Discovery Walk pays tribute to famous Dundee figures

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The individuals commemorated were chosen by the public

A series of plaques marking pivotal figures in Dundee's history has been unveiled at the heart of the city's £1bn Waterfront development.

Discovery Walk commemorates famous people from or connected to Dundee who have made significant contributions to science and society.

There are nine plaques of well-known faces in addition to a 10th plaque introducing the Walk.

Relatives of those commemorated were among those attending the event.

These included Flora, Jack and William Baxter, who unveiled the plaque dedicated to Mary Ann Baxter, whose financial backing helped establish University College, Dundee, now Dundee University.

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Relatives William, Flora, and Jack Baxter unveiled a plaque dedicated to Mary Ann Baxter

Other figures commemorated include R D Low, who created the Oor Wullie and The Broons comic strips.

The nine individuals were chosen in a public consultation exercise.

Discovery Walk is the brainchild of Kelly Marr, an Australian who has made Dundee her home.

She said: "I was inspired by the famous Writers' Walk around Sydney Harbour celebrating more than 50 writers either from or associated with Australia in some way.

"During the last 20 years I would hear about some of the great innovations that were made in Dundee, and I always felt that it was a great shame that such achievements were not celebrated publicly."

The other people honoured are Prof Geoffrey Dutton, Sir James Alfred Ewing, Prof Margaret Fairlie, Dr James F Riley, Sir D'Arcy Thompson, Mary Lily Walker, and the duo Prof Walter Spear and Prof Peter Le Comber.

Dundee-based artist and illustrator Suzanne Scott, who works under the name WhimSicAL LusH, was commissioned to design the first 10 plaques.

She told BBC Scotland: "My work is going to be here hopefully longer than I am, and it's now tangible.

"It's gone from being on paper to being cast in bronze, so it's got texture, it's got life to it.

"It really is a huge honour."

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