Brian steps in as Probus speaker


President Mike Visocchi welcomed another good turnout of members to Kirriemuir Probus Club’s latest meeting.

With the scheduled speaker calling off through illness, member Brian Dingwall stepped into the breach with a talk on his project in retirement, a photographic record and detail of all First World War and Second World War servicemen’s memorials in Scotland.

Brian, after a career in social work, qualified and worked as a minister, and while working in an Upper Donside parish he came across the work of a former minister – four albums of photographs and records of men from the parish who had died serving their country.

Brian’s grandfathers had both fought in the First World War, his father in the Second World War and had been one the first into Belsen.

He has made several trips to France with war veterans, when memories were recalled and recorded. He told the members that in France, Holland and Belgium primary and senior schoolchildren help tend war graves, alongside the official gardeners.

He hoped that, when completed, the results of his project would go to the War Graves Commission and local archives and if funding was available, hard copy books could go to schools. Brian outlined the work he had to do in various parts of Scotland and locally and was grateful for information received from members about local servicemen whose graves he had photographed.

Thanking Brian for standing in at short notice, Mike wished him well with his project, and stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by many who served their country in times of conflict.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 5 when Gavin Dobson will talk on ‘Finance’.