Garioch Heritage Society Report

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The monthly Garioch Heritage Society meeting was held in the Acorn Centre on Wednesday, October 5. Chairman Geoffrey Gill welcomed the company and screened photographs of the progress of the works on the GHS Museum building. The work is well advanced and planning permission is being sought to fit solar panels on the roof.

The Visit Scotland shop on the High Street will close on October 29, but will re-open again on November 5 staffed by GHS volunteers who will be available to answer any queries on the social history of the area, genealogy and give advice on the geography of the Garioch until Visit Scotland resumes next April.

Leslie Smith’s wartime aviation book and Roger Summer’s book on his childhood in Kintore have been added to the selection of books for sale.

Geoffrey introduced the speaker, noted radio presenter, Mark Stephen, whose early morning shows were a feature of Beechgrove broadcasts. Mark gave a short account of his early life and spoke about his many experiences while broadcasting. His grandfather was the coxswain of the Fraserburgh lifeboat which was wrecked while returning from a rescue mission, with the loss of most of her crew.

Mark was thanked by treasurer, Roy Sands, who remarked that we had been given a “world tour” with wonderful photography.