Rotary Club

AT THURSDAY’S meeting of Arbroath Rotary Club in the Meadowbank, president Mike Sowden was in the chair. He welcomed Iain Young, and Peter and Julie Wrightson as guests of Bruce Currie.

The speaker was Assistant Governor John Caldwell whose subject was ‘The Unsung and Forgotten Heroes of Scotland’.

Apart from Patrick Bell, Carmyllie, who invented the reaper, and James Chalmers, who invented the postage stamp, there was Thomas Blake Glover, of Fraserburgh, who was the Scottish ‘Japanese Samurai’.

Born in 1838, he became a trading officer and travelled extensively. In 1859 he crossed from Shanghai to Nagasaki, worked for Jardine Mathieson, then founded his own company. He supported the toppling of the Shogun regime and restoration of the Emperor.

Jim Ramsay proposed a vote of thanks. Ian Lamb commented on the successful visit to Roslin Chapel, and the president and council awarded Bill Watt and Robin Fairweather the Paul Harris Award, the highest distinction in Rotary, for their services to the club.