This month’s dramatic cover photo shows ARP Warden John Stewart bearing a little boy to safety during the Clydebank Blitz of March 1941. See our feature on page 15
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W lc m t Welcome to this special wartime edition of Scottish Memories, which coincides with the seventieth anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz.
M m i in March 1941 is just as dramatic, tragic and compelling as ever, as our feature on
Seven decades ago German bombers left many British cities, including Clydebank, in ruins, and the story of those horrifying nights in March 1941 is just as dramatic, tragic and compelling as ever, as our feature on page 15 reveals. As someone born after World War Two it is difficult to comprehend the determination, bravery and loss experienced during these attacks. Of course, documentaries and history lessons teach us much about the world at war, and it is vital that these continue so future generations are aware of what happened, but stories of military manoeuvres and political posturing somehow don’t have the same effect as the vivid personal memories of ordinary people. Thankfully there are many of these in this issue, covering everything from evacuation and life on the Home Front, to the wonderful celebrations when the war finally came to an end.
Whether they are about wartime life or another memorable event from the past, we love sharing your recollections, so please keep them coming in. It’s wonderful to see the Scottish Memories community growing, and what better way to keep our history alive, than by sharing, celebrating and remembering together?
C t ts 5 Then and Now Historic mill hosts topping out ceremony, and Phil Cunningham’s new Trad music TV series. Plus, reader of the month, reasons to be cheerful and much more
12 Memories Mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column 15 Remembering the Clydebank Blitz A former soldier caught up in the Clydebank Blitz recalls the heroism of his neighbours amidst chaos and devastation
18 The secrets of Cairnyan The top secret wartime role of a Scottish harbour
20 On the home front The tips and tricks used to make wartime rations stretch that little bit further
22 By moonlight Discover the travelling exhibition which tells the story of those who taught wartime survival skills in the Highlands 24 Year to remember: 1941 A nostalgic look at the films, music and news headlines of 1941
27 Destination Scottish Borders All the information you need to plan a Spring break in the Scottish Borders
Matt Hill, Editor
34 Keeping it clean Jean Brittain recalls the camaraderie of wash day in years gone by
36 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Aileen Torrance humorously recalls her childhood encounters with a variety of much-loved family pets
38 Days of the Dividend In our fun fiction series set in a 1950s Co-op, Stan’s apprentices cause chaos
39 Reader memories Readers share their memories of dance classes, reluctant evacuees and the joy of VE day
44 The Second Slammers Members of Scotland’s talented 1984 Grand Slam Scottish Rugby team recall the excitement of their road to victory
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books and CDs with a Scottish flavour
50 Movie Memories George Forbes remembers the excitement of Hollywood movie stars visiting Glasgow
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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