Song catches on at Gayfield

A locally written song about the Bell Rock Lighthouse is proving popular with Arbroath FC supporters.

The song, ‘The Bell Rock Light’, is a track on a charity double CD titled ‘Tales of the Sea’ being sold in aid of the Maggie Law Museum in a project organised by Dave Ramsay, curator at the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon.

The Bell Rock Light was written by Ian Lamb to commemorate the bicentenary of what is the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse and is performed by Slipway comprising well-known local singer Alan Mowatt with Tony Simpson on accordion and Ian on guitar.

“I was delighted when the three lads agreed to contribute their performance to the project, and even more delighted that the song is taking a trick with Arbroath supporters,” said Dave.

“It’s now going to be a regular feature in the pre-match entertainment at Gayfield and the CD is available at both the supporters’ shop and at Abbey Music in Kirk Square at a cost of only £10.”

Dave himself is well-known in local entertainment circles and features strongly on the album along with other local singers and musicians who featured in a concert and live recording in Gourdon earlier this year.

“I think the album demonstrates the high standard of local talent we’re lucky enough to have in this area of Scotland, and The Bell Rock Light is certainly a strong track on our CD,” added Dave.

“It struck me that Gayfield was an appropriate outlet for the recording as, of course, the lighthouse is clearly visible from many parts of the stand and terraces, and much of the pre-construction work of the lighthouse took place only a few hundred yards from Gayfield.

“Thanks also to John Christison, chairman of Arbroath Football Club, who has once again demonstrated that the club is truly committed to the community of Arbroath, by promoting the Bell Rock Light through the supporter’s shop .”