Mon 25 May 20
George McKenna, 77 years of age, was born in Glasgow and moved to Coatbridge when he was 12 years old. He is a Joiner to trade and became a building site manager and, before his retirement at 65, worked for twenty seven years as an Estates Manager at Queens College, Glasgow and latterly Caledonian University.
George with his wife and and their family of seven children and dog used to regularly visit St Andrews and the surrounding area for their holidays and he has many treasured memories of the area. The family enjoyed their holidays to the Royal Burgh so much that George and his children, now grown adults, returned annually together to enjoy the delights of the seaside town. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has made the holiday to Fife impossible to plan this year.
However, George has been making good use of his time under lockdown in Coatbridge and has got himself onto Facebook and has also been enjoying his hobby of painting which he did in the 1970s but had not spent time doing to any degree since then until the recent lockdown. Restarting his hobby was inspired by a photograph his daughter had taken of St Andrews and he decided that he would paint memorable scenes of the town and give them to each of his children. He has now completed his second piece of art work.
George said: “Together with the family, I love our holidays to St Andrews. Over the years these holidays have created many fond memories for me. Memories made together last a lifetime and I’m throughly enjoying getting my paints back out and putting those great memories on canvas for my family to treasure, as I do!”
The first of George’s paintings was sent to the Tourism St Andrews Facebook page and they have featured the paintings on their social media channels with delight from their page followers.
Debbie MacCallum (Chair of Tourism St Andrews) said: “We were delighted when George’s daughter got in touch with us to share his work. It’s wonderful that our beautiful town has played host to so many memorable holidays for the family and that those memories have inspired George to spend his time in lockdown to create pleasure for his family and for all the locals and visitors who follow our social media channels.
“St Andrews is looking forward to welcoming back visitors when it is safe to do so and our tourism businesses are already working hard to prepare their venues to ensure that they are as safe as possible to enjoy. The tourism sector has been hit very hard with this pandemic, but we are determined that St Andrews will be ready for our visitors’ return and we thank people like George for continuing to share the delights of what St Andrews has to offer the post pandemic visitor”.