Scottish Labour Leader, Richard Leonard MSP, and local parliamentarians, Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP, have helped celebrate the 70th anniversary of Whatton Lodge, the Lothian Mineworkers’ Convalescent Home,
The celebration event held at the lodge in Gullane, marked 70 years of the home providing free respite breaks for former miners and their families from the Lothians.
Mr Leonard was the special guest speaker, with around 60 guests and supporters from mining communities across the Lothians also attending the event.
Speaking after the event, Iain Gray MSP said:
“Whatton Lodge has provided an amazing service to former miners and their families over the last 70 years. It has a very significant role in the history of our coalfield communities and is fondly remembered by many hundreds of families across East Lothian.
“I was pleased that Richard was able to join the celebration and speak about the importance of Whatton Lodge and our mining heritage. He is very knowledgeable about the history of mining in Scotland and it was fitting to have the Scottish Labour leader at the event.”
Martin Whitfield MP said:
“It was an honour to join the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the wonderful Whatton Lodge. It has done an outstanding job over this long period, offering a very special haven for men who spent their working lives in some of the most dangerous environments imaginable.
“I know from having spoken to many of the former miners and families who enjoy holidays there just how loved and valued it is. I hope it will be able to continue providing these valuable respite breaks for many years to come.”