DUNFERMLINE PRESS By Gary Fitzpatrick by Gary Fitzpatrick
A COMMEMORATION ceremony will take place in Pittencrieff Park next Friday16th December to mark the 10th anniversary of Stuart Adamson’s death. A wreath in the shape of ‘Stuart’ will be placed by fans of the Big Country and Skids singer/songwriter near a memorial bench recently unveiled in his honour.
A decade on, Stuart remains a favourite son of Dunfermline and the anniversary will bring a mixture of sadness and fond memories. Gwenda Matthews, whose efforts this year have ensured that Stuart’s contribution to music is formally recognised in his home town, will travel up from Wigan for the wreath-laying.
Stuart was just 43 when he took his own life in a Hawaii hotel on 16th December 2001. His death shocked the rock world but the tragedy hit home hardest in West Fife where family and friends had to come to terms with the loss.Stuart was born in Manchester but grew up in Crossgates, forming the punk band Skids in the ’70s and later enjoying further chart success with Big Country.
Away from his music, he was a very popular figure around Dunfermline. Despite his international success, Stuart remained a friendly, approachable person who always had time to stop and speak to old acquaintances and for a time owned the city centre bar Tappie Toories.
Gwenda posted a message on the web-site she started in Stuart’s memory.
She wrote, “Well the 10th anniversary of Stuart Adamsons’s death is almost upon us – where has all the time gone, it just feels like yesterday.
“We all love and miss him so much, this anniversary will touch us all in different ways and we will remember him in our own personal way.
“The way I have chosen to remember him is to arrange for a wreath in the name of “Stuart” to be placed on the memorial bench on Friday the 16th December.
“I have decided to keep things low-key at this time to see what other people wanted to do.
“So far only around a dozen or so people have confirmed to be travelling up to Dunfermline over those few days.
“For those who can make the journey I have arranged for fans to meet up at the memorial bench at The Glen Pavilion at 1pm. The flowers will be put in place then.
“I will say a few words and then we will go back to the City Hotel for a blether and a few drinks. I will be at the City Hotel both days to chat to fans.”