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W lc m t They say variety is the spice of life and I would certainly agree with that sentiment when looking through this issue. There really is something for everyone in the magazine this month, and I’m always fascinated by the varied subjects shared by contributors and readers as we take our regular wander down memory lane.
We cover all kinds of topics, from pirate radio to punk rock, whisky to wartime bombers, and rare breeds to Victorian detectives, it’s all here! I guess it shows just how diverse and intriguing the past can be, and that there are countless stories for us to share.
I have to admit Aileen’s recollections of trying to be a punk (page 36) struck a chord with me. My moment of rebellion came during a long weekend when my hairdresser girlfriend decided my hair might look a little more edgy if it were dyed bright green. She was right, it certainly turned heads, but I was so worried that my mum might see it, I quickly dyed it black on the Sunday before going home! All those chemicals obviously had an effect as my hair has less of a presence than it once had, still, it saves the hairdresser girlfriend (now wife) from having to cut it!
As always, if you have a memory you would like to share don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whatever the subject, the Scottish Memories community are eager to hear about it as we continue to celebrate our incredible, interesting and always intriguing past.
C t ts 5 Then and now Montrose’s maritime history on display, Year of Creative Scotland, and new investigations at Stirling Castle
12 Memories mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column
14 Govanhill in the Fifties Memories of life in Govanhill in the 1950s, as new communities arrived from overseas
17 Scotland’s pirate radio Remembering Radio Scotland, the popular Sixties pirate radio station
18 Cruising in the Sixties All aboard for fond recollections of the history and heritage cruises run by National Trust for Scotland in past decades
20 Water of life George Forbes takes a look at the history of whisky and its centuries-long association with Scotland
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24 Year to remember: 1984 The films, music, news headlines, and prices of 1984
27 Destination Firth of Clyde Your in-depth travel guide to a scenic area of Scotland’s west coast
Matt Hill, Editor
33 Scotland’s rare breeds Some of Scotland’s finest breeds which have been popular for more than 2,000 years
35 Pop music memories We look back on the music and career of ‘king of skiffle’ Lonnie Donegan 36 A Seventies punk Aileen Torrance fondly recalls her attempts to be a punk rocker
38 WIN! A holiday to Arran Enter our fantastic competition and you could be enjoying a spa break on Arran! 39 Reader memories Readers recall trainspotting, the cosy recess bed, and American arrivals at Holy Loch
44 The Lady of the Loch A remarkable operation to rescue a crashed wartime bomber from Loch Ness
46 Victorian detective The Glasgow detective who turned his life experiences into an exciting book
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books with a Scottish flavour
51 Burnt toast and candlewicks Our popular fiction series set in a 1970s B&B continues
52 Puzzles WIN! Test your knowledge with our fun puzzles
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