A former Dundee painter struck down with an asbestos illness said it’s like living with a “gun to your head”.
Granddad Willie Stewart, 65, is yet another victim struck down with the “frightening” condition after working for a city decorating firm in the 60s.
Earlier this week the Evening Telegraph revealed fellow city painter Billy Tully was taking his former employer to court after developing asbestosis.
And Willie has a similar illness which he says could develop into cancer “at any time”.
“It’s a time bomb,” he said. “If it gets to that stage the doctors said I might just have five or six months to live. The worry is over not knowing. It’s like there’s a gun held to your head and you don’t know when the trigger is going to get pulled.”
Willie thinks his condition traces back to a job he did in 1965.
He said: “We were working across at Leuchars air base and we had to scrape asbestos.
“We were covered in it, we had the dust around our mouths like asbestos beards or moustaches.”
Willie started his apprenticeship the same day as Ballumbie grandad Billy, who is suffering with incurable asbestosis.
And the pair are appealing to all workmen in the 60s and 70s to get checked.
“There’s a lot more out there,” said Willie. “So many young lads were working with it then.”
The granddad of Caitlin, 14, and Kimberley, 11, has thickened and scarred lungs from the asbestos.
Willie had lived in Lochee all his life until he moved with wife Sheila, 65, last year to Midlothian.
Billy has a £20,000 compensation claim with his former employers.