A VALUABLE piece of Wee County history has been returned to the Wee County, after a story ran in the Alloa Advertiser.

Ross Stewart contacted the Advertiser in the hopes of arranging for his father's 100-year-old conductor's baton to be put on display in the area.

His late dad Alex had been the bandmaster of the Alloa Burgh Band between the 1950s and 60s.

After his father's death in 1965, Ross was given the baton by his mother and left for Western Australia in 1970, losing touch with many in the county.

However, he reached out to the Advertiser in April this year and made an appeal to find a fitting home for the baton in Clacks.

At the time, Ross said: "I was very proud of my father and whenever I look at this baton it brings back fond memories of those younger years where I learned my trade as a young musician and have still carried on now.

"I thank Alloa Burgh Band and my father for launching my career in music."

A couple of weeks later, Donald Morrison, president of the Clackmannan District Brass Band, replied and said they would "love" to have the artefact for their band room and future presentations.

Delighted by the news, Ross, 73, then flew over from Australia last week and dropped off the baton in person.

He also took up his father's mantle, by indulging in a little bit of conducting himself.

However, this was no token exercise as Ross has composed a piece just for the occasion.

Mr Morrison, president of the Clackmannan band, told the Advertiser more about the handover.

He said: "It was really good.

"Ross came along and it went really well.

"He surprised us all actually, because he had written a march and took that along for us to play.

"He had never heard it before, so that was its premier – and it was dedicated to Ross' father.

"It was recorded, and it's kicking about somewhere on Facebook."

The baton itself will now be exhibited in the band's hall, and Donald claimed they were now looking to hear from locals who might know more about it.

He said: "We have one or two artefacts that belonged to Alloa Burgh Band, so we'd like to collect some history for the exhibits.

"What we would love to do is get more history from the people of Alloa that might have had relatives that played with the band – so we could hear their stories."

In the meantime, the band also plan on displaying the baton during their upcoming concerts, in recognition of its historical significance.

Anyone who might know more about the baton can contact Clackmannan District Brass Band by visiting clackmannanbrass.co.uk