Balgonie steps down from trust role

STUART Morris of Balgonie has stepped down from his position as chairman of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust to concentrate on work at Balgonie Castle, reports KEVIN QUINN.

Stuart was founder of the trust and a direct descendant of one of the victims. Moving into the chair is Professor David Swinfen, formerly Vice-Principal of Dundee University and author of a book on the disaster’s heritage.

Trust member Ian Nimmo White thanked Stuart for his three years at the helm. He said: “Under Stuart’s leadership we saw an initial burst of enthusiasm which resulted in a flurry of fund-raising initiatives and informative talks on the heritage of the disaster.

“With the public donation having risen to nearly half of our intended target, we hope to spend the coming months working with the officials and elected members of Fife and Dundee City Councils who are keen to support us in the task of pinpointing where the two memorials should be raised.”

To donate to the trust, make cheques out to “Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust” and send to Ian Rae, Treasurer of TRBDMT, 11 Wilmington Drive, Glenrothes, KY7 6US.