Mearns Probus

Retired teacher, Cicil Eegineer and Rotarian, local man Allan Smith, addressed the latest meeting on the Commonwealth Games 2014, held in Glasgow.

As a civil engineer, Allan worked in Aberdeen, Glasgow and other venues in the UK, before moving to Africa to work on projects in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania, then on to the Falkland Islands, before entering the teaching profession, finishing last year at Webster High School in Kirriemuir.

A keen hill walker and photographer, he and his wife volunteered to assist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but because of an overwhelming response, they were not selected to assist the famous Clydesiders.

They did, however, attend many events at the games, commuting from nearby Milngavie each day.

Allan praised the transport arrangements in Glasgow which turned out to be a successful action in moving many thousands of people around the venues on a daily basis.

Allan showed pictures taken at various events from bowling, cycling, track events and so on at Glasgow Green, Ibrox, Celtic Park, Hampden, Kelvingrove and through the streets as well.

Ibrox, Celtic Park and Hampden had all undergone massive changes prior to the games, to allow alternative events to take place.

While moving around Glasgow, Allan had captured on his camera, many of the fine buildings in Glasgow, not normally seen on a visit there.

The City Chambers in George Square, Kelvingrove Gallery, the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Green, the old red standstone buildings which pre-dominated all over central Glasgow were all shown with references to their age, their architecture and their architects.

Also included was the ruined Clutha Bar the scene where the police helicopter crashed and a local connection at nearby Hillside, near Montrose where two railway bridges carry the makers plaques – the Clutha Engineering Works.

The latter pictures were taken when Allan recently completed a walk in that area with fellow members of the 50+ Group on their fortnightly walks.

This had been a well-researched, photographed presentation and Allan was given a vote of thanks on behalf of the Mearns Club by the Secretary Ian Bell.