorial service was held before the unveiling of a ceremonial stone and Fire Brigades Union commemorative wall plaque at 111 Ferguslie, Paisley.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren said:
“It is good to see that as the new shop units were being built at 111 Ferguslie it was agreed to commemorate Fireman James Mair with both a ceremonial stone and commemorative wall plaque. It is important to remember our history and especially local heroes who put their lives on the line for others.”
Councillor Mags MacLaren added:
“Too often history is littered with plaques and memorials to the ‘great and the good’ and everyday working people are forgotten. This commemoration helps to address this issue and highlights the heroes we have in our communities. It may be 120 years since Fireman James Mair was killed in the line of duty but we should be thankful for our modern day firefighters who do so much to protect the public.”