THE FIRST event of the spring programme of talks by the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum took place in the up-stairs gallery of the museum on Tuesday, March 12, with the subject the life and work of the celebrated ‘pioneer of radar’ Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt.
Born in Brechin at 5 Union Street in 1892, Sir Robert led a distinguished and active life and was knighted for his contribution to his country in 1942.
The talk covered his early family life in Brechin, his education and career and his personal life before, during and after the Second World War.
After the talk, the opportunity was taken to provide a progress report on the exciting plans by the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin to erect a statue of Sir Robert in St Ninian’s Square.
The audience heard that the Watson-Watt committee signed off the sculptor’s finished clay model in late February which is a life like, 120 per cent scale of Sir Robert and will stand on top of a plinth of dressed ashlar stone - the type of stone common to many of the buildings in the area.
Despite the encouraging progress the project still requires further funding to meet the costs for the ground and stonework.
A generous donation of £25 was made before the talk to the society secretary, Brian Mitchell.
If anyone would like to make donation towards the project they should contact Brian on 01356 624356 or Mike Holland, treasurer, on 01356 624053.
News on the society’s work and statue can be found at the updated website www.watsonwatt.wordpress.com.
For photographs of the finished clay model, which contain some of the stunning detail that the sculptor has captured in his work, visit our website at www.brechinadvertiser.com.
The talk was also able to make full use of the new chairs that had been provided by the Friends for use at the museum for all future events.
Chairs had to be borrowed from other local museums, which was an unsatisfactory arrangement, and the provision of new folding chairs has eased that burden considerably.
The hard work of treasurer Anne Mitchell in arranging the purchase of the chairs was noted.
Thanks were given to the museum staff for their assistance with the presentation and the refreshments and also to everyone who attended the event.
Even the nearby road works did not distract from a full house hearing about one of Brechin’s most eminent citizens.
The next talk by the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum will take place on Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m., when Joe Wishart will talk about the Logie Mud House.
All talks are free of charge and refreshments are provided during the interval.