History society hails book launch

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ELLON and District History society have celebrated the launch of their new book ‘Ellon: A Photographic Journey’, which celebrates the town’s photographic history.

The official launch took place on Saturday at Ythan Terrace’s Better Read Books. The publication, which took months to put together, chronicles the town’s history with photographs from the mid-19th century right up until the dawn of the new millennium. It includes images of weel-kent faces in the town, as well as old buildings, businesses and societies.

Spokesman for Ellon and District Historical Society, Alan Cameron, told the Times that the launch had a good turnout, and that the book was the result of a lot of hard work from the group.

“We sold around 40 copies just at the book launch, and we’re hoping that there will be further interest in the town,” he said. “Putting the book together was a very labour intensive process - we collected over a thousand photos, each of which had to be scanned, edited and catalogued. And, of course, we had to collect the stories to go with the photos themselves, which took a while as well!

“Some of the stories are fascinating, though - for example, everyone knows about Ellon’s Sir James Reid, who was Queen Victoria’s physician. However, on the front cover, the second child in from the left, Richard Ingrams, is his grandson, and went on to be co-founder of Private Eye magazine.

“All in all, we’re very pleased with the result.”

‘Ellon: A Photographic Journey’, is available in local bookshops, retailing at £14.99.