Memories are made of this

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A plaque scheme celebrating local people’s memories is to be launched in Dalkeith.

The ‘I Woz Here’ project is the brainchild of Midlothian Council’s artist-in-residence Susan T Grant.

Inspired by the ‘blue badge scheme’ which acknowledges famous figures in history, she came up with the idea of designing a heritage trail project.

Locals were asked to think about and then nominate their favourite memories of the town centre. Susan selected 51, created plaques to commemorate the stories and then set about displaying them at various points along a trail map.

The memories she relishes the most are those that highlight the life-affirming ‘everyday-ness’ of life - Alison McCathie caught the bus; David Wardrop-White was disciplined for shouting at his teacher; Hans Clausen choked on a whole Cadbury’s cream egg; Ernie Ross loved the smell of baking bread; Marsa Tulloch queued for the best pies in the world.

Excited about the launch of the project on February 15, Susan said: “Tucked away up closes and around corners, quietly waiting to be chanced upon and permanently celebrating a sense of ‘Dalkeith belonging’ in all its quirky diversity, these memories have been collated to reflect the people’s lives.”

Read full story in the February 7 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.