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International Workers Memorial Day 2018

West Lothian this week joined in with a worldwide day of remembrance to mark International Workers' Memorial Day.

The annual event took place in Balbardie Park of Peace in Bathgate on Saturday 28 April.

The international day of remembrance for workers killed in accidents at work, or by diseases caused by work, is marked in countries across the world.

The West Lothian ceremony featured an introduction from George Paul, chair of the West Lothian Trade Union Council (TUC), with an opening comment from Provost Tom Kerr.

The keynote speakers on the day were Martyn Day MP and Neil Findlay MSP representing the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), and the event also included prayers and the laying of floral tributes. The poignant ceremony was brought to a close with a minute's silence, followed by the Flowers of the Forest lament by piper Grant Walker from Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band.

Provost Tom Kerr said: "International Workers' Memorial Day is an important event each year that highlights the need for better health and safety in the workplace. The council is delighted to support the event, and we would like to thank Jim Swan and West Lothian Trade Union Council for organising it."