Asbestos Triangle; LETTERS
MALCOLM McLAREN died of mesothelioma, described by the Mail as 'a rare form of cancer'. Well, it isn't rare around here in the Hampshire 'asbestos triangle', an area bounded by Portsmouth Dockyard, Southampton Docks and Eastleigh Locomotive Works.
Asbestos was extensively handled anywhere where shipbuilding and ship repair took place, as well as where locomotive manufacturers and railway workshops were situated, such as in Ashford, Crewe, Doncaster and Darlington.
I belong to Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group, run by two sisters whose father died of mesothelioma after working at Eastleigh Locomotive Works. It offers free legal advice to sufferers and other forms of support.
Apart from those involved in marine engineering, there are builders and plumbers and, all too often, their widows who are members.
There's even a woman who has mesothelioma because when she was a girl she would give her dad a big hug when he got home from work in the dockyard. His clothes had asbestos on them which she breathed in. …