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Families of Stockline victims say they still visit memorial 10 years on

RELATIVES of one of the victims of the Stockline blast have told of how they continue to go to the memorial garden set up at the scene of the tragedy.

Kenneth Murray was the eighth victim to be pulled from the rubble after the Glasgow factory collapsed following a gas blast on May 11, 2004.

His widow Marie and their children Emma, Lauren and Marc, remember him as a "good dad, a great husband" and as someone who "never had an enemy in the world". Mrs Murray, 53, from Paisley, said she still goes to the memorial on Hopehill Road which serves as a meeting point in times of need.

"It's the last place where Kenny was," she said. "We like coming here. It does mean a lot to us."

Mr Murray, who was 45, was not an employee of ICL Plastics but had worked there for years for a contractor. His wife spoke to him for the last time shortly before his shift started at 8am that day.

The family has let go of most of the anger they felt in the years after his death.

Mrs Murray said: "We did [feel angry] for a long time. But it doesn't get you anywhere so you've just got to get on with it as best as you can."

"The sadness will never fade. Mr Murray would have been a granddad had he lived."

Mr Murray's family have formed close friendships with members of other victims' families.

The memorial garden, which was developed three years after the tragedy, has served as a meeting point in times of need.

Rosemary and Joe Doyle, from the north of Glasgow, still feel the silence in their home since their daughter Annette, 34, died in the tragedy.

Joe, 65, said: "There's no real difference" 10 years on.

He added: "The loss is the same. It's never changed."

Rosemary said: "Her death was avoidable. It should never have happened. That's the saddest thing."

Ann Trench, 34, of north Glasgow, was another of the blast victims.

Her sister Pauline McKenzie said: "People's health and safety is so important. People shouldn't go to their work and not come back."

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