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Clean-up is fitting tribute to Ian

Ian's daughter Katie (6) and her friends aboard a bus sculpture (picture by Kirsten Geary)

Ian's daughter Katie (6) and her friends aboard a bus sculpture (picture by Kirsten Geary)

A year after his death from cancer, aged just 36, family and friends gathered for a community beach clean in memory of Ian McKie.

The spruce-up took place along the Cellardyke to Crail coastal path – a favourite walking area for Ian.

The former director of caddie development at Kingsbarns Golf Links felt passionately about keeping the coastal stretches clear of rubbish.

During his illness, he collected washed-up debris and developed ideas for a community beach clean project, where the refuse collected could be used to form awareness-raising art work.

As Ian’s plans were sadly still in progress when he died, his wife Yvonne felt it fitting to mark the anniversary of his passing by organising a beach clean event.

“Ian loved being part of the community in the East Neuk and his friends, family and neighbours were all keen to do something positive and practical to show how much he’s missed,” she said. “I think he’d be proud of what we achieved as a first step in putting his ideas into action and pleased to know he continues to inspire others.”

The group collected over 40 bags of rubbish and a haul of mangled creels which had littered the coastline for some time. Several striking sculptures, pictures and messages were created using the rubbish gathered.

 

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