David R Ross Commemoration 2019


The 2nd of January is always tinged with sadness as we remember our friend David R Ross's passing some nine years ago now. A kinder day than some in the past, chilly but dry. To everyone who attended, we thank you for your presence. Gary Stewart, our convenor, spoke for some time relating his friendship with the Big Warmer (as he was affectionately known to those of us who constantly wound him up), interspersed with comments and anecdotes from those other of his friends and acquaintances who had survived Ne'erday and braved the cold to be there - always a difficult time of year, due to family commitments and travel in potentially bad weather. We also remembered Duncan Fenton, Andy Hillhouse, Chris Chalmers, George Thom, Willie Douglas, John Donnelly, Janis MacKinnon and all those others who have now gone before. It was gratifying to see that the work on the repointing of the memorial and paving stones around the site had been completed, and that new slate chips had been laid around the memorial itself. The chair is in good shape, although George Kempik has said he will return in warmer weather to renew the coating, and a visit to the Wallace Well just down the road demonstrated that the recent work there has been completed to good effect, and the Society's thanks are due to those who renovated and tidied up this area. All in all, the monument and well are in good shape, and the decorations on the two wee trees flanking the monument demonstrate that the local residents are both keeping an eye on the location and entering into the spirit of the season! Our grateful thanks to them.

Gary addresses the frozen masses
A few more wee stories
Now and then, it did get quite emphatic!
Irene lays the wreath - sorry, I could have taken this from a better position I suspect...
Flowers on the plaque
The Wallace Well today
Many thanks to Lyall Duff for most of the photos


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