Craig Dhu re­mem­bered

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Sir, The ar­ti­cle in the Ban­ner about the Craig Dhu guest house in Lam­lash (Saturday De­cem­ber 29) re­minded me of three mem­o­rable hol­i­days in 1952, 1953 and 1954 that I had with my par­ents.

We vis­ited dur­ing the Kil­marnock Fair fort­night in Au­gust and so there were sev­eral fam­ily groups from the town like our­selves. There were also folk from Pais­ley and Clack­man­nan I re­mem­ber. I at­tach a snap show­ing me with my mother’s bike in front of the en­trance porch in 1954.

On our first visit we were ‘housed’ in a wooden shed sit­u­ated in the rear gar­den at the end of the drive. In the later years, we were ‘promoted’, as fre­quent vis­i­tors, to the an­nex. This ad­di­tion to the house on the right end of the build­ing as you face it, is still there but it no longer has an ex­ter­nal door as far as I can see.

The re­ceipt dis­played by Ms Lin­ton show­ing a twoweek fam­ily hol­i­day at £35 7/- is in­ter­est­ing too. I re­mem­ber my fa­ther hav­ing £1 a week re­served from his £8 wage packet ev­ery week to ac­cu­mu­late to pay for the sum­mer hol­i­days. In the early 1950s the cost was around £30 for the three of us. As this was around four weeks’ wages, it was a sig­nif­i­cant fam­ily ex­pense de­spite the amount seem­ing now so low.

The lo­ca­tion of the guest house was ideal for a child liv­ing away from the coast. Right in front of the guest house was the sea with a nar­row sandy bathing strip. In those days there was a lot of in­ter­na­tional ship­ping on the Firth of Clyde so from the win­dows of the Craig Dhu you could spot large cargo ships in light trop­i­cal colours mak­ing their way to and from Glas­gow.

Some­times a large naval ship would pass in the dis­tance and about 15 min­utes later the wash would come crash­ing on to the beach as it swept be­tween Clauch­lands Point and the Holy Isle and into the bay. Happy days. Yours,

Ian A Brown, Blair­gowrie.

Ian Brown on his mum’s bike at Craig Dhu in 1954.

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