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Scottish Memories • September 2011 Our cover image, painted by David Young, depicts a quaint village school at playtime
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W lc m t Reading the many stories in this issue about that dreaded first day of school brought back plenty of memories for me, and I have to admit, to begin with I wasn’t too keen on being left in that strange building with all those strange children. In fact, my first few days were mostly spent devising more and more cunning ways to escape and chase my poor mum up the road!
more and more cunning ways to escape and chase my poor mum up the road!
Thankfully, as I gradually grew out of that first pair of wee grey shorts, I began to realise what fun school could be. Where else could you be amongst such a large group of friends, play games, sing songs, act the fool, and swap football cards? Oh, and there was quite a bit of learning too, in between those long playtimes, though the lessons don’t come to mind quite so readily! At the time we never believed our teachers when they told us that school days are the best days of your life, but looking back it certainly rings true.
Fast forward a few decades and now I’m the one telling the youngsters to enjoy their school days! It’s lovely to watch my own children, who are now both at school, as they begin to socialise with their friends and learn the routines of the school day. We often find ourselves looking back on times gone by and wishing things were the same today, but at least that traditional adventure of going to school is something future generations will continue to enjoy. They might use computers in the classroom now, but I bet most of the games and songs of the playground aren’t that dissimilar to the ones described in this issue!
C t ts 5 Then and now Scotland’s oldest theatre saved, Doors Open Day festival, Highland history goes digital, ancient pilgrim trail to reopen
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32 My first… day at school We begin our new series of ‘My first...’ memories with readers’ recollections of their first day at school
13 A Circle of Gentlemen Matthew Donnachie explains why a secret Jacobite society has opened its doors to the public for the first time
14 Memories mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column
16 Scottish war brides in Canada Uplifting and poignant memories from the Scottish brides who made new lives across the Atlantic after World War Two
34 Why we love The Steamie Colin Salter recalls his time on tour with the popular stage show The Steamie
36 Tales of Grews Well We explore the legends attached to an ancient Perthshire well which was believed to have miraculous healing properties 39 Reader memories The dough school, Fifties fashion, the lightning grocer, soldiering in the 1940s and treading the boards with Roy Castle
20 Oor wee school A nostalgic look at classroom life in the 1950s when pupils were seated according to ability and the janitor patrolled the corridors with pride
22 The Scotsman who led England The career of Belshill cricketer Mike Denness who captained England
24 Year to remember: 1955 Films, music and headlines from the Fifties
27 Destination Loch Lomond Your in-depth travel guide to the beautiful Loch Lomond region
45 Scottish Memories Book Club Wonderful books at fantastic prices!
47 Fiction: No boys allowed A nostalgic story about a young boy’s views on his big sister’s wedding gift showing
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books and CDs with a Scottish flavour
50 A life of laughter The career of affable Glasgow showman Tommy Morgan
52 Puzzles WIN! Put the kettle on, sit back and relax with our page of puzzles and competitions!
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Seaside shows Summer entertainment at Rothesay Winter Gardens
Shopping in the Fifties When going to the shops was a family expedition!
Discover scenic Scotland in beautiful WESTERROSS
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