Artist’s dis­may at van­dals

Sab­o­tage: Graf­fiti scrawled on signs ex­press­ing sup­port for in­de­pen­dence

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

A Fraser­burgh artist has hit out at “dis­grace­ful” graf­fiti that has been scrawled out­side his stu­dio.

Alan Gow put a sign high­light­ing the ben­e­fits of in­de­pen­dence out­side the Drifter Art Stu­dio on Hanover Street more than a week ago.

But on Thurs­day, the 71-year-old dis­cov­ered van­dals had scrawled ob­scene lan­guage on it.

Now Mr Gow claims he is fear­ful about ex­press­ing

“Peo­ple have put up­Saltire­sand they have been de­faced”

any fur­ther opinion.

He said: “The sign had been up for a week-and-ahalf and there had been no prob­lems.

“But then on Thurs­day I saw it had been de­faced.

“I felt sick when I saw the graf­fiti – for some­one in Fraser­burgh to do such a thing is dis­heart­en­ing.

“The signs weren’t hurt­ing any­one – they just showed some in­for­ma­tion – it was free­dom of speech.”

Mr Gow claims that oth­ers in the area have had po­lit­i­cal sim­i­lar prob­lems and that he be­lieves it is one group of peo­ple com­mit­ting the acts.

He has re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

Mr Gow had thought about putting a Saltire on his car, but has now de­cided not to in case it is van­dalised.

He added: “I had also thought about putting up a plaque or a ban­ner out­side the stu­dio – but there’s no point if it is just go­ing to be van­dalised.

“It is an is­sue across the Broch. Some peo­ple have put up Saltires and they have been de­faced, some even have had Nazi sym­bols scrawled on them, which is sim­ply dis­grace­ful.”

Mr Gow, who has worked as artist spe­cial­is­ing in marine scenery since 1981, had been hop­ing to use Drifter Art Stu­dio as a base for the SNP move­ment in Fraser­burgh.

But now due to the van­dal­ism on Hanover

Street and beyond he is un­sure if he will pro­ceed with that plan.

He said: “There had been trou­ble find­ing a base for the SNP cam­paign­ers to meet, so I’ve been tidying up the place.

“It can be ex­pen­sive and some peo­ple won’t let you use the space if it is for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, but we’ll see if this can ac­tu­ally work now.

“I’ve lived in Fraser­burgh all my life and re­ally am not try­ing to cause trou­ble with this, and I’ve not had any bother be­fore.

“It is a huge shame that peo­ple would go about do­ing things like this.”

DIS­HEART­ENED: Alan Gow is fear­ful about ex­press­ing po­lit­i­cal opin­ions af­ter signs out­side his stu­dio were tar­geted by van­dals

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