A series of events are taking place this week in Gourdon to commemorate a World War I incident which took place 100 years ago this Sunday (September 25).
The Mearns Leader reported last week that On September 25 1916, the Gourdon fishing boat the Bella, was blown up by a German U-boat, and it’s crew taken to Germany as prisoners of war. They returned safely to Gourdon at the end of the war.
Gourdon, Catterline and Kinneff schools are closely involved with the Maggie Law Museum in the development of the Bella celebrations. Each school is participating in an art competition to depict the story of the Bella, with prizes sponsored by Catterline, Kinneff and Gourdon Community Councils, and final judging by Catterline artist Stuart Buchanan. The schools are also working on art, music, poetry and village heritage in the 1900’s as part of the Bella project. A collage of the Bella story has been loaned to the schools by Ian McIntosh of the Catterline Harbour Trust, (pictured) to assist the schools with stories and art work. The collage is the work of a Shetland artist.