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Neil Dickson

Neil Dickson graduated from Glasgow University in 1998 with an Upper Second Honours Degree in Psychology and was also awarded a full "Blue" for Squash. He was presented with the Bob Wilson Memorial Trophy, given annually to the University's most outstanding individual sportsman or woman.

Susie Dickson

Susie Dickson and her sister Jane, of Cupar, have been part of the national squash squads for some time. Susie took part in a Home International contest in Dublin in 1997.

Frances Dingwall

Mrs Frances Poole died on 20th October 1992. Frances lived at 49 South Road, Cupar.

Charles McIntosh Dodds


Charles M Dodds (1928) died on 8th October 1996. Charlie began his career in the British Linen Bank, Cupar, and moved to Perth in 1965 as Manager of the Perth Branch. He moved to the Bank of Scotland as manager of the West End Branch in Perth in 1971 and retired in 1977. During the war he joined the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, being commissioned and serving with the 7th Royal Tank Regiment. His wife, by whom he is survived, was Etta Campbell, and they have three daughters.

Forbes Doig

The name of - and an interview with - Forbes Doig (mid 1940s) attracted attention some months ago (early 2002) in a rather sad context. In a tragic accident in France, pupils from a Largs High School were involved when a bus crashed during a school trip to France. The pupil who died was the grandaughter of Forbes, who was interviewed on BBC Televison as he paid tribute to her as an able pupil and a gifted musician.

William A Doig

William Doig entered BBS in 1934. He joined the Royal Air Force after leaving School, training as a statistitian. On leaving the Service in 1946 he took an Arts Course at St Andrews. After attending Queen's College and Teachers' Training College from 1946-49, he spent nearly 35 years as teaching, the last 28 years of them as a Headmaster.

Alison Don

Mrs Alison Stanford died peacefully in Ninewells Hospital on 15th November 1992. She is survived by her husband Harry and family, Keith, David and Calum.

Robin Don

Robin Don of Wormit is well known in theatrical circles as a set designer, and in 1996 he won the award for best designer in the Martini/T.M.A. British Regional theatre Awards, for the set of "The Winter Guest" at West Yorkshire Playhouse, co-produced with the Almeida Theatre Company.

Robin is based in London and has designed sets and costumes for many leading theatre, opera and ballet companies in Britain and abroad. In 1991 he won the Golden Troika, an international prize for stage design, presented in Prague, for his design for "Onegin" at the Aldeburgh Festival.

He started work in his father's smithy in Wormit, worked with Farmec in Cupar designing grain driers, and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He served an apprenticeship from 1966 to 1971 with the theatre designer Ralph Koltai. Since then he has worked with many famous names in the theatrical world, including Sir Alec Guinness, Geraldine McEwan, Simon Callow, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Recently he has been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company on a new production of "Les Enfants du Paradis".

This article about Robin appeared in the Fife Herald in 2009:

A former north east Fife man's attempts to prove he is a real high flier instead ended up with him having his wings clipped!

Robin Don, who now lives in Islington, originally hails from Wormit and is a former pupil of Bell Baxter High School in Cupar.

His flying machine was one of the 42 winning designs to fly off the ramp in aid of the Royal Parks Foundation at the Red Bull ‘Flugtag' in London's Hyde Park.

An audience of over 80,000 attended to see an amazing collection of home-made full size aeronautical creations.

Robin chose the name 'The Barnsbury Bouncer' as a tribute to the 65th anniversary of the 'bouncing bomb' developed by Barnes Wallis of 'Dambusters' fame.

Prior to take off, a recording of the stirring theme tune by Eric Coates was played by the Billy Cotton Band.

Robin said: ‘Having forgotten that I'd entered a design for the competition much earlier in the year, I was very surprised when I discovered that it had won a place on the Flugtag ramp.

‘It meant having to rush around and get the whole neighbourhood involved as the adventurous design exceeded 30ft from wing tip to wing tip.

‘The response from local companies was amazing.


‘Some 50 metres of parachute silk and 80 metres of bamboo poles were some of the items willingly given to construct the machine.

‘The local glazier lent his truck so that we could transport the fuselage down through the centre of London to Hyde Park on the roof rack.

‘Another neighbour sewed up the silk panels to make the wings.

‘The British Oxygen Company supplied the helium to fill the 1.5 metre diameter meteorological balloons strapped to the underside of the wings to give added height and buoyancy.

‘Unfortunately, one of the balloons exploded on take off and despite the attempts by navigator Graham McGill to keep it on course, it caused the flight path to severely veer to port.’

Robin had originally intended to pilot 'The Barnsbury Bouncer' himself, but a foot injury caused him to hand the controls over to enthusiastic neighbour, Danny Beauchamp.

Undaunted in their makeshift drip-dry kilts, hastily sewn together that morning, the other local lads who helped get Danny airborne over the Serpentine Lake were Graham McGill with Ahmet and Nicky Rifat.

The event ended with fireworks and a glorious celebration in the park with all 42 teams devouring the most enormous six feet diameter paella.

The crew of 'The Barnsbury Bouncer' was sadly not on the winning podium — the winning team from Southampton flew over 17.5 metres to take first place, but it was a truly memorable day for all.

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