The Bervie source to sea

Inverbervie & District Probus Club met in The Crown Hotel on Tuesday October 30. Members were addressed by Ian Bell from Laurencekirk on ‘The Journey of the Bervie Water from Source to Sea’.

Born at Nigg Police Station in 1933, Ian went to pains to reassure us that his mother was not a prisoner - his father was the policemen there at the time - at least that was his story! There followed a lengthy education for Ian through Fordoun Public School, Dunnottar and Laurencekirk Primary Schools, and Aberdeen Trades College. He then worked in transport training for the G.P.O., finally lecturing at Lauder Technical College (now the Carnegie Trust) in Dunfermline for 33 years. Widowed in 1999, and remarried in 2005, Ian still finds time in his retirement to walk for pleasure and to write for the Kincardineshire Observer - as he says, he’s not sure what he does, but it seems to take all day!

His photographs and his delivery were charming and so very interesting to members. He began from the source of Bervie Water (at Kerloch) and 150 slides later hadn’t quite made it to the sea! Members wait with bated breath for Volume II in March next year!

A sincere vote of thanks was proposed by Past President and Secretary, Geoff Goodyear, who also acted as projectionist.