6 March 2014
On 6 March 2014, a tree was planted at Poldrate by Lady (Gill) Morrison in memory of her husband Sir Garth Morrison, who had been Chairman of The Lamp until his death in May 2013. His successor read out the following tribute:
"Among the many appointments held by Sir Garth Morrison at his untimely death in May 2103, he had been Chairman of The Lamp of Lothian Trust since 2001 (and a Trustee since 1984). On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to record our appreciation of his inspiring leadership.
Quite apart from guiding us through the challenges which face any organisation from time to time, Garth quietly steered the Lamp to a slightly higher, more focussed profile. He was instrumental in organising the memorable visit by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2007. This helped considerably in establishing the Friends of the Lamp scheme and directly resulted in raising some £290,000 which enabled the complete refurbishment of the Bridge Centre.
A year or so later, when the continuing viability of the Lamp's Concert Season came into question, Garth supported the creation of the Lammermuir Festival. This has grown to become a significant part of East Lothian's Festivals and has recently launched the programme for its fourth year.
Less visibly, but equally importantly, Garth also devoted time to modernising the governance of the Lamp, successfully renewing its Constitution as a Charitable Company limited by Guarantee. He also did much to broaden the appeal of the Lamp by encouraging fundraising events, including a musical evening at Gosford House, a charity golf day at The Renaissance Club and a lecture by Magnus Linklater.
In all his considerable work for The Lamp of Lothian Trust, Sir Garth Morrison gave us the benefit of his broad experience and wise counsel most generously and with unfailing good humour. He will be sorely missed".
Patrick Gammell DL FRICS