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Memory lane

Brian Taylor | 10:43 UK time, Friday, 25 February 2011

If you will forgive me, I intend to indulge in a little nostalgia today.

In Inverness for my Big Debate, a glance at the morning TV bulletin was enough to send me back in time.

There was St Salvator's quad where I attended my first English lecture - and later sat my finals.

There was the chapel where I was married.

Many congratulations to St Andrews for securing the support of two of its better known alumni in launching its 600th anniversary campaign.

'Grey toun'

Some of the St Andrews traditions which have evolved during those six centuries can be a little tricky to explain to visitors: pier walks, Raisin Monday, Kate Kennedy.

But now, it seems, the university is to be known globally as a place to meet your spouse, following the example of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Interviewed this morning, the Principal suggested, with a wry smile, that there were two possible causes for this: the intrinsic romance of the auld grey toun and the essential worth of those who select St Andrews in the first place.

You won't get any disagreement on that from me - or my St Andrean wife.


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