Tom Shields of the Sunday Herald is reporting that the Scottish town of Kirriemuir celebrates on Saturday (May 6) the fact that it is the birthplace of Bon Scott, the late and great lead singer with AC/DC.
An engraved paving stone will be unveiled in the town's Cumberland Close hailing Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (born Kirriemuir July 9, 1946) as the "world's greatest rock'n'roll legend."
For a town whose motto is Jamais Arriere (never behind), Kirriemuir appears somewhat backwards at coming forward in the matter of exploiting its AC/DC connection. The town museum had an exhibition of Bon Scott memorabilia last year but there is little sign of ongoing catering for the increasing number of AC/DC fans who wend their way to Kirriemuir.
The location of Bon Scott's family home, which would be a logical place of pilgrimage for rockers, is kept something of a secret. The current residents don't relish the prospect of a constant stream of visitors to their door. The shop which once housed the Scott family bakery is now a clothing store and AC/DC aficionados are directed to it. The company specialises in T-shirt printing and embroidering but has shied away from doing Bon Scott items for fear of infringing copyright.
The initiative to honor Bon came from Dave Milne, a rock fan who is a member of the Kirriemuir community council. The concept was born over a few pints with some fellow devotees of AC/DC. "I had the idea when we had the beer goggles on," Dave admits, "but the morning after it still seemed like a good thing to go for."
What pleases Dave Milne most is the way the youth of Kirriemuir have became involved in the Bon Scott memorial day. Seven local bands will play at the concerts in the town hall after the unveiling of the stone. There is a lively association called DD8 Music, named after the town's postcode, dedicated to nurturing talent and ensuring that the quiet of Kirriemuir is occasionally rent with rock.
Read more at Sunday Herald.