Postcard from Brechin


Social realism factual


'The Quiet Life'


David Adam

Charcoal on paper

121 x 180cm



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Ian Drummond was fatally injured in Montrose Street, Brechin. Ian was attacked in the street by Archie Wallace after verbal insults were traded by their girlfriends in the Coop shop. Ian's girlfriend Sarah tried to pull him unconscious back into their flat nearby. Wallace came back with an axe and broke into the flat to continue the attack, Sarah tried to defend Ian with a kitchen knife; Ian died later in hospital. Ian used to reassure me that everything was OK by saying that all he wanted was 'the quiet life'.

Wallace died in Shotts prison later.