Tak­ing step back in time at Turn­berry

Ayrshire Post - - Girvan News -

Ro­tar­i­ans were learn­ing about a pop­u­lar his­toric spot at their re­cent meet­ing.

Mar­garet Mor re l l popped along to the Gir­van Ro­tary Club to talk about her in­ter­est in the ‘ His­tory of Turn­berry Air­field’.

The club mem­bers were in­trigued be­cause half of them live very near the site.

Mar­garet, who lives be­tween Maid­ens and Kirkoswald and calls her­self an am­a­teur his­to­rian, re­stricted her talk to the pe­riod around the first World War.

The Air­field, at its peak dur­ing the pe­riod 1914 to 1918, was train­ing around 300 pi­lots per month, spe­cial­is­ing in Gun­nery.

Turn­berr y beach and sea found it­self the academy of tar­get prac­tice.

Dur­ing this time Turn­berry was the big­gest train­ing es­tab­lish­ment in Bri­tain.

Mar ga re t, whose hus­band is a lo­cal black­smith, is writ­ing a book on the sub­ject and is hop­ing to have it fin­ished pub­lished next spring.

The group thanked Mar­garet for her in­ter­est­ing talk and hope that she will come back to dis­cuss other decades on which she did not have the time to il­lu­mi­nate.

Talk time Mr John An­drew, Mrs Mar­garet Mor­rell and Mr An­drew Bal­lan­tine

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