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W lc m t With so many wonderful memories flooding in to the Scottish Memories office each month, I often use this space to thank readers and to share a few recollections of my own. But when it comes to fashion – the subject of two features in this issue – there are far too many cringeworthy moments to recall, since I repeatedly tried, and failed, to dress to impress. These days I’m much happier in a comfy cardigan and some (whisper it) old slippers than struggling to get into tight-fitting jeans!
since I repeatedly tried, and failed, to dress to impress. These days I’m much happier in a comfy
I guess we’ve all had some wardrobe malfunctions (that’s the modern term, I’m told) in the past, but at least changing fashions help to define particular eras and bring back evocative memories. Just take a look at some classic TV shows (see page 18) or flick through your old family photo albums and you’ll be able to chart the ever-changing trends in clothes and hairstyles, as showcased by uncles, aunts and grandparents. The reassuring thing is, future generations will do exactly the same thing in years to come!
I’m sure the fashion features in this issue will send many readers on a walk down memory lane – just don’t trip up on your flares as you go! – and we have plenty of other fascinating articles on offer, from real ale enthusiasts to Egyptian secrets, plus the chance to claim a free Weir’s Way DVD, starring the late Tom Weir (see page 37), a man who often sported a woolly hat while out exploring – a piece of practical headwear that will surely never go out of fashion!
C t ts 5 Then and now New finds at Abbotsford House, group raises funds for heritage centre
12 Memories mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column
14 Dressed by Horrockses The story of the Fifties fashion house whose ‘off the peg’ dresses summed up a new carefree age of easy to wear fashions
17 Tales from the jail We talk to two actors whose job is to recreate the harsh conditions experienced by prisoners at Inveraray Jail
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32 Fashion victim Aileen Torrance takes a fond trip into her fashion past, recalling some of her most outrageous clothing combinations
34 Uncovering an ancient secret The young Scot who uncovered a 2,000-year-old Egyptian secret 36 My Scotland Landward presenter Dougie Vipond shares his passion for the Scottish countryside 39 Reader memories Readers recall trips to school by steamer, childhood library visits and a visit to track down an ancestral island
18 Classic Seventies TV An affectionate look at 1970s TV drama series and their Scottish connections
20 Brewing in Scotland The rich history of our ancient ales, first brewed 5,000 year ago
44 Provan Gasworks The surprise find from the regeneration of an industrial landmark in Glasgow
46 Lost railway journeys We explore our railway heritage through the remains of three forgotten routes
22 Beer heroes Meet the country’s top ale enthusiasts
24 Year to remember: 1963 The films, music, news headlines, and prices of 1963
27 Destination Dumfries & Galloway Your travel guide to this picturesque region
48 Book reviews We give you the lowdown on the latest books with a Scottish flavour
51 Scottish fiction The first part in our new fiction story describing a picnic trip to remember
52 Puzzles WIN! Test your knowledge with our fun puzzles
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