The Glen Cinema Disaster: 71 Children Dead on Hogmanay 1929, Scotland’s Forgotten Tragedy — HistorianRuby: An Historian’s Miscellany

On 31 December 1929, Hogmanay, seventy-one children died and more than fifty were injured when young cinema-goers panicked after thick smoke billowed around the darkened auditorium during a children’s matinee performance of The Dude Desperado at the Glen Cinema, Paisley, Scotland. Calls of ‘fire’ prompted terrified children to flee towards the exits. Survivor Sadie Elias […]

via The Glen Cinema Disaster: 71 Children Dead on Hogmanay 1929, Scotland’s Forgotten Tragedy — HistorianRuby: An Historian’s Miscellany

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6 thoughts on “The Glen Cinema Disaster: 71 Children Dead on Hogmanay 1929, Scotland’s Forgotten Tragedy — HistorianRuby: An Historian’s Miscellany

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      It is, and it’s another example of tragedy throughout history. When people clamor about the tragedies of today being a phenomenon, these events are counter to that argument.

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