Talk on the Glens will give everyone food for thought

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LOCAL people are invited to attend a very special illustrated talk at the Glenesk Folk Museum later this month,

‘From Gannochy to Invermark’ will be hosted by Agnes and Gilbert Lowden - two people who have spent decades studying the history of Glenesk.

Agnes said: “The Glen has a long history, from the bronze age hut circles, the foundations of which can be seen on the Rowan Hill, and the standing stones at Colmeallie, through to the new roads seen all over the hills.

“We have always been fascinated by the glen’s history. There have been people living and working in Glenesk for millenia and traces of their lives can be seen all over.”

As any one who has walked in the glen will see, there are ruined cottages throughout the beautiful landscape. The village of Dalforth is a fine example of how people lived.

Agnes said: “The ruined houses of the ordinary folk show the bleak, hard times they lived through. In some places you can still see the old run rig field systems which must have been so hard to work.”

With photographs taken by Gilbert Lowden, the talk will take people on an engrossing tour of the glen’s stories and introduce some of the community’s best remembered characters.

The talk will start at 3pm on Saturday, October 20. There is no charge and donations will be welcome towards the re-opening of the museum’s Green Shed.

Agnes added: “We’re not charging for tickets for the talk but we are collecting donations for our Green Shed project which began in August. Any amount given will help us with the costs of developing the stable block by the museum into an agricultural display to open next season.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Retreat and we hope the talk will give visitors a feeling of why Glenesk is so much loved.”