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Oldest survivor marks 75th anniversary of Paisley’s worst wartime disaster

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The oldest survivor of Paisley’s worst wartime disaster commemorated the lives of her fallen comrades in a special memorial service.

Jenny Enterkin, aged 102, survived the blast that killed 92 of her fellow volunteers working at the Woodside First Aid Post 75 years ago.

Two German parachute mines were dropped over Paisley Cross on the early hours of 6 May 1941. The most deadly hit the First Aid Post, with the other bomb killing two firemen a few streets away.

More than 150 relatives and friends whose loved ones perished in the disaster came to show their respects at the memorial service -  held at the Cairn in Woodside Cemetery erected to commemorate the disaster. 

Jenny laid one of three memorial wreaths in memory of those who lost their lives that day.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall also laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Renfrewshire. Dr Stella Gibson, whose late father worked as the Chief Medical Officer at the post, laid the final wreath.

 

The names of those lost in the disaster were read out by Council Leader Mark Macmillan, members of the Board of Woodside Cemetery and community representatives during the service.

James Ferguson, whose father Peter helped emergency services in the aftermath of the bombings and kept a rare memento from the scene - a piece of the parachute cord - also attended the service led by Reverend George Prentice.

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HISTORY

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Paisley is the largest town in Scotland. The town  has a rich history; from it’s 12th century Cluniac Abbey, it’s world famous Paisley Pattern Shawls, and its position at the forefront of the Thread Industry all of which brought great wealth and prosperity to the Town, enabling it to build it’s inspiring Town Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Observatory, Schools and numerous fine Churches.

Paisley is surrounded by many historical towns and villages and is also ideally situated as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands, with Loch Lomond only 20 minutes away and Edinburgh a mere 45 minutes, and with the airport within 2 miles of the centre of Paisley, it really is the ideal base for visitors from near and far.

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