Trust invites people to walk down Memory Lane
OBAN Communities Trust’s (OCT) oral history project is well under way, with a ‘memory storming’ session planned for a week on Friday (August 7).
To attract as many visitors as possible, the trust is also running a coffee and cake morning in tandem with the memory session.
The session will be held in the huts at The Rockfield Centre in Oban between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Cori Princell ( pictured) is co- ordinating the Heritage Lottery-funded project, ‘ Memories Matter: A Time to Share Our Stories’.
Cori said: ‘ We’ve done our first interviews and the details coming out are wonderful. I spoke to Brian Woodward, who moved to Dunstaffnage in 1943 after Portsmouth became too dangerous.
‘His father was repairing war ships and Brian and his older sister started school at Rockfield in Oban. It was the war, but those years were magical for six-yearold Brian. He and other children had the run of the town.
‘Brian remembers stopping at the newsagent that still exists on Stevenson Street. He said: “We used to buy the penny ice block, which was a cordial-flavoured ice block, and you sucked it on the way to school and by the time you got to school it was just a block of ice with no cordial left.
“Everyone went for the dark colours, the blackcurrant or raspberry, because that seemed to last longer than the other colours.”
Brian has since wondered how the sudden influx of displaced families affected the teachers at Rockfield.
Cori said she has found notes in a logbook showing the school was indeed under pressure at this time. She believes that stories like these are bringing the past to life and continued: ‘The trust is looking forward to hearing more about the changes that took place from 1945-1955. We hope to see as many people as possible to share more of their experiences on August 7.’
Meanwhile two videos of a tour around The Rockfield Centre posted on the Oban Communities Trust Facebook page have also been stirring memories with over 4,000 hits and comments on the website. See www.facebook. com/ObanCommunitiesTrust.