Trust in­vites peo­ple to walk down Mem­ory Lane

The Oban Times - - News 7 - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

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.

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