PETERCULTER resident Allan Pennie celebrated his 86th birthday yesterday (Wednesday) - after having been honoured by the community with the installation of a stained glass window in St Peter’s Heritage Museum which he was instrumental in founding 15 years ago.
Mr Pennie was invited to unveil the stunning half-light window on Saturday in time for the re-opening of the Heritage Museum and Hall after its winter closure for maintenance. The new window commemorates his life and work in and around Aberdeen, complementing a similar window installed at the opposite end of the museum which commemorates the life and work of his Heritage co-founder Arthur McFarlane who died four years ago.
Both windows were designed by stained glass designer Catriona MacKinnon of Elgin. She told the Piper she had many meetings with Alan, discussing his many interests (17 symbols denoting his life’s work and connections, with a list available in the museum for “symbol spotters”) and the lead lines of the design mirror the many roads around Grampian involved in his work, while the Celtic script used reflects his love of calligraphy. Catriona has been a stained glass artist for 30 years, since studying at the Edinburgh School of Art - two of her windows can be seen in Cults West Church and one in Aberdeen’s St Mary’s Cathedral.