There will be an interesting and unique attraction to the car boot sale at the village green in aid of the Kinloch Centre project this weekend.
Taking pride of place and providing rides for children will be a homemade electric car with a deep connection to the history of our area.
The Aboukir Grumpies will be supporting the event and their chair Bill Scorgie has volunteered the services of his electric car which he modelled on the ‘dog cars’ produced in Falkirk at the beginning of the 20th century. Bill explained: “I think I was about 42 years old and I got a bit of severe arthritis and the doctors said I would need a wheelchair in a few years so when I got my wheelchair I wanted to build it differently from everybody else. Fortunately the doctors were wrong but I got a car out of it anyway!”
Two of the side panels are from the old Panmure House, which was demolished in the 1950s, and have murals depicting the first and last Lairds of Panmure and their wives.
Bill said: “The farmers being of that time delved into the rubble and salvaged what they could from it, it’s not unusual to see farmhouses in this area panelled with wood from Panmure House.
“Panmure House was the second grandest house in Scotland after Holyrood and the Laird of the time fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie, despite all his lands being given to him by the Crown. He was one of the few nobles to escape the slaughter of the Jacobites and the British Army was set to hunt him down.
“The government was searching for these men who escaped. He decided to flee to France, got a boat and went down to Westhaven and was rowed all the way to France.”