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Glen Cinema Disaster

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Date: 31 Dec 1929 to 31 Dec 1929
Location: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotlandmap
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The Glen Cinema Disaster occurred on 31 Dec 1929.

About 1,000 children were attending a children's matinee, when smoke from a smouldering film canister was seen. In the panic and crush which ensued, 69 children were killed and 40 were injured, 2 of whom also died in the following days. [1][2][3]

Some families lost more than one child in what was one of the worst human tragedies in Scotland. A ceremony is still held in Paisley each year on 31st December to commemorate the victims.[3]

Following the tragedy, safety regulations were improved and inspections of picture houses were made compulsory.[3]

In memory of the children who died in the Glen Cinema disaster:

Robert Adams,10

Robert Alexander, 6

John Cochran Bell, 10

William Black

Hugh Blue, 9

John Watson Bowes, 9

David Boyd, 8

Caroline Campbell Brain, 7

Lily Buchanan, 5

John William Cairns,10

Daniel McCallum Corbett, 11

Elizabeth Corrigan, 9

Agnes Stevenson Coyle, 5

Robert Buchanan Craig, 6

Francis Curran, 4

Elizabeth H Dempster, 8

Sarah McCafferty Digney, 8 (aka Sarah McCafferty)

Leah Dixon, 10

Mary Dolan, 8

George Elliott, 8

Henry Elliott, 10

Elizabeth Ingram Finlay, 8

Enso Fiori, 6

Janet Paterson Fitch, 10

William Hendry Fitch, 7

James Gatherer, 6

Margaret Gibson, 8

James Gielty, 6

John Gielty, 8

Norman Gillies, 6

John Wilson Goodwin, 9

Henry Masterton Green, 4

Mary Hannah Green, 6

Archibald Grogan, 6

Annie Paton Hamilton, 7

George Hammond, 5

Elizabeth Miller Hart, 7

Peter McCullay Houston, 9

Thomas Kerr Howard, 9

Julia McCluskey Irvine, 8

William Robert Irvine, 6

Thomas Jackson, 9

James Russell Johnston, 13

George Kennedy, 13

Helen Kilkie, 10

Thomas Kilkie, 5

Elizabeth Leonard, 11

Samuel Rankine McBlane, 7

Robert McConnell, 11

Helen Syme McCran, 9

Williamina Wood McCran, 1

Edward McEnhill, 9

James McEnhill, 11

Margaret McEnhill or Irvine, 3

Denis McGarrity, 6

Robert McGirr, 9

Jeanie McGrattan, 4

Mary Winning McWattie,10

Margaret Morrow, 10

Robert Niven, 7

Georgina McDonald Peacock, 11

Thomas Perkins, 7

John Pinkerton, 12

William Pinkerton, 5

William Rae, 15

Thomas Renton Renfrew, 11

George Lorimer Scott, 9

William Ballantyne Speirs, 7

Jane Stevenson, 9

Alexander Telfer, 4

Robert Russell Wingate, 11

Sources

  1. The Scotsman - Wednesday 01 January 1930: (British Newspaper Archive)
  2. BBC Scotland News, Published 31 December 2019: (Glen Cinema article)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GlasgowLive News: 30 Dec 2019: (Glen Cinema article)




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