‘Mr Gala Day’ honoured

Members of Carnoustie Gala Committee and family of the late Dave Murray with the memorial seat dedicated to him on the path between Carnoustie and Easthaven. Seated with the flowers are Wendy Devlin Dave's daughter and his wife Meg and Wnedy's husband Gary leaning centrel.
Members of Carnoustie Gala Committee and family of the late Dave Murray with the memorial seat dedicated to him on the path between Carnoustie and Easthaven. Seated with the flowers are Wendy Devlin Dave's daughter and his wife Meg and Wnedy's husband Gary leaning centrel.

CARNOUSTIE honoured one of its favourite sons on Thursday by unveiling a memorial bench.

The bench was donated by the Carnoustie Gala Committee in appreciation of the support it received from David Murray, of David Murray Transport, who tragically died in a motorcycle accident last September.

Mr Murray’s support was recognised in a speech by community councillor Ed Oswald. He said: “The Carnoustie Gala Committee has always been grateful to Dave for all his help and assistance given freely over many years. Some people have said that if it was not for Dave Murray there would be no Gala Day and that is probably true.”

Mr Murray was deeply involved in the logistics of the Carnoustie Gala Day, providing his lorries for use as floats, and pallets and portaloos, many of which he delivered himself.Gala Day was described as the highlight of Mr Murray’s year, by his daughter, Wendy Devlin.

The bench was installed on the path between Carnoustie and the David Murray Transport depot near Easthaven.

Mr Oswald continued: “Since the seat was placed in this location, I’m aware that many people have taken the chance to rest and enjoy the panoramic view over the countryside and the North Sea.

“David Murray was a great friend and supporter of Carnoustie Gala Committee. His family will clearly have mixed feelings today, sadness at their tremendous loss and a great pride in the man he was.

“Carnoustie Gala Committee wants to say it is proud to have been associated with such a man.”

Mr Oswald extended his thanks to Angus Council officer Murray Duguid and Carnoustie councillor Helen Oswald for their help and guidance.