Leopard Magazine July/August 2014 coverWelcome to the summer double issue of Leopard, in which we celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary with a lookback over the decades, and the chance for readers to commemorate the occasion with some special, limited-edition souvenirs, which can be purchased online by clicking on the box below.

In the midst of the celebrations, however, we remember that August is also the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. As Derrick McClure reminds us, on the home front, Doric poets Charles Murray and Mary Symon were inspired - by the patriotism and heartache that marked the mood of the North-east at the time - to produce poems that can still “rug at any reader’s heart”. There is also the poignant story of the University of Aberdeen’s Peace Society and its secretary, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In a double-issue ‘Our Town’, Duncan Harley ‘takes the waters’ in Ballater, while Bob Peden celebrates the 250th anniversary of Aberchirder, also known as Foggieloan. Still in the Shire, Gregor McMurtrie has been Scouting around, along with hundreds of enthusiastic youngsters, at a Gordon Gathering Lord Baden-Powell would be proud of.  And of course there's much more... So enjoy Leopard magazine - and have a wonderful summer.

Judy Mackie, Editor