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Nov 29, 2010

Civic Reception

On Friday 19 November, Dennis Agnew, The Provost of West Dunbartonshire Council, gave a Civic Reception in the Clydebank Town Hall in recognition of the role that the Clydebank Asbestos Group has played in the community over the past 18 years.

The Group would like to place on record their great appreciation of the honour accorded us by Provost Agnew.

He has been a long time supporter of the group, and has continued the previous backing we had received from his predecessors.

Further to this, he was instrumental in the setting up of a steering committee to help with the progress of the International Workers Memorial Monument which has been commissioned by this group.

We would also like to thank all of the Councillors of West Dunbartonshire for their continued support for all we attempt to do for the victims of Asbestos Exposure.

We add our thanks to those who attended the function, these included Gemma Doyle MP, Des McNulty MSP, Gil Paterson MSP, the WDC councillors and other guests.

All those who were in attendance appreciated the evening, further thanks are due to the Provost for the Buffet and Refreshments provided.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the role of our Chairman, Bob Dickie.

In his reply to the Provost’s welcome, he gave a comprehensive and detailed history of the group.  He spoke not only about our everyday business in respect of assisting our clients, stressing the fact, that not only do we deal with individual and family visits to the premises, but also the fact that our volunteers never hesitate to do home visits for those unfortunate people, who due to their advanced condition, are unable to leave either their home, or in certain cases, other places where they are now resident.

He also related to the company, the details of the many campaigns we have been involved in over the years which have resulted in us gaining international recognition.

Most of those present had more than a fair idea of our past history, but thanks to Bob, not one person left the function not knowing the history of this group.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the magnificent support over the years, not only from the aforementioned, but our clients and members, past elected local MP’s,  MSP’s and Councillors, Trade Unions, local and national and also both West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow Welfare Rights Departments.  

I will conclude by taking this opportunity to thank on behalf of the group, Dawn Construction Ltd., Clydeside Regeneration, Clydebank Rebuilt and officers of the council for their ongoing assistance in the progress of the Memorial Monument.

I would also wish to record our great gratitude to Thompson’s Solicitors, the company who have handled the majority of our client’s cases over the years, and continue to do so.

Submitted by Joe O’Neil

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