A lifelong ambition is realised by local man, Ron

Ron Scrimgeour and Dick McTaggart
Ron Scrimgeour and Dick McTaggart

The Dundee weavers celebrated their 500th Anniversary with a dinner in the City Chambers on March 23.

Leading the celebrations was Forfar resident Ron Scrimgeour, currently Deacon of the Weaver Craft in Dundee.

In describing the 500th anniversary plans, Ron said: “Part of our aim was to celebrate the City of Dundee and those who had brought pride and joy to the City.”

Two special guests were invited as part of that intention. One was Mr Alastair Urquhart, the Aberdeen born author of the Forgotten Highlander and the other was Dick McTaggart, Olympic Gold Medal Boxing Champion.

Mr Urquhart now lives in Dundee and his modest and humble account of life as a prisoner of war in the Far East has brought a lot of pride and prestige to the city of Dundee.

Ron continued: “As a young schoolboy in Dundee in 1956, I was just about bursting with pride that a Dundee lad had won the gold medal at the Melbourne games.

“Dick McTaggart was such a stylish boxer and amateur boxing was a gentlemanly sport in those days.

“Meeting Dick McTaggart was a lifelong ambition and to hold his gold medal was the icing on the cake.”