The Centenary Exhibition was held in the Watt Hall, McLean Museum, Greenock from 23rd June to 8th September 2007.
On the evening of Friday 22nd June an Opening Reception was held. This event was attended by more than 100 guests including MSP Duncan McNeil, Provost Michael McCormick, Scottish Chief Commissioner Mrs Eleanor Lyall MBE and Assistant Scottish Chief Commissioner Mr John Hawthorn.
Mr Vincent Gillan, on behalf of the Mclean Museum and Inverclyde Council, began the evening with words of welcome to the guests and offered his thanks to Jim Bell and his Exhibition Committee for the work put into the preparations for the event. Further words of appreciation and thanks were made by Jim Bell and MSP Duncan McNeill.
District Commissioner David McCallum then added his words of appreciation to all concerned over the two years of preparation and planning for the Exhibition. In recognition of their efforts, Vincent Gillan and Jim Bell were presented with a Thanks Badge by John Hawthorn and David McCallum.
Continuing his speech, David paid tribute to the ongoing support and encouragement given by Greenock Telegraph reporter Elaine Bowers and the Rev. Liz Crumlish. In recognition of this support, Thanks Badges were presented to both Elaine and Liz.
To round off the speeches, Mrs Eleanor Lyall MBE, Scottish Chief Commissioner spoke warmly of the recent conquest of Mount Everest by Scout Leader Carrie Gibson and gave a very moving account of both Carrie’s achievement and her example to the Scout Movement. In recognition of her ‘exceptional distinguished service’, Eleanor presented Carrie with a Silver Acorn. It is an additional tribute that this Silver Acorn was presented ‘out of season’ and with less than the length of service normally required to be considered for the Award.
The last day of the Exhibtion co-incided with the local ‘Open Doors Day’ and the Musuem arranged for Carrie Gibson to give an Illustrated Talk on her Everest Climb. This was well attended by the general public and in particular a party of about thirty Explorer Scouts who arrived to hear the Talk
To view a selection of photographs of the Exhibition and the Opening Reception, click on to the photograph below.