Alistair Martin

Broughty Ferry YMCA Marks 150 Years

History buffs will soon be able to get their hands on a copy of a booklet written to commemorate 150 years of the YMCA in Broughty Ferry.

Alistair Martin, 73, has spent more than six months meticulously researching and writing the 150th Anniversary of Broughty Ferry YMCA.

The commemorative book will go on sale on June 10, to celebrate the exact anniversary the YMCA in Brook Street opened its doors in 1866.

It coincides with Dundee City Council hosting a civic reception to honour the YMCA’s longevity and importance to the area.

The launch aims to boost the campaign to raise £150,000 for the restoration of the building. It is in desperate need of refurbishment following many years of minimal maintenance.

The author, who is from Broughty Ferry, said: “I’ve been involved with the YMCA for many years, as well as Broughty United, who have long used the gym. The anniversary committee, which I’m involved in, showed a lot of interest in the history of the organisation.

“It was a fascinating project to see how the role of the YMCA has changed over the years and people in Broughty Ferry have responded well to it.

“It began as a library, before there were public ones, in a bid to bring people together and offer opportunities for all. It became a youth organisation in the 1960s and 1970s, but has almost returned to its initial aim — it is the Ferry’s community space now.

“I hope the booklet will help to raise awareness and remind people of the YMCA but also celebrate its history. After all, there aren’t many organisations which last for 150 years.”

The book will have a print run of 2,000, which is “ambitious” but achievable, said Alistair.

Broughty Ferry Traders’ Association has been very supportive of the book and it will be on sale in many of the suburb’s shops, priced £3.