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Thursday September 1

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North Leith Parish Church in Edinburgh will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of its building this weekend.

On Saturday (September 3) the church will be open between 10am-2pm, with a display of the building’s history, organ recitals and other activities including a treasure hunt in the gardens. Then on Sunday there will be a celebration service, with former members and ministers along with local dignitaries including the Lord Provost.

The Madeira Street building was designed by the architect William Burn, who was also responsible for several other notable buildings in Edinburgh including the Edinburgh Academy and John Watson’s Institution (now the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art).

The category A listed building has a notable neo-classical portico, above which is a clock tower surmounted by a slender spire. It was damaged by bombing during World War II but was repaired by 1950.

The church minister, the Rev Alexander McAspurren, said: “The Church has been a witness to God’s love, hope and reconciliation to the people of Leith over so many years, it is only fitting that we now celebrate His faithfulness.”


 

 Alex M Gowans celebrates his 70th anniversary as an elder in November this year. He was ordained in Queens Cross Church, Glasgow, in 1946, later joining St James’ Church in Pollok and then Cathcart South, now Cathcart Trinity.

For many years Mr Gowans led the Sunday School and had a successful children’s choir. He is still very active in church, attending twice each Sunday and being involved in bible study groups.


 


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