Spe­cial greet­ings from some of our con­trib­u­tors

The People's Friend - - This Week -

You’d think af­ter about a quar­ter of a cen­tury you’d run out of ideas for things to write about. Far from it – my to-do list never gets any shorter. I’m just start­ing on my 1,034th ar­ti­cle, and look­ing back, I can hon­estly say I’ve en­joyed do­ing ev­ery single one of them.

From be­ing sent to do a week’s paint­ing course in Fife, through to learn­ing to make pies (and straw­berry tarts) at Mur­ray’s Bak­ery in Perth, it’s true enough what they say: va­ri­ety is the spice of life.

Mar­garet Mccoy was the edi­tor when I first started, and I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber our first meet­ing in Dundee when she asked if I would put pen to pa­per. One thing about writ­ing these ar­ti­cles: it makes you do re­search and find out about places. No mat­ter how re­mote they may be, you soon dis­cover every­where has its sto­ries to tell.

An­other re­ally nice thing about work­ing with the “Friend” is the feed­back from folk all over the world who have their own happy mem­o­ries of the places I’ve been.

Writ­ing for “The Peo­ple’s Friend” has given a real pur­pose to my trav­els, and with­out my link to it, I would never have been to half of these places.

Wil­lie Shand.

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