Civil War Remembered

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AN EXHIBITION which pays tribute to those who volunteered locally to fight Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War has opened at Kilsyth Library.

Members of Kilsyth and District Spanish Civil War Volunteers Memorial Campaign and invited guests attended the official opening of the exhibition at the library on Monday, July 30.

The exhibition tells the story of the Civil War that tore through Spain from 1936 to 1939, and was brought to the town as part of their campaign to commemorate the role of local volunteers who fought in the war.

Kilsyth volunteers included miner Robert Burns, who fought for 14 months before bring wounded and returning home.

George Burleigh also volunteered and was one of the first Scots in Spain as an ambulance man. He eventually served with the Spanish Medical Aid Committee’s International Brigade team.

The exhibition runs in Kilsyth Library until Monday, August 13.

For full story, see this week’s Cumbernauld News or Kilsyth Chronicle dated Wednesday, August 1.

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