Tomorrow’s heroes help celebrate famous past Dundonians


6th April 2017

Future famous Dundonians are helping to highlight achievements of their illustrious forebears to mark the first anniversary of the opening of Discovery Walk Dundee.

Children at the city’s Blackness Primary School have designed graphics for an exclusive themed treasure hunt in Dundee’s Overgate Shopping Centre.

Fourteen portraits of famous Dundonians, each decorated with a frame designed by the children, are hidden within shop windows around the Centre.

Finding them all wins entry into a prize-draw for £50 of Overgate gift vouchers.

Commenting on the launch, Malcolm Angus, Centre Manager, Overgate said:  “Overgate is delighted to be partnering with Discovery Walk Dundee for this unique all-ages treasure hunt. It will be a fun and educational reminder of the city’s groundbreaking pioneers of the past, brought to life by the residents and children of the city today. We would encourage everyone to join us in the centre from now until Friday 21 April and embrace the spirit of Discovery.”

Kelly Marr, project originator and chair of the Discovery Walk Steering Group: “I would like to thank everyone involved and especially the Overgate for their continued support. We will continue to ensure that the young people in Dundee can take a real sense of pride in their city by learning about the famous Dundonians in the Walk.”

Discovery Walk was launched on 6 April last year with the unveiling of nine plaques honouring the achievements of engineers, writers, artists, social reformers and philanthropists of the past who either came from or had a strong connection to Dundee.

The plaques are set into the pavements around Slessor Gardens at the heart of Dundee\'s £1 billion Waterfront Redevelopment.

A crowdfunding campaign was launched in late 2016, selling a limited edition of 2,000 special commemorative badges to fund the addition of five further plaques to the Walk.

The Overgate Treasure Hunt runs from today (5 April) until Friday 21 April.  Entry forms are available from the customer service on Level 1 of the Overgate.

The first phase of Discovery Walk was formally unveiled by Lord Provost Bob Duncan on 6 April 2016.  It comprises plaques honouring philanthropist Mary Ann Baxter; biomedical pioneer Professor Geoffrey Dutton; scientist and codebreaker Sir Alfred Ewing; gynaecologist Professor Margaret Fairlie; cartoonist and comic editor R D Low; radiologist Dr James Riley; electronic engineers Professor Walter Spear and Professor Peter Le Comber; philosopher and mathematician Sir D’Arcy Thompson, and social reformer Mary Lily Walker.

Phase Two will honour postage stamp pioneer James Chalmers; electrical scientist James Bowman Lindsay; inventor and instrument maker George Lowden; x-ray pioneer Dr George Pirie, and doctor and health reformer Thomas Maclagan.

The commemorative badges can be bought at Eduardo Alessandro Studios (30 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry), Frameworks Studios (52 Commercial Street, Dundee), The Windsor Gallery (61 Perth Road, Dundee), Dobbies Garden Centre (Monifieth), Groucho’s Record Store (132 Nethergate, Dundee) and Tatha Gallery (1 High Street, Newport-on-Tay).  The badges can also be bought online at

All income will go to pay for the production and installation of the new plaques next year.

SDI (Dundee 2) Limited

The Overgate Centre, Dundee is owned and managed by Legal & General, the largest commercial property company in the UK.

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