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Anniversary tribute for Stockline

Memorial garden
A stone circle has been built in the memorial garden

A memorial garden for the nine victims of the Stockline factory disaster has been unveiled in Glasgow.

Five men and four women died and 40 others were injured in the massive explosion in the city's Maryhill area on 11 May, 2004.

Colleagues and friends worked with the bereaved families on the memorial to mark the disaster's anniversary.

ICL Plastics Ltd, which owned Stockline, also helped to develop the memorial garden site.

The company said it wanted to provide a place near where the factory stood for families, friends, fellow workers and others to visit.

Joanna Downie of ICL Plastics Ltd, said: "Key to the creation of today's memorial garden has been input and feedback from family members.

We welcome this personally important memorial in remembrance of those who lost their lives
A statement from a family bereaved in the disaster

"Over a period of some months, their ideas and wishes have played an essential part in a continuing evolution of the design towards a final form of memorial.

"It is our intention that this memorial remains always as a place of remembrance for all those who wish to visit now and in the future."

As a long-time friend and colleague of several of those who died, Glasgow designer Patrick Moran, who has a studio in Maryhill, offered to participate in the planning and development of the garden.

He originated the idea of a stone circle with a standing stone for each person who died.

The memorial garden has four corner floral beds which provide families with their own space for planting.

Massive operation

A statement from the Brownlie family, whose sister Margaret died in the disaster, said: "We welcome this personally important memorial in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

"Many people were affected by the tragedy and it is fitting that such a tribute should exist at the heart of the Maryhill community."

Margaret Brownlie, Annette Doyle, Peter Ferguson, Thomas McAuley, Stewart McColl, Tracey McErlane, Kenneth Murray, Tim Smith and Ann Trench lost their lives in the explosion.

The red-brick factory collapsed in the force of the blast, trapping people in the rubble.

Survivors were pulled from the wreckage in a massive operation by emergency services which lasted several days.

ICL has been charged in connection with the explosion under the Health and Safety at Work Act and a trial is expected to go ahead in August.

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