John Milne's Memories

John Milne was born in 1943 and was brought up in Kirkmichael.

Interview took place on Tuesday 12th November 2013 in Blairgowrie.

Interviewer was Richard Stratton.

 

Introduction
Introduction
John introduces himself and talks about his early life.
Village life
Village life
John gives a verbal walk-through of the village as he remembers it in the 1940s - 50s.
Childhood
Childhood
John talks about what he and his friends did for fun when growing up in the 1950s.
School and discipline
School and discipline
John talks about his years at Kirkmichael Primary School. He talks about how the teachers dealt out punishments.
High school
High school
John talks about how public transport availability could limit the social activities of children from the glen, who were compelled to get the bus home straight after school.
Blairgowrie bus
Blairgowrie bus
There was a late bus from Blairgowrie on a Saturday night, which allowed people to go to the cinema, for example, and not have to worry about being stranded.
Opening Kirkmichael Stores
Opening Kirkmichael Stores
John explains why he made the decision to move back to Kirkmichael and open Kirkmichael Stores with his family.
First Footing on Hogmanay
First Footing on Hogmanay
John talks about the tradition of first footing on New Year's Eve. There were certain houses that were known to have open-house parties every year and revelers would float between those houses, wishing them a Happy New Year.
Quiz nights
Quiz nights
Quiz night became a staple of the local social life later in the 20th century. John believes that the social life shifted from the various village halls to the pubs in the 1980s and 1990s.
Characters
Characters
John talks about various people that he can recall.
This page was added by Sally Gingell on 17/11/2013.

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