Matthew James Melville Lannon

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Matthew James Melville Lannon, known as James or as Spanner, was born in Raigmore Hospital,  Inverness on 5th April 1960.  He was the son of Matthew Joseph Lannon and Annie Isabella Fraser Lannon (ms Melville) and brother to Allan and Ian.
  James passed away on 14 October 2012 at just 52 years of age.

When James arrived back from Raigmore and was placed on the couch in 17 Millicent Avenue, Golspie my first impression was that this new baby looked remarkably like cousin Cecil (Eekie). For the first two or three years I was very proud of him but could not really take him anywhere very far.  However, as he got older and I obtained my driving licence there were more opportunities to get out and about. He came out with me to all sorts of interesting places and often on fairly routine trips like a visit to the local shops.

James aged 7 weeks

James with his father and brother, Allan in the front garden at 17 Millicent Avenue, Golspie


One particular occasion which comes to mind was a visit to Inverness for a day out when he was quite young and probably under five years of age.  I took James into Stewart's Restaurant which in those far off days was one of the very few suitable eating places in Inverness.  He liked fish and chips so that was the order.  When the plate arrived it had a large slice of lemon on top and James immediately said 'I don't want my pudding yet'!  Another visit was down Loch Ness when we 'searched for the monster'.


To list all the place we went and the times he was with us when Pat and I took him with us would make a long list but also the detail is now a distant memory. However, after we moved to Aberdeen this gave us an opportunity to give him a view of life in a big city.  He came with mum and dad but on one occasion he came with cousin Angie Melville.  They were put on the train in Inverness and met by us in Aberdeen.  James had a great time and went to various place in the city including a visit to His Majesty's Theatre (to see The Black and White Minstrel Show!) the Beach Show ground and Duthie Park.