Meet the Press
Driving past the Portrait Gallery last week I saw Willie Dickson, our Head Attendant, in his smart tartan trews, standing at the Front Door looking proprietorial and pleased. Willie and his team have now been back in the building for a week and yesterday he was on duty to welcome the press for their first opportunity to see the completed renovations.
John Leighton, Nicola Kalinsky and I spoke briefly before taking the press party around the building. I have known most of the journalists and photographers for years and it was great to hear their very positive reactions.
The Gallery looked tremendous – light, stylish and very well restored. I am now impatient to see the paintings on the walls. But this will happen over the summer. I return in three weeks when it will be my turn to stand smugly on those front steps.