It also prompted me to write this poem....
POEM'S GLOSSARY OF TERMS
- A fond farewe�� kiss- Redundancy payment
- Fire frothing dragon- metaphorical name for our Electric Arc Furnace.
- Cast- where the metal is poured from the furnace.
- Hot-spots- Red hot spots that appear on the furnace sides when the inner brickwork falls in.This was very dangerous, as the metal used to spill out onto the floor space where the furnacemen worked.
- Cleek- a long thin iron rod about 8 foot long which was used to manipulate the crane's heavy chains.
- Thermal lance- a 12 foot rod which cuts through metal and is attached to an oxygen line.
Somethin' seemed amiss that day, as skilled men were let go?
A fond farewe�� kiss....'afore yon final hammer blow.
No grandeur in The Meadow, yon filthy pit o' toil.
Charred an' hard oor overalls an' earplugs stained wi' oil.
See yon fire-frothing dragon, spewing peaches at the seams.
Hot-spots, nae investment, she wiz dying oan 'er knees.
Girdered limbs wid graft, till the last light of the day.
Harder work fur awe, as machinery decays.
Shovels,cleeks an' pinch bars, thermal lances, nuts an' bolts.
Gabby's, chains o' iron made in awe size and sorts.
Sand o' moulding green, being rammed tae take the metal.
Piece by piece assembled... ratcheted an' settled.
Instruction tae the Craneman, who wiz sat amoung the Gods.
"Baw hair tae the left or right !" Our finely chosen words.
Bricks an' twisted ladders lie now, broken up and sold.
South oor jobs are rolling, fleeced once more oor Scottish gold.
Tradition tae Submission! All oor pleading t'has been shunned.
Works went doon tae England, as OOR last roll.... it wiz turned.
Many men wir scolded, lost their limbs consigned tae wheels.
Bless those soaked in wave, leavin' only leather heels.
A decade noo has passed, since yon PADLOCK KEY wiz turned.
Fading recollections being reminded by ma burns.
100 years o' making steel, Coatbridge's own flirtation.
Wid oor furnace still be roaring in an independent nation?
� WM WILLIS 2004 and � (revised) 2014