Local history talk for Probus club

AT the meeting of Ellon Probus Club on March 14, President Dave Couzin introduced club member Alan Cameron as substitute speaker for the day after Katy Bowman, in royal tradition, fallen victim of a gastroenteritis bug.

In his own unique style, Alan took members on a photographic and anecdotal journey through Ellon and its surrounding area. Alan’s material had been gleaned from his personal research, and from photographs donated to Ellon Historical Society to compile a visual history of the village over the years. The first compilation was published in December 2012, titled ‘Ellon - A Photographic Journey’.

It is commonly said ‘every picture tells a story’, but we all know that behind every picture there lies a story, often in itself unique and of considerable historical value. Photographs themselves are useful, but they are a thousand times more so when accompanied by their background stories. Alan exemplified this with the tale of the Garland family and the story of a ne’er-do well who was captured and helped by the family to go to Australia, where he changed his way of life to became a skilled silversmith - a photograph of the silver cup donated by him to the family does not tell the intricacies and intrigue behind this event. Likewise with village ‘worthies’ - who lose their ‘worthy’ justification if their unique traits and characteristics are not recorded in print.

Alan’s talk was much appreciated by members and a sincere vote of thanks was given by Duncan Milne.

The next meeting is on 28 March when Stewart Mitchell will talk on ‘Scotland under the Rising Sun’.