|Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust Chair Professor David Swinfen addresses the reception at Discovery Point|
|Large attendance at the memorial unveiling at Riverside|
|Floral tributes at the memorials|
As the Minutes Secretary of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust, I was pleased to see the recent Courier article about the Trust’s search in bid to pay tribute to all Tay Bridge Disaster victims.
|Some of the stands|
|Angela Mehlert, Chair of Friends of Magdalen Green and myself|
|Burning Trays demonstration|
|Young firefighter in action!|
|Murray Nicoll on the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust stand|
* I am pleased to note that some of the dropped kerbing around the Corso Street area that I requested last year on behalf of residents is now being installed – see example at the junction of Corso Street and Peddie Street (above).
* Last night, I attended the Harris Academy Parent Council meeting and, following this, have been in touch with the Head of Secondary Education regarding issues raised.
* I was pleased to be advised by the City Engineer recently that the weeds spraying programme at road edges etc commenced last week. This year, the programme will start in the west of the city and progress eastwards and am pleased to be assured that extra resources will be put into herbicide application of street trees in streets like Blackness Road and Blackness Avenue.
* Tonight, I briefly attended the start of the latest WestFest committee meeting and thereafter was minute-taker at the Tay Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust meeting (meeting in the adjacent room at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road!)
Yesterday morning, I had a very useful meeting with the City Council’s Head of Transportation about parking issues.
Last night, I took the minutes at the latest committee meeting of Friends of Magdalen Green, at which we had a very productive discussion on local matters, including consultation with local residents on new BBQ tables on the green and on our forthcoming Annual General Meeting.
This afternoon, I met with another committee member of the group on the Green to look at damage to the grass west of the old bowling green area – see above. I have reported this matter to the Leisure & Communities Department.
I then attended the launch of the merger of Tayside Deaf Association with Deaf Action at Discovery Point. It was a very enjoyable, informative and well-attended event at which there were various speakers including service users and a super performance by the Claypotts Castle Primary School Signing Choir.
Tonight, I took the minutes at the latest committee meeting of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust – a very productive meeting at which we concentrated on fundraising progress.
Further to my earlier item about the forthcoming Gael’s Fire fundraising event for the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust, here is a new video (with thanks to Rose!)
Yesterday, I attended the first meeting of the project board that will oversee the Harris Academy rebuilding project. The board includes Parent Council representatives, a trades union representative, a Harris Academy FP Association representative and the Head Teacher, as well as councillors and officers.
It was a constructive and productive first meeting to oversee a project that will be some years in its delivery. I asked questions about the role of Historic Scotland, transportation for pupils during the decant period, capital funding and other matters.
Above : I introduce the speakers
Above : Stuart Morris of Balgonie addresses the audience
Above : The cast of Five Pound and Twa Bairns
Above : Some of the descendents of the victims of the disaster, who attended the event :
Standing rear row, left to right : Nick Brand related to victim George Ness; Stuart Morris of Balgonie related to victims Elizabeth Mann and Elizabeth Brown (grandmother/granddaughter); Robert Thomson related to Robert, David and Robert Watson (father and his 2 sons); Brian Thomson, son of Robert Thomson above.
Front row seated : Sheila Ferguson related to victim Euphemia Rodger; Stella Phillips related to victims Archibald and Jessie Bain (brother and sister); Clare Nicoll related to victims Euphemia Rodger and Elizabeth Mann.
This morning at the McManus Galleries, I attended the launch of the Public Appeal for the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust and had the pleasure of introducing the speakers – Lord Provost John Letford, Depute Provost Lizz Mogg of Fife, Provost Ruth Leslie Melville of Angus and Stuart Morris of Balgonie, Chair of the Trust.
The launch was exceptionally well attended and after the speeches, there was an excellent showcase of Mike Gibb’s Five Pound and Twa Bairns – the musical is being brought back in 2011 in aid of the Memorial Appeal.
Here’s a couple of photos from the event – and there are a couple of videos in the article below :
Lord Provost John Letford welcomes guests – above
The Civic Guests, Stuart Morris and cast members – above
From today’s launch of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Public Appeal :
Stuart Morris of Balgonie welcomes guests – above
Last night, I was ‘minute taker’ at the latest meeting of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust.
It was an excellent and productive meeting at which we finalised arrangements for the Launch of the Public Appeal on the 131st anniversary of the disaster – 28th December. It will take place at McManus Galleries.
We are delighted that the event will be hosted by the Lord Provost of Dundee, John Letford, and Provost Ruth Leslie Melville of Angus and Depute Provost Lizz Mogg of Fife will be in attendance, along with other dignatories.
In advance of the public launch of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust appeal, taking place on 28th December at McManus Galleries, here’s a couple of updates :
* A new website for the group is now available at www.thetaymemorial.com – with grateful thanks to Rose Marie for all her work putting the new site together.
* A superb fundraising event – Gael’s Fire – an evening in the 14th Century – is taking place. See poster below.