Trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

“I thought per­haps your read­ers would be in­ter­ested in the Carmyl­lie Her­itage meet­ing when the theme was As­pects of the First World War,” says chair­per­son Anne Law.

“The Rev Brian Ding­wall en­thralled us with var­i­ous as­pects of the First World War. For ex­am­ple, from the start, the Bri­tish were at a dis­ad­van­tage as the trenches were built on the flat whereas the Ger­man trenches were on a slope with bet­ter drainage.

“The mud that ac­cu­mu­lated not only caused chronic dis­ease but re­duced move­ment, some drown­ing, some sink­ing re­veal­ing pre­vi­ous dead bod­ies.

“In­ef­fi­cient hand grenades were a dan­ger to sol­diers be­fore reach­ing the en­emy. On re­turn there was lit­tle help to those who sur­vived the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“In Carmyl­lie parish alone, 128 men left to serve in the war with 30 fa­tally wounded. Out of the hun­dred sur­vivors many did not re­turn as work in the quar­ries had ceased and Pan­mure es­tate sold farms and small hold­ings to pri­vate own­ers.” Wilma Kennedy who per­forms at the first of two November Cap­puc­cino Con­certs.

One of our finest Gaelic singers, a sought af­ter teacher and coach with wide ex­pe­ri­ence on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio, Wilma is no stranger to the Wighton. As the Friends of Wighton Gaelic Song tu­tor for sev­eral years she in­tro­duced nu­mer­ous singers to the beau­ties of the Gaelic tra­di­tion. It is sure to be be a won­der­ful morn­ing of song!

The con­cert be­gins at 11am (doors open 10.30am). Ad­mis­sion is £5, and tea/cof­fee avail­able for a small do­na­tion.

“Carnoustie’s Fair­way Garage has a car on the right with the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber SR 4504 and RS 5340 is the num­ber on the car in the right back­ground,” says Jim Howie of Broughty Ferry. “On its left is a larger ve­hi­cle, pos­si­bly a chara­banc, with Stra­chan’s Carnoustie painted on the back. The work­shop area has been de­mol­ished, but the frontage on the High Street re­mains. Can any­one iden­tify the makes of cars?”

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