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Bathgate Once More

Bathgate Once More
Bathgate Once More: The Story of the BMC/Leyland Truck and Tractor plant, 1961-86

For 25 years Bathgate was at the centre of Britain’s giant motor vehicle industry.  At its peak more than 7000 people worked in the plant employed in a variety of jobs and Bathgate-built trucks and tractors were exported all over the world.  The factory closure in 1986 was a devastating blow for workers, their family and the wider community and is immortalised in the lyrics of the Proclaimers’ song Letter from America.

In 2011 WEA worked with former workers and a range of partner organisations to research, record and preserve the story of the plant and the people who worked there.  Based on first-hand accounts of many of the people who worked in the factory, as well as photographs and documents, the project produced a book, a touring exhibition, an archive of oral history recordings and an online exhibition.

Download a copy of the Bathgate Once More book by clicking the link at the side of this page.

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