AN ARBROATH landmark has become the first ‘Local Legacy’ for a nationwide photography competition to celebrate Britain’s natural treasures.
A picture of the De’il’s Heid at Arbroath Cliffs, taken by local man Ian Lamb, was chosen as the first of The Glenlivet Distillery’s ‘Natural Local Legacies’ in association with Country Life.
The occasion was marked with a special ceremony on Monday afternoon in the Old Brewhouse Hotel at Danger Point and Ian Logan, brand manager for The Glenlivet, presented Mr Lamb with a winner’s commemorative plaque.
Mr Logan explained that the ethos behind the Natural Local Legacies competition was to recognise Britain’s outstanding natural heritage.
He said: “Part of it is about trying to inspire a pride and passion in people for their local area and it gives them an opportunity to show off their area, and there’s no more proud a people than the Scots.
“De’il’s Heid is one of the most iconic things between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, that and Dunnottar Castle. It’s a place that people relate the area with.”
Altogether there will be four of the local legacies chosen, including the Deil’s Heid and one in Suffolk, plus two more which have yet to be announced.
Entries from all over Britain were judged by a panel which included Country Life editor Mark Hedges and the winning legacies and six runners-up will be re-photographed by one of Country Life’s staff photographers and exhibited in central London in the summer.
However a spokesperson for The Glenlivet was able to confirm that Ian Lamb’s original picture would appear in the exhibition.
She said: “The idea was to get a Country Life photographer to retake the pictures, but given that Ian’s picture was so good and rather tricky to get, in all honesty we couldn’t beat that.”
Understandably Ian was very pleased with his success. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted, I took up photography when I retired and really enjoy using my camera, but I never expected to win a national competition!
“I thought the idea was that we would put in our own amateur efforts and then the Country Life photographer would do it properly. I suppose you can’t just drum up these conditions at the drop of a hat. I’m absolutely delighted mine will appear in the exhibition.”
Ian explained the thinking behind his competition entry. He said: “It was natural features I was looking for in the area to fit in with the competition.
“If you think of Arbroath then you think of cliffs and in the context of cliffs it’s either the Needle’s E’e or De’il’s Heid and the De’il’s Heid won.
“It came about partly because I was on a trip to the Bell Rock with Alex Smith on the Girl Katherine and as we came back by the Deil’s Heid it was looking pretty spectacular.
“I was leaning over the stern of the boat and at that point I was getting the De’il’s Heid on the left of the picture and you could see it was separate from the cliffs and in the middle were these exceptional waves and then on the right these incredibly rough seas.”