Broch author Stan Williams is delighted to have found another outlet locally for his ever popular book “Penny Lane Is In My Ears and In My Eyes”.
The book remains on sale in many local shops in Fraserburgh. However having traced his family history to Old Deer, the new outlet at Mintlaw has great significance to Stan personally.
He told the Herald: “Throughout my life I have always felt such a strong pull to the North East of Scotland. I left Liverpool in 1964 to take up my first teaching position in Elgin before eventually coming to Fraserburgh Academy in 1975 where I remained until my retirement.
“I have always felt at home here in the North East and have now discovered my genetic link to the area that perhaps explains this.
“It was only when the book was completed and my family were researching our history that we unearthed the fact that my great great grandfather, John Whyte, born in 1828, was actually from this area.
“He was born on a croft on the Haddo Estate, Tarves. John married a local lassie, Margaret Thomson at Slains in 1849, and they settled into married life at Old Deer, with John taking up employment as a shoemaker.
“John was a deeply religious man and became actively involved in the temperance movement. His evangelical and temperance work in the slums of Aberdeen and across the North East of Scotland led to recognition by church leaders in Liverpool and the family moved from Old Deer to Liverpool at the end of 1857 to launch a Christian campaign for temerance and education in the slums of Liverpool.
“He founded and was Superintendant of the Band of Hope, Christian Union and Juvenille Temperance Mission in Liverpool. His remarkable obituary in the Liverpool Mercury of November 1874 pays tribute to his self-sacrifice on behalf of the poor of Liverpool.
“Having discovered this family tie to the area I am really grateful to the Happy Plant Garden Centre and Coffee Shop for agreeing to stock my book. I really hope reader will see the link between the book and the area and enjoy reading this publication.”
Receiving the book, Helen Kid, supervisor and buyer of the centre’s gift department commented: “We find that publications by local authors and books about the area always sell really well.”
Sheena Ritchie, manageress added: “We are always happy to support local talent.”