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Memorial for 19 killed in 1960 Cheapside Street fire

Cheapside fire
Image caption The memorial honours the 19 people who died tackling the Cheapside fire

A memorial stone has been unveiled on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow for the 19 people who died tackling the Cheapside Street fire, 50 years ago.

The blaze at a whisky warehouse, on 28 March 1960, was the worst peacetime disaster for the fire service.

A black granite slab will be placed yards from the site of the bonded warehouse, which is now derelict.

A service was held in March for the 14 firefighters and five salvage corps members who died.

It included a service at Glasgow Cathedral and a wreath-laying service at the city's Necropolis.

The Lord Provost is due to unveil the memorial, which shows a firefighter dousing flames.

Chaplains from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue will dedicate the memorial.

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