Thomson - SMC167
is Albert Thomson ringing the curfew bell. Mr Thomson was
the Custodian of St Magnus Cathedral from 1946-1978.
During his time as Custodian he was responsible for the maintenance
of the Cathedral, the ringing of the curfew bell, and the
guiding of tourists round the building. Following a dispute
between Mr Thomson and his employers, in 1961, access to the
tower by the general public was restricted.
Albert Thomson was awarded the British Empire Medal in January
1973. This was an
acknowledgement of his services as Cathedral Custodian.