South Pole Hero Luke Robertson at Grassic Gibbon Centre

Luke Robertson during his expedition
Luke Robertson during his expedition

Luke Robertson, the only Scot and the youngest Brit ever to complete a solo expedition to the South Pole will return to the Mearns next month.

Returning to his local area from his home in Edinburgh, Luke will describe his amazing adventures at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott on Thursday, June 9 at 7.30pm.

A former pupil of Netherley Primary School and Mackie Academy, Luke decided to undertake his unaided journey to the southernmost part of the globe after having major surgery to remove a cyst from his brain and heart surgery earlier in his young life. After months of intense training and painstaking planning, he achieved his goal in January 2016.

Luke will share his experiences with Andy Hall, his former Head Teacher at Netherley, in an illustrated conversation. In anticipation of the event, Luke says -

“I can’t wait to head back home to the beautiful Mearns countryside and to the excellent Grassic Gibbon Centre which celebrates the life and work of the author of Scotland’s favourite book, Sunset Song.

“Andy Hall and I will have the chance to chat about my recent solo and unsupported expedition to the South Pole. We’ll discuss the motivation, the training, the equipment and all the logistics required to spend 40 days alone on a 730 mile journey to the bottom of the world.

“Hopefully, sharing my experience of overcoming significant health issues and becoming the first Scot to do so, will inspire others to reach out of their tent and achieve something they have always wanted to do.

“Andy, or should I say ‘Mr Hall’, was actually my primary school teacher and so will be able to share his memories of our time spent at Netherley Primary School too. I remember being the perfect pupil, but we’ll hear if he has the same recollection!

Andy has donated a beautiful photographic print of the Dundee skyline, signed by actor Brian Cox, with all profits going to Marie Curie. The Antarctic connection is with South Pole explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott whose ship, The Discovery, is docked in Dundee.

Luke added: “I’m very grateful for this kind gesture towards helping my fundraising efforts as an Ambassador for Marie Curie.”

Tickets for the event priced at £10 are available from the Grassic Gibbon Centre on 01561 361668