Westerton Garden Suburb’s centenary celebrated at Scottish Parliament

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An exhibition of old and new photographs, information and children’s work was recently shown at The Scottish Parliament to celebrate 100 years of Westerton garden suburb in Bearsden.

The event was organised by a group of volunteer residents who set up the group - Westerton 100 - to celebrate the centenary of the suburb this year.

Members of the group were on hand, dressed in Edwardian costume, from Tuesday, October 1 to Thursday, October 3 to answer questions from the public. There was also a debate on Westerton in the members chamber as a result of a motion put forward by Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod, who has lived there herself for 50 years.

Westerton was Scotland’s first garden suburb when it was built in 1913 with the aim of creating a cooperatively-owned housing community for working class people at affordable prices. The houses were designed by Glasgow-based architect, John A W Grant from the famous firm of Honeyman and Keppie, in a distinctive and unusual style.

And Raymond Unwin from Yorkshire was in charge of the project as the consultant architect. He had studied in Oxford and had been inspired by the lectures and ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris.

Kim Kilgour, member of Westerton 100, said: “The debate was very touching and made me feel quite emotional.

“It was great to hear that people are so interested in Weterton and wanted to learn more about the village.

“I was delighted that Westerton was put on the map and felt proud to be a resident.”

Nicola Sturgeon has been confirmed as one of the panelists, along with Ruth Davidson, for BBC Radio 4 Any Questions Live which will be hosted by David Dimbleby and is going to be held at Westerton Fairlie Memorial Church on Friday, November 8. Tickets are free but they are limited, to book please visit www.westertonvillage.org.uk.

HAPPY 100th: at the exhibition are (left to right) Tracy Gemmill, Nicola Sturgeon, Kim Kilgour and Alastair Ewan.