Memorial Bench

A video of the Stuart Adamson Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony that took place in Pittencrieff Park on Saturday 24th September 2011 is now online and added to the website.

There are also some photos of the bench and the location at the Lilly pond in the gallery. Click here to view the gallery images.

A special thanks to Colin Gourlay, Allan “Smid” Smith, Jamie Davidson, Colin “Cob” Harrower, Fife Council, Promotional Impressions, Contemporary Arts Dunfermline, PJ Molloys and to all the family, friends and fans for helping make this event happen.

Original article from the Dunfermline Press on Thursday 29th September 2011

HITTING THE RIGHT NOTE: from left, Gwenda Matthews, Allan Smith and Colin Gourlay.
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Fans and friends of the late Stuart Adamson gathered in the glen on Saturday for the poignant unveiling of a bench adorned with some of his most popular lyrics.
The memorial sitting in a peaceful setting was paid for by Stuart’s admirers who were determined there would be a permanent tribute to the Skids and Big Country star in his home town.
After the ceremony many of those present went to a get-together at PJ Molloys where Stuart’s music provided the entertainment.
Organiser Gwenda Matthews, from Wigan and a long-time fan of Stuart,… Continue reading

The Sun newspaper article Tuesday 27th September 2011

Fans of tragic rocker Stuart Adamson have forked out for a uniquememorial in his home town.
A park bench inscribed with lyrics will celebrate the life of the Big Country and Skids star.

The tribute by a lilly pond in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline was the idea of devoted fan Gwen Matthews. It overlooks The Glen Pavilion where Big Country began their rise to fame.

Fans chose which lyrics would go on the bench in a Facebook Poll.

The rock world was shocked when Adamson committed suicide in Hawaii in 2011 aged 43.

Fan Colin Gourlay said: “Dunfermline was the place Stuart considered his spiritual home.”

Published in the Courier : 26.09.11
By Leeza Clark

‘Spiritual home’ pays tribute to rock legend Stuart Adamson — with a little help from Wigan
A decade since his tragic death, a memorial has been unveiled to Fife rock legend Stuart Adamson in his ”spiritual home.”

Fans gathered round the memorial bench on Saturday. Below: some of the lyrics carved into the wood.

A commemorative bench, inscribed with fans’ favourite lyrics, was installed in Dunfermline’s Pittencrieff Park at the weekend.

It looks across the park’s Italian garden to the Glen Pavilion — where The Skids played their second ever gig and the venue for Big Country’s debut performance.

The lasting memorial was paid for by Stuart’s fans, and has the backing of his family.

While… Continue reading

Dunfermline Press article Published 20 Sep 2011 09:30 by Gary Fitzpatrick

THE timings have been confirmed for Saturday’s ceremony in Pittencrieff Park when music fans will pay tribute to one of Dunfermline’s favourite sons, the late Stuart Adamson.

A commemorative bench paid for by fans of the Big Country and Skids legend will be unveiled at noon at the picturesque lily pond site.

Music fans from around the world are expected to make the pilgrimage to Stuart’s home town as the 10th anniversary of his death approaches.

Gwenda Matthews, from Wigan, was saddened to see there was no memorial in Dunfermline to her hero during a day trip here and started a Facebook campaign to put that right.

She has been delighted with the response… Continue reading

Dunfermline Press article posted on 16th September 2011 by Gary Fitzpatrick

A COMMEMORATIVE bench paid for by music fans will be installed in Pittencrieff Park in a touching tribute to Skids and Big Country legend Stuart Adamson, as the 10th anniversary of his tragic death approaches.

Devoted fans from around the world are expected to attend the unveiling in the Glen on Saturday 24th September with events planned to celebrate Stuart’s music later in the day.

Fittingly, the bench will be in the shadow of the Glen Pavilion where Big Country played their first ever gig in 1982.

The driving force behind the tribute is Gwenda Matthews, who lives in Wigan and has been a fan of Big Country since their early days.

She travelled… Continue reading

Daily Record article published on 14th September 2011

FANS of tragic Big Country star Stuart Adamson are to unveil a bench in his honour in his home town.

The memorial in Dunfermline’s Pittencrieff park will be engraved with lyrics from Stuart’s songs.

Fan Gwenda Matthews, who used to live in Dunfermline, started fundraising after finding out there was no permanent memorial to Stuart in the town.

Well-wishers from across the world sent donations.

Stuart, 43, committed suicide in a hotel room in Hawaii in 2001 after struggling with alcohol and depression.

He was a founder member of The Skids before forming Big Country.

Gwenda said the bench would be a place where “fans could go to remember him”.

She added: “Stuart left his fans with… Continue reading


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