Memorial fund plea for Tay Bridge Disaster

Stuart Morris
Stuart Morris

THE Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust is appealing for donations to aid its plans.

The trust hopes to build a memorial to those who lost their lives when a train plunged into the Tay during a violent storm which caused the bridge to collapse on December 28, 1879.

Many Fifers died that night, including the train’s Leslie-born driver David Mitchell and Stuart Morris of Balgonie’s great-great-grandmother.

Local poet Ian Nimmo White has written the poem which will go on the planned memorial. He is also planning to tour Fife, giving a talk on the disaster to raise funds.

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