Have you ever wondered about the history of Laurencekirk? Arthur Bruce, a third generation cobbler in the village, shares his reminiscences and research on Laurencekirk in the book “Laurencekirk: Days gone by”.

Laurencekirk Parish Church celebrated the bicentenary of the present church building in 2004. When the Kirk Session was discussing possible ways of celebrating this event, a desire was expressed to look at the history of the community. Arthur Bruce has been an elder of the Kirk for many years and is known locally for his interest in the history of the area. A lot of the content of the book is Arthur’s own memories of Laurencekirk, also stories passed on by his father, as well as his own research. The book came from recorded conversations with Arthur and are presented in book form with old postcard scenes used to illustrate.

The book has been reprinted and is available in Laurencekirk shops, the Church and the Dickson Hall for £5.

The picture shows Arthur Bruce, on the right, with Rev Ronnie Gall and Alastair Donald of Astute, who produced a calendar of local scenes for the church.