Heritage Centre to screen Dummy Jim

A still taken from the film Dummy Jim
A still taken from the film Dummy Jim

Award-winning film Dummy Jim will be screened at the Buchanhaven Heritage Centre on Friday, December 5.

It was 1951 and James Duthie’s thirtieth birthday gift to himself was a cycle tour which would take him on a 10,000 mile round trip from his native Cairnbulg to Sweden’s Arctic region.

Deaf since childhood, “Dummy Jim” communicated by sign language, he showed his neighbours a map and indicated he was heading for Morocco.

The “Belgers” knew James loved his bike; he had already been to Austria and Switzerland on previous tours, so this latest trip was no great surprise and so the scene is set for the film that recorded his experiences with an unusual outcome.

The film will be shown at 7.30pm and the evening will be opened by Haworth Hodgkinson with a musical introduction.

Chair of the Buchanhaven Heritage Society, Alex Geddes, said: “When Dr Fiona-Jane Brown offered this option to us we welcomed it with open arms and hope this is just the start of such films being shown.”

Dr Brown said: “The film belongs to the North-East of Scotland, being about an almost-forgotten character.”

Doors open at 7pm and entry is £4.