Street parade to mark century since the death of Thomas Blake Glover

A Street parade to celebrate the life of Fraserbrugh born ‘Scottish Samurai’ Thomas Blake Glover will take place in in Aberdeen this weekend.

The parade, scheduled for this Saturday September 17, will take place in the Bridge of Don area.

The street parade from the Gordon Highland Barracks to Westfield Park in the Bridge of Don - is part of the Scottish Samurai celebrations to mark the centenary of the death of Thomas Blake Glover, known in Japan as the Scottish Samurai.

Glover, who was born in Fraserburgh, was responsible for establishing a strong economic and cultural link between North East Scotland and Japan.

He moved from Fraserburgh to the Bridge of Don which he left in 1859 to move to Japan where he set up a series of businesses in Nagasaki.

Among these was the small shipbuilding enterprise which later became Mitsubishi.

In recognition of his industrial achievements, Glover was honoured with the Order of the Rising Sun.

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe (MPSE) is supporting the Bridge of Don Community Partnership and Aberdeen City Council to enable the local community to celebrate Glover’s life, achievements and the links between Scotland and Japan.

The project will also acknowledge Scotland’s important role in the burgeoning global renewable energy industry.

MPSE and parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is at the forefront of developing the energy sources, including offshore wind power.

Engineers and planners from MPSE and other project supporters including SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), The Crown Estate and GVA will give a series of career development lectures in the schools involved, to make pupils aware of the great opportunities in planning, engineering, and renewable energy.

Mr Akio Fukui, CEO of Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, and Aberdeen’s Lord Provost, Peter Stephen, will both attend the celebrations alongside a representative from the Japanese Consultate.

Speaking on behalf of Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mr Akio Fukui, MPSE CEO said:

“The Scottish Samurai Celebration will support a local community to explore its extensive cultural links to Japan, celebrate Scot-Japanese relations and herald the future of renewable energy in Aberdeen, Japan and around the world.

“I am delighted on behalf of Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to be working with Bridge of Don Community Partnership, Aberdeen City Council and partners including SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), Wood Group, The Crown Estate, Scottish Government, Technip, and GVA, to make this exciting community celebration happen.”