Granddaughter to unveil Memorial Plaque at Glasgow home of Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot), author of the books on which the T.V series “All Creatures Great and Small” was based.
A plaque in memory of Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot) is to be unveiled on Friday 5th October 2018 at 11.am at the vet and author’s original home where he grew up in Glasgow. The plaque has been organised by Herriot fan David Henderson of Glasgow who was one of many millions of people fascinated by James Herriot’s stories of life as a country vet in North Yorkshire.
“Alf Wight spent the first 20 years of his life at this home at 2172 Dumbarton Road. He attended Glasgow Veterinary School in the City before moving to North Yorkshire to become a practising vet after graduating and it seemed to me that something should be done to recognise his early life in the City. I am grateful for the support of the World of James Herriot and Yoker Housing Association for their help in staging the event”. comments David Henderson.
The plaque will be unveiled by Zoe Wight, the vet and author’s granddaughter who now lives near Glasgow and who will be joined at the ceremony by her father Jim Wight, colleagues and friends including Professor Ewan Cameron, the Principal of the Glasgow Vet School, Professor Peter Holmes, former Vice Principal of Glasgow University, Glasgow City Councillor Michael Cullen, vets from the nearest practice and from the Scottish S.P.C.A. along with representatives of the World of James Herriot in Thirsk, which, prior to becoming a visitor attraction, was the vet and author’s home and surgery in the town that was named in his stories as Darrowby.
Ian Ashton, managing director of the World of James Herriot said: “This is an excellent initiative and we are very pleased that David has been able to arrange the plaque at Alf Wight’s original home in Glasgow. It is fitting that a tribute should be set in the location where he grew up and completed his veterinary training.”