TW-09 Mining Pay Office & Davy Buchanan

Twechar Works Employees

The sense of community both within and between the villages of East Dunbartonshire can been seen in many stories.
One of these is that of Davy Buchanan, a local to Twechar with Down’s Syndrome. Davy was known to many as he played the accordion with dance bands regularly at late-night dancing in Kilsyth, and, while he wasn’t officially employed by the Coal Board, he worked at the mines where he would be paid a wage by the other men who worked there. The community looked out for Davy whether that was by giving him a lift or walking with him to places, or gathering a collection so that he could stand in the queue at the Pay Office and get a wage packet too for his work.


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