What a Week That Was



Well, there was no easing into the New Year for us at Visit Dunfermline. We’ve been full on getting organised for our reception to celebrate city status at Holyrood this Tuesday coming but unfortunately a final debate on hunting with dogs has put paid to that. As part of the terms and conditions parliamentary business takes precedence so there was no way we could guarantee that the event could go ahead so we had to make the very difficult decision to cancel. Or should I say, postpone, as we shall definitely rearrange for later in the year. 

One of the guests at our event was going to be Jeff Conyers from The Dollywood Foundation who is over here on business. He has made time out of his busy schedule to come and visit Dunfermline on Sunday afternoon so my colleague Frank and I will be showing him round the city. Dolly was a recent recipient of The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, hence the connection. 

On Tuesday we were guests of Kalopsia Collective in Gardeners’ Street as The Princess Royal came to officially open this very exciting new clothing factory. We certainly wish them every success and are keen to support them in any way we can.

On Wednesday it was down to Carnegie Birthplace Museum for the latest in the excellent Carnegie Lectures with former First Minister Henry McLeish being the guest speaker on this occasion. It was a highly entertaining and informative talk which was well received by the sell out audience. Well done to Frank for putting these events on. I’m certainly much more knowledgeable about all things Carnegie these days. 

Finally, I was in attendance at Fire Station Creative last night for the opening night of a new exhibition celebrating the extraordinary Paton family. A family of artists who resided in a cottage in Wooer’s Alley which ran from Buffies Brae all the way to The Palace. The most well-known of the family was Sir Joseph Noel Paton, a very influential artist, illustrator and sculptor. 

It was nice to meet some of the descendants of the Paton family in attendance too. If you find get time, do pop in and check out the exhibition. 

Until next time…   




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