Why his­toric guns didn’t go on dis­play

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Dear Editor, Pat McCarthy Blair­gowrie

I read with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle in last week’s Blair­gowrie Ad­ver­tiser about the pos­si­ble re­turn of two his­toric guns to the town.

The two guns that are in stor­age at Fort Ge­orge are both the Blair guns.

The rea­son they didn’t go on dis­play is that in most towns they were put be­side the war me­mo­ri­als.

I be­lieve two of the Blair coun­cil­lors had lost sons dur­ing World War I so they said they were not go­ing be­side our memo­rial.

The Rat­tray one which was on dis­play at Rat­tray Com­mon was ad­ver­tised for sale but there doesn’t ap­pear to be a record of the sale.

Some peo­ple re­mem­ber a can­non be­ing down in the Davie Park when we were young.

I per­son­ally don’t re­mem­ber it but other peo­ple from Davie Park Place, Mac­don­ald Cres­cent and Ash­grove Ter­race do. Af­ter that no­body seems to know what hap­pened to it. Blairie reader and mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie, Liz Ma­son, took this picture of the pur­ple cro­cuses planted by the group with Blair in Bloom last year at the Wellmeadow.

The Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie pur­chased and planted a num­ber of pur­ple cro­cus corms in sup­port of the Ro­tary Foun­da­tion’s Pur­ple4Po­lio cam­paign.

The pur­ple cro­cus is a sym­bol of Ro­tary’s ef­forts to erad­i­cate po­lio through­out the world, rep­re­sent­ing the pur­ple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been im­mu­nised.

And since the Ro­tary pro­gramme started in 1985, there has been a 99.9% re­duc­tion in po­lio cases, al­though it re­mains en­demic in Afghanistan, Nige­ria and Pak­istan.

This year, as well as buy­ing more pur­ple cro­cus corms, mem­bers of Blair­gowrie Ro­tary Club have also pur­chased Pur­ple4Po­lio jam. Once empty the jars will be filled with loose change to put to­wards the Pur­ple4Po­lio cam­paign.

Pur­ple haze The cro­cuses that were planted by the Ro­tary Club of Blair­gowrie and Blair in Bloom last year are in full bloom

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