Memorial garden officially opened

Rev Arthur Christie opens the Thomas Chalmers Memorial Garden in Anstruther (photo by WALTER NEILSON, ssfm3313268)

Rev Arthur Christie opens the Thomas Chalmers Memorial Garden in Anstruther (photo by WALTER NEILSON, ssfm3313268)

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Dedication of the Thomas Chalmers memorial garden in Anstruther had taken a poig- nant turn by the time of Friday’s opening ceremony, with the passing three days earlier of Alex Darwood.

Mr Darwood, who was 92, was a leading local historian and an expert on the life of Chalmers, who was born in Anstruther and helped revolutionise the Church of Scotland in the mid-19th century.

It had long been Mr Darwood’s wish for Chalmers to be commemorated in his home town and he was closely consulted by the Anstruther Town Centre Working Group, which led the project with help from Fife Council members and officials, plus various funding groups.

Chalmers famously led a march to Edinburgh in 1843 which led to the formation of the Free Church of Scotland.

The garden is on the corner of Haddfoot Wynd and East Green, behind the Scottish Fisheries Museum and below the site of the former Chalmers Church.

It was formally opened in a public ceremony by the Rev Arthur Christie, minister of the Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Churches. Mr Darwood’s funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday) and he is survived by his wife Margaret.