On Monday morning, 23rd September, we were made warmly welcome at the McLean Museum & Art Gallery in Greenock. Val Boa, curator, kept an exhibition on Greenock’s Clyde Potteries, due to be dismantled, available for us to see, and from it we learned a lot about this aspect
I enjoyed her talk on the pottery; and a video film cleared up any lingering doubt about the term “saga makers’ bottom-knockers” for some of us! The Greenock pottery was set up in 1814 by James & Andrew Muir – two enterprising guys. We had time to visit the Art Gallery which boasted quite a few famous artists on its walls, before heading for the Beacon Arts Centre for lunch – great view from the restaurant, excellent food and very reasonably-priced at £4.95p. I recommend it.
Next stop was Cardwell Garden Centre at Lunderston Bay. One car deviated up-hill in Gourock to visit the Free French Memorial “The Cross of Lorraine”. Wonderful view from there. After coffees etc, some retail therapy was enjoyed by some, while two folk opted for a wander along the coastal path across the road.
It certainly was one of the best LWG outings I’ve been on, and no distance from home with very little expense involved and no bus-costs or waiting. Thinks: Have we all visited Largs Museum?