Tales of old light up local history project

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Local voices and histories of the past have been gathered together in a unique history project in Angus.

Lisa Simmons, continuing education tutor at Dundee University, has collected the memories and stories of people from across Angus in an oral history project.

“It began in 2008 when I interviewed my aunt - who was evacuated to Lintrathen during the Second World War - for my Masters,” Lisa explained.

The participants gathered at Hospitalfield House on Wednesday to celebrate the end of the project and to receive the grateful thanks of Lisa, who said: “Their stories are amazing and it has been such a privilege to hear and record them.

“Hospitalfield has its own sense of history and was therefore a great venue to say thank you.”

One participant, Bettie Markie, told of her story of evacuation to Kelly Castle, outside of Arbroath, where she lived with Lord and Lady Ramsay, who was later embroiled in the Kent Wolkoff Affair.

The School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University have accepted ‘Life in Scotland during World War 2’ as a part of their collection.