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Nathan Brown

Dennis Beattie, president of the Rotary Club of the Howe of Fife, presented Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to Bell Baxter High School pupils Nathan Brown and Ruth Anderson following their talk to members. Both the young people had thoroughly enjoyed their experiences at the week long RYLA camp at the Abernethy Trust Ardeonaig in July 2009 when they had learned much about teamwork and leadership skills, while participating in various activities, both physical and intellectual.

Physical activities included canoeing, kayaking, gorge-walking, abseiling and climbing, whilst intellectual aspects included team task exercises, evening talks and discussions.

Both Nathan and Ruth agreed that their self-confidence had grown during the week, a fact that had been readily proved, Dennis commented, by the pair's polished presentation to Rotarians.

Neil Dallas Brown

From FPA Newsletter Issue 7: "Scotland on Sunday" recently featured an article on the artist, Neil Dallas Brown, who was a pupil in the early 1950s. Neil lives in Pittenweem, so close to the sea, apparently, that the patio fell into the sea 7 years ago. He is one of only 4 Scottish artists who feature in the Encyclopaedia of modern British painters. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1975 and resigned in 1990. Neil has had 38 one-man shows and is highly regarded throughout Britain. He kindly lent us a piece of his work for the Centenary Art Exhibition. Anyone who knows his work will be aware of his very distinctive style and the high regard in which he is held.

Neil had an exhibition of his paintings in Pittenweem in 2001. Neil is one of the best known Scottish artists of his generation. He had been until recently a figurative painter, but he has turned in recent work to a more abstract style, using the coasts and harbours of the East Neuk as his inspiration. The exhibition was entitled "Lyric Structures". Neil trained at Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in Dundee after leaving school and he taught for many years in Glasgow. He then lived and worked in the East Neuk.

Neil died on 14th January 2002 in St Andrews Memorial Hospital. After he left School in 1955, Neil studied Art at Dundee College of Art. He gained the David Murray Landscape Scholarship of the Royal Academy and gained a reputation as a portrait painter. He taught at a number of schools in Fife and Angus, including Bell Baxter for a short time. He had a one man show in 1967 at the Piccadilly Gallery in London, which was a turning point in his career. He gave up full-time teaching but continued to teach at Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee and then at Glasgow School of Art. His works became famous throughout Britain. Originally a figurative painter and a portrait painter, he became more recently interested in abstract art, finding inspiration in the land-, town- and seascapes in the East Neuk where he lived. He is survived by his 2 daughters from his first marriage and by his partner Dorothea.

From Newsletter #30, May 2006:

The work of the late Neil Dallas Brown (1950 approx), who was a widely known artist will continue to be in the public eye for many years to come, as the Trust which has care of his work has decided to donate his work to public galleries in this country. To facilitate this, more than 100 of his works which are on display in galleries in the USA and Europe are being recalled. In the 1970s his work depicted the violence which scarred Northern Ireland, but his work was also inspired by the sea which was so dominant in his life in the East Neuk. This move has been supported by Fife's Arts Developments. The Chairman of the Trust is Mr John di Folco, who taught History in the School for many years.

Ricky Brown


Tributes have been paid to a "very popular" Newburgh teenager who died following a horrific car crash beside the Friarton Bridge.

  • By Paul Reoch

  • Published in the Courier : 21.03.11

  • Published online : 21.03.11 @ 08.02am

Ricky Brown (18) died on Friday night at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, after being put on a life support machine.

He was the passenger in a Ford Focus being driven by Jamie Fleming (20), also from Newburgh, when the vehicle rolled over several times at junction 10 (Craigend — leading from Edinburgh Road, Perth) of the M90near Friarton Bridge, at around 12.05 am on Friday. No other vehicle was involved.

Firefighters had to use hydraulic equipment to cut the pair free.

Ricky was treated by ambulance and trauma team staff at the scene and taken by ambulance to Ninewells, where he was placed in the intensive care unit.

He died with his family at his bedside. They are said to be too upset to talk about the tragedy. Mr Fleming was also taken to Ninewells Hospital but was later released after treatment.

Ricky's death was confirmed by Tayside Police on Sunday.

A spokesman for NHS Tayside said, ‘We can confirm that Ricky Brown died in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on Friday night. His family were there at the end.’

The community of Newburgh are coming to terms with the death. Councillor Andrew Arbuckle, one of the representatives of the Howe of Fifeand Tay Coast ward, paid tribute to Ricky, a former Bell Baxter High School pupil.

‘I was in Newburgh on Saturday morning and I think everyone I spoke to was pretty shocked by this,’ he said. ‘Ricky was a very popular young man. He was the sort of young person that everyone knew and everyone liked.

‘His death has come as a shock to the community here.’

A Newburgh resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said that his son had known Ricky when they were both at Newburgh Primary School.

‘My son knew Ricky and I can remember them both walking back from school,’ he said. ‘He was a very popular guy. It is a real tragedy.’

Sergeant Alan Pettigrew, of the road policing unit at Perth's Western Division, said, ‘This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the untimely death of a young man. Our thoughts are with Ricky's family at this very difficult time as they endeavour to take in what has happened. We are carrying out extensive inquiries into this accidentin order to explain what has occurred. To that end I would appeal for anyone who may have information about the circumstances to contact us as a matter of priority. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the distinctive grey Ford Focus ST170 car travelling to Perth around midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning.’

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