Mar 14 2013 by Leona Greenan, Hamilton Advertiser
This weekend will mark the beginning of a series of events in Blantyre in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone.
On Sunday, March 19, just two days before the famous Blantyre explorer’s birthdate, a special service will take place at the Livingstone Memorial Church. Congregation members will gather for the service at 2pm and guests will include the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Reverend Albert Bogle, Scotland’s First Minister Mr Alex Salmond, local MP Mr Tom Greatrex, past ministers of Livingstone Memorial, local clergy and representatives from other Lanarkshire churches.
There will also be representatives from the World Mission, National Trust for Scotland and the Livingstone Centre in Blantyre.
David Livingstone’s expeditions into Africa are well documented around the world as was his detection of quinine as a treatment for malaria and his discovery of Victoria Falls.
Residents of Blantyre have remained extremely proud of their local son and he means a lot to people who live there, so much so that it was the local community who raised the necessary funds to build Livingstone Memorial Church. Church elder Pauline Gordon explained: “The sense of pride towards Dr Livingstone has remained strong throughout the years by the various generations practicing their faith within the walls of this building, which makes our bicentenary service and celebrations so important.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, March 19 - the 200th anniversary of Livingstone’s birth - children from Blantyre Primary Schools will commemorate the bicentenary by burying a time capsule in the grounds of the David Livingstone Centre.
The time capsule will also include material provided by children from Chilamba Primary School, Dedzaron, Malawi.
Later that day an exhibition illustrating how technology revealed a previously inaccessible Livingstone diary also will be launched at the David Livingstone Centre.