IF LANARK'S Ed Archer has a fault, then it's his habit of volunteering for ANY task needing done around the Royal Burgh, no matter what it is.
Until recently he was in charge of co-ordinating the efforts of the
hundreds of people in Clydesdale who, through the CSV/RSVP
network, carry out voluntary work in aid of good causes.
So when the committee organising Lanark's celebrations of the centenary of the famous airshow at the Racecourse asked if anyone could produce the official commemorative book, a man who'd never written one before and confesses to being no major aviation expert stepped forward to do it — Ed Archer.
And that work, Flying at Lanark, has now been completed in good time for the 100th anniversary of the airshow in August — produced and issued by the well-known and highly popular local history publishers Stenlake.
Ed, being Ed, far exceeded his original remit from the centenary committee and produced a superb record in photos, postcards and words not only of the 1910 show but the whole history of aviation at Lanark Racecourse.
Ed said: "As a member of the Lanark Air Show Centenary Committee, I have been actively involved in trying to organise events and interest in the contribution Lanark made to aviation history."
Flying at Lanark is available at Lanark Museum during airshow exhibition opening times, 10.30am to 4.30pm Fridays and Saturdays.
A feature article on the new book is contained in this week's Lanark Gazette, which is in the shops now.