Our View of the Month, in the centre pages, shows the beautiful Findochty harbour and village in Morayshire. Photograph by Dennis Hardley, see his ad on page 54
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W lc m t This month’s feature on exciting days out, coupled with our cover image of a sun-drenched Brodie Castle, reminds us that spring is in the air. At long last!
M m i the seasons is more of an event than the actual season itself, with the beautiful colours all
I admit to being a summer person (aren’t we all?) and can’t wait for the dark mornings and evenings to fade away. I often think that the changing of the seasons is more of an event than the actual season itself, with the beautiful colours all around us. But of course the longer days and nicer weather means we can get out and about much more when summer finally does come, whether it is in our own garden (don’t miss our great green-fingered recollections on page 44) or further afield at some of the country’s many attractions. Our guide on page 16 provides plenty of inspiration, with the reopening attractions giving us the chance to appreciate history, recall memories and make a few new ones. If you’re heading out why not take advantage of our great subscription offer on page 23 and claim a free tartan rug and drinks flask to take along on your next day trip or holiday?
Of course, down in London a certain Royal couple will be enjoying their own special spring day when they tie the knot amidst thousands of well-wishers, and we have some lovely stories of similar occasions from the past in this month’s reader memories. Whether you’re having a street party for the event, planning to watch it on television, or will be doing something else to avoid all the fuss, here’s hoping it’s one of many memorable days to enjoy in the warmer months ahead!
Matt Hill, Editor
C t ts 5 Then and Now Costumed performers arrive at Stirling Palace, and lifetime achievement award for climber. Plus, reader of the month, reasons to be cheerful and much more
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34 The flying phantom Spooky tales attached to the story of a wronged airman at Montrose Airfield
13 Tullibardine Chapel A little-known medieval chapel which has survived almost untouched for 500 years
14 Memories Mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column 16 Out and about 2011 Celebrate Spring with our guide to a new season at Scotland’s top tourist attractions
36 Don’t shoot the pianist! The memories of a talented pianist who once entertained the Glasgow public
38 Days of the dividend In our fun fiction series set in a 1950s Co-op, disaster strikes in the DIY department
39 Reader memories Readers share their memories of Royal celebrations, lamplighters, and life in a railway community
20 Fifty years of farming An Isle of Lewis farmer reflects on changes during five decades of farming
44 Blooming hard work Aileen Torrance recalls her green-fingered gardening job
22 Scotland in miniature A look at the tiny wafers used to seal letters in the Victorian age, when using an envelope was seen as an extravagance
24 Year to remember: 1971 A nostalgic look at the films, music and news headlines of 1971
27 Destination Moray Firth We explore fascinating places to visit on the beautiful Moray Firth
46 Gentle giants The fascinating story of the Clydesdale horse, used on farms and on the battlefield
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books and CDs with a Scottish flavour
51 Scottish Memories Book Club Don’t miss this month’s range of wonderful books, at fantastic prices!
52 Puzzles WIN! Put the kettle on, sit back and relax with our page of puzzles and competitions
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