A DISCUSSION on the importance of education to daily lives has taken place in Haddington.

Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, professor emeritus in the school of life sciences at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, visited the John Gray Centre at the end of last month.

The local history service, in collaboration with Haddington Library, marked Black History Month with the event, where Sir Geoff gave a lecture on the importance of education, specifically the subject of history, to daily lives.

A spokesperson for the John Gray Centre was pleased to say that the talk on October 23 had proven a success.

They said: “The response to this event was overwhelming – full house, with a very enlightening question-and-answer session as well.

“And the feedback has been very positive from attendees, which included not just general members of the public and members of history societies from across the county, but also several history teachers from local high schools, who informed the audience that the topic of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is included in the history syllabus.

“This event also ties in with other activities organised by East Lothian Library Service with the aim of inclusivity.”