Provosts’ portraits hanging in Newport

Provosts portraits
Provosts portraits

A PROJECT to have portraits of the former Provosts of Newport on Tay on display has come to fruition with 28 photographs now hanging in the main entrance to the Blyth Hall.

Taken from the originals in St Andrews Museum and covering the period 1887 to 1975, the pictures were photographed by Bill Legg and framed by Henry Brooks, with Mairi Shiels providing accompanying notes on the burgh.

The idea was originally proposed as long ago as 1996 and was finally seen through by community councillor Louise O’Neill who said she was “delighted” with the outcome.

Louise was joined at the official unveiling by other members of the community council and relatives of some of the Provosts: Marguerite Fairweather, daughter of Frank Fairweather, who was Provost 1940-43; Christina Smith, wife of William Smith (1965-68); and Renee and Hamish Hepburn, daughter and grandson of Randolph Webster (1971-74).