Marking 150th birthday of Wemyss Bay pier

The 150th anniversary of Wemyss Bay pier, and the arrival of the railway from Glasgow, will be marked on May 16, 2015.
The 150th anniversary of Wemyss Bay pier, and the arrival of the railway from Glasgow, will be marked on May 16, 2015.

A series of special events is to be held later this month to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of Wemyss Bay pier and the arrival of the railway from Glasgow.

Caledonian MacBrayne will have one of its ferries ‘dressed overall’ [a marine term meaning bedecked in flags] for the day on Saturday, May 16.

On board there will be a special display of photographs and models of paddle steamers, supplied by members of the Clyde River Steamer Club, the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, the Scottish Maritime Association and others.

In the Station Gallery at Wemyss Bay there will be an exhibition of railway paintings by Dugald Cameron, including new work showing the original station and pier in operation. During the morning only, from 10am-12pm, also on display, there will be models of Caledonian Railway locomotives.

During the afternoon the AGM of the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station will be held in Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay Parish Church Hall at 2pm, when all will be welcome.

The speaker will be Richard Kinsella, of Network Rail, who will talk about the current programme of renovations at the station.