Councillor Alastair Majury on Dunblane Library Berlin Wall Event
The Berlin Wall was demolished on the 9th November 1989, 30 years later Dunblane library is hosting an evening that will commemorate this momentous event in history, this Saturday at 6–8pm. The evening is organised by Dr Susanne Shanks and Dr Kerstin Doig, Susanne is from Germany and lives locally, Susanne is also actively involved in Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) Support Groups in Scotland, the UK and Germany and a Patient Advisory Group. Kerstin is a lecturer at Forth Valley College.
The evening will include a discussion of the events of that night 30 years ago, and its impact 30 years on, asking ‘Is Germany still divided?’ The library also has an ongoing book display — ‘The Change and the Division of Germany’, as well as exhibitions of articles, photos, and memorabilia.
At 10:45 p.m on 9th November 1989, Harald Jäger, the commander of the Bornholmer Straße border crossing allowed the guards to open the checkpoints and allowing people through with little or no identity checking. As the East Germans swarmed through, they were greeted by the West Germans, who were waiting with flowers and champagne amid wild rejoicing. Soon afterward, a crowd of West Berliners jumped on top of the Wall and were soon joined by East German youngsters. The evening of 9 November 1989 is known as the night the Wall came down. The event is free but people who would like to attend are asked to book their place via Dunblane Library.
Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“This promises to be an interesting evening, which I am sure will involve a lively and informed discussion. I have already booked my place with the library, and would urge anyone interested in history to book their place and come along to support this event. I would like to thank both Dunblane Library and the organisers for hosting and organising this talk.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.