Minister enjoys reliving Langholm athletes’ success

AN Olympic-themed exhibition Going for Gold, is now open in Annan Museum and has been getting plenty of visitors.

The exhibition was officially opened last week by sports minister Shona Robison and among the guests were Ally Corrie and David Stevenson from Langholm.

Ms Robison was shown round the exhibition, which focuses on the history of the great tournament, from the early days to the modern games and the development of the Paralympics.

The exhibition tells the story of local athletes who competed in the Olympics and Paralympics, including Langholm men David and Alix (Jamieson) Stevenson and Ally Corrie, and shows cherished items such as medals and photographs.

David and Alix just failed to reach the medals in the pole vault and long jump respectively at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

Ally has the full set of medals from the two Paralympics he attended in West Germany and Canada in 1972 and 1976, taking team gold in the archery in Toronto.

The sports minister had a chat with the two men, along with Karen (Davidson) Townson, who now lives in the Annan area, but is originally from Dundee, and won medals in the Paralympics in New York 1984 and Seoul 1988, in shot, discus, javelin and swimming.