A Methil return after five decades

Ken, Bill, Dan, Chris and Charles
Ken, Bill, Dan, Chris and Charles

An Australian family with their roots firmly based in Methil has returned to the area to mark the 50 year anniversary of their emigration.

Daniel Wright, accompanied by brothers Ken, Bill, Chris and Charles, their wives and children, made the 10,000-mile journey from Adelaide in southern Australia back to Methil, from where the family had set off in 1963.

Packing up in search of a new life in Oz, Ena and Will Wright, who had worked on a tug boat at the time, left their home at 527 High Street, Methil and travelled with their family of four boys – Ken (9), Bill (7), Daniel (6), and Chris (4) – to Kirkcaldy, where they took a train to Southampton and boarded the P&O Oriana, bound for Australia.

The family set up in Melborne for 12 months, where daughter Alison was born, before finally settling in Adelaide where Will worked at Southwark Brewery as a boiler man for over 25 years.

The family was made complete in 1967 after son Charles arrived.

Now, 50 years after the family left their home in Methil, the Wright boys returned to Scotland for three weeks, with the highlight being a wedding and celebration with more than 60 family and friends at a party held at the Mayview Hotel, St Monans.

The guests were piped in by the Methil & District Pipe Band and the party continued back at Kilconquhar Castle Estate, where the Wright brothers and their families were staying while here.

“We all really enjoyed our trip back to Fife and would like to thank our Scottish relatives and friends for always making us feel welcome,” said Daniel.

Sadly, Ena died in 1997, followed by Will in 2007, but Daniel is sure they would have loved to have been there. “Mum and Dad would have been very pleased with us for returning to Scotland on this occasion,” he said. “It would have been great if they had been alive to be there as well.”