Plaque saved in the nick of time

Anne Lamb and Bill Emslie with the plaque
Anne Lamb and Bill Emslie with the plaque

An important piece of Banchory’s heritage has been saved after nearly ending up in the bin.

The Saltire Society plaque for good design was awarded to the town in 1968 and had been fixed to the wall of a property off Raemoir Road.

But the award faded over the years and had been destined to be thrown out until eagle-eyed local heritage society member Bill Emslie stepped in.

Bill had recently been on holiday and when he returned noticed the plaque had disappeared from the house, which was undergoing work.

He explained: “I made some inquiries and managed to get the plaque back.

“It could very easily have ended up in the skip and been lost forever. The plaque is such an important part of local heritage.”

Bill has now handed it to Banchory Heritage Society for safe keeping.

The society’s secretary, Anne Lamb, said: “It just shows how easy it is for things that have a historical value to disappear without people knowing.

“What we need to do is get the plaque refurbished because it is in an awful condition.

“I have contacted the Saltire Society, who awarded it in the first place, and asked if there is a process to get these refurbished.”

The society intends to discuss with Aberdeenshire Council the option of replacing the plaque on a council property, or the heritage group could retain it.