South Pole Hero In Conversation

20160609- Luke Robertson Talk 
Andy Hall pictured with Luke Robertson at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott. 

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20160609- Luke Robertson Talk Andy Hall pictured with Luke Robertson at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott. � Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES No use without payment.

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A special reunion took place at the Grassic Gibbon Centre as a Mearns man that walked the South Pole spoke about his journey.

South Pole hero Luke Robertson met his former head teacher Andy Hall to take part in a conversation in aid of Marie Curie, for whom Luke is an Ambassador.

It has been twenty years since Luke was enrolled at Netherley Primary School by his former head teacher.

A full hall at the centre found itself engrossed in Luke’s incredible story of courage and endurance on how the 30-year-old became the first Scot - and the youngest Briton - to complete a solo, unassisted and unsupported trek to the South Pole in January 2016.

This was even more remarkable in the light of Luke having had two major health scares in the form of heart and brain surgery in recent history.

He described the rigour of his preparations, the sacrifices that he made, the physical limits that he pushed himself to and the support that he received from colleagues, friends and family.

He also had support from explorers Mark Beaumont and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who agreed to be a patron of Luke’s journey.

And Luke was awarded a Netherley Primary School Certificate of Achievement at the end of the evening from Andy Hall.

The event took place on Thursday, June 9, and there will be another opportunity to hear Luke’s story at Woodend Barn, Banchory, on Thursday June 23