Town’s Titanic links celebrated

PRESENTATION: Leslie historian, Campbell Morris says it's fitting that there is a Titanic exhibition in the village
PRESENTATION: Leslie historian, Campbell Morris says it's fitting that there is a Titanic exhibition in the village
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AS the centenary of the fateful Titanic disaster is upon us (April 15) it’s fitting that a small display is planned in Leslie itself, a town closely connected to the tragedy reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

A collection of documents to complement the larger Titanic exhibition currently open in the Kingdom Shopping Centre has gone on display in Leslie Library, close to the home of the Countess of Rothes, a survivor of the sinking in 1912.

Amongst the artifacts is a complete copy of the Daily Mirror newspaper dated April 16, 1912 which carried one of the first reports of the disaster.

The display has been produced by respected Leslie historian, Campbell Morris.

He explained to the Gazette the idea behind the presentation: “With Leslie having such a strong connection to the Titanic story with regards to the heroism shown by the Countess of Rothes, I thought it would be fitting to have something within village that she came from.

“Also, that it would complement the excellent work put into the major exhibition at the Kingdom Shopping Centre by the Glenrothes Heritage people and Fife Council’s own archive in Markinch.”

Councillor Fiona Grant thinks the display is a worthy one for Leslie and added: “The Countess of Rothes is perhaps the most famous Titanic survivor and because she lived at Leslie House, locally there’s a feeling of connection with her and the tragedy.

“I’m pleased to hear that the 100th anniversary will be marked with a small display in Leslie Library and I -look forward to seeing it soon”

The community council’s Brian Coyle also endorsed the idea saying: “It’s important that the connection with Leslie is marked in this way.”