A NEW book has been published lifting the lid on a fascinating, and little-known, aspect of Ayrshire's industrial history.

Alex McLatchie's book, 'Powderkeg', tells the story of the strike by workers at the Nobel factory in Ardeer 110 years ago.

It is Alex's latest contribution in his quest to publicise some of the lesser-known aspects of Stevenston's long and distinguished industrial history.

The historically significant relationship between the town and Nobel's Explosives Company is well documented, but Alex's book concentrates on a largely unknown episode which occurred between one of the world's most influential industrial conglomerates and a small, regional and newly formed trade union.

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

The strike, in May and June of 1913, was the first experienced at Nobel's Ardeer site.

 The study incorporates some political and economic background to the dispute, and provides a fascinating insight into the some of the local characters involved in the conflict. 

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

The book is on sale at £10 per copy and is available in local libraries and retail outlets, including Stevenston Post Office.

All profits go to the Ayrshire Hospice.