" Ye may gang farther and fare waur"
Regular visitors to the Memorial Park
in Maybole, especially those who pass the swing
park, now have the opportunity to take time out on a
newly erected bench . This commemorative seat is in
memory of two Minniebolers – Alex and Marion
McDowall who enjoyed more than 60 years of married
life in the town. For Alex, or Sanny as he was
perhaps better known locally, the above inscription
from around the old well near the West Parish Church
was a guide for life. In 1938 Alex went to Glasgow
as an 18 year bricklayer in search of work; he also
found Marion, the love of his life.
After service in North Africa and
Italy with the Seaforth Highlanders, Alex made his
way back to Maybole with his wife and son. He then
set about building his family and serving the
community as Clerk of Works and then as a Town and
County councillor. Marion was the quietly supportive
wife who kept home and family together whilst Alex
was busy with his civic duties. Sadly, both
have passed on but the family was given permission
by South Ayrshire Council to erect the bench in
memory of two people who loved Maybole.