Heritage events kick off this week

Dave Ramsay pictured with some of auction items for the memorial dinner on Saturday, November 21''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Dave Ramsay pictured with some of auction items for the memorial dinner on Saturday, November 21''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

A major programme of maritime heritage events is planned for Gourdon and Inverbervie, culminating in the unveiling of an Historic Scotland plaque dedicated to Inverbervie born Hercules Linton, the designer of the famous Cutty Sark.

The programme of events kicks off Thursday November 19 in the Mission Hall in Gourdon with an illustrated talk about his diving experiences along our coast, by Rod McDonald, Author, Shipwreck Researcher and Motivational Speaker. On Saturday and Sunday (November 21 and 22) in Gourdon Village Hall, from 10am–4.30pm each day, there will be an exhibition by Mearns Creative Community Fund, a collective of local artists.

On Saturday morning (weather and tide permitting) the new Montrose lifeboat and the Stonehaven inshore lifeboat will be in Gourdon Harbour. Again with weather and tide permitting the Catterline and Gourdon skiffs will provide a rowing challenge for the Maggie Law Challenge Trophy, sponsored by Bruce and William Dorward.

On Saturday evening there will be a Linton – Mowatt memorial dinner in the Burgh Hall in Inverbervie, where Jessica Lewis, Curator of Cutty Sark, Greenwich will be the keynote speaker.

The four items have been donated for auction at the Linton - Mowatt memorial dinner, by Martin Woodgett, the great – grandson of Captain Richard Woodget, the longest serving Master of the Cutty Sark. The items were created by Franklin Mint, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Cutty Sark in 1994.

Dave Ramsay, Project Director said, “There is now an upsurge of interest in these maritime items without any major publicity as yet, and the linkage between the Woodgett family, the 125th anniversary items, and the unveiling of an Historic Scotland plaque to Hercules Linton on Sunday 22nd November brings a whole series of great connections together.”

“The date of the 22nd November for the unveiling of the plaque was chosen, as that was the date when the Cutty Sark slipped from her berth in Dumbarton to become one of the most famous ships of all time, and the connection between Hercules Linton the Inverbervie – born designer, and all these other connections, will bring a real sense of civic pride to Inverbervie, and the rich maritime heritage of Kincardineshire.”

The programme of events concludes on Wednesday November 25 in the Harbour Bar, Gourdon, with an evening of Poems Pints and Pies. Tickets for the dinner are available at £15 from Dave Ramsay, (01569)750730.