The Club has accepted an offer from the Great North of Scotland Railway Association to take the newly framed original photograph of the 1902 Locos’ team on long-term loan. It will hang in the Boardroom.
The Association was founded in 1964 as an historical society promoting the study and collection of information, documents and illustrations relating to all aspects of railways in North-East Scotland. It facilitates research and education.
The 1902 team photograph was part of the Robert Ledingham collection. He had a chain of well-known bakeries in Aberdeen, although he lived in Ballater from where he commuted daily into the city by train before the Royal Deeside Line closed in 1966. It is believed that Mr. Ledingham “rescued” the photograph, along with many other papers and pictures, from the Inverurie Locomotive Works when it closed in 1970. The photograph was “lost” but was subsequently “found” by members of the Association while clearing out a cupboard in Ballater Station.
Chairman Mike Macaulay comments: “This is a wonderful piece of our history and it is especially appropriate as we have recently celebrated the Football Club’s 120th anniversary. I would like to thank Association Chairman Ross Kerby and his Committee for allowing us to be long-term custodians of the photograph which will be displayed for everyone to appreciate”.
The official unveiling of the photograph by Great North of Scotland Railway Association Chairman Ross Kerby will take place at 2.30 pm on Saturday 1st April in the Boardroom prior to the league match against Brora Rangers. This is rescheduled from last September when the event was cancelled due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.