Chance to view rare Bon Scott artefacts

The Preliminary study for the Bon Scott statue, created by John McKenna, which has gone on display in the Gateway to the Glens Museum.

The Preliminary study for the Bon Scott statue, created by John McKenna, which has gone on display in the Gateway to the Glens Museum.

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Kirriemuir’s Gateway to The Glens Museum has stepped up to support the 10th anniversary of a festival celebrating one of the town’s most famous sons.

This year will be the 10th annual Bon Fest in memory of AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott and the museum features a permanent exhibition dedicated to the band’s late front man.

But the display, most of which has been provided by AC/DC fan Neil McDonald, has been augmented with some rare and never-seen-before exhibits to mark the milestone anniversary and the unveiling of a statue to the singer after a £50,000 fund-raising campaign.

Among the items added is his prized Gibson SG electric guitar, once owned by the band’s Angus Young and signed by all of the group, as well as some rare childhood photographs. Bon’s family owned a tearoom and bakery in Kirriemuir before they emigrated to Australia.

Rachel Jackson, museum officer, said items have also been donated by fans, who travel to the town from around the world with fan club material coming from Australia and across Europe.

She said: “We get a lot of fans from Austria and Germany, but one of the T-shirts on display was given by a fan from Spain who was wearing it when he visited. He just took it off and gave it to us.

“We have more childhood photographs dealing with his early life in Kirriemuir and about his early music before the AC/DC years. We had a donation of photos from Bon’s mother before she died but we haven’t been able to display them all.”

Upstairs there is also a gold bust of Bon Scott on display by Ayrshire sculptor John McKenna, who has created the bronze statue which will be unveiled at Bellies Brae on the afternoon of Saturday, April 30.

The exhibition will run at the museum, on the town’s square, until Saturday, May 7.