Sunday, 30 April 2017

Arran 1: The Arrival

On a grey, cold and rainy spring day I took the ferry from Ardrossan to Arran.

The isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, is thought of as "Scotland in miniature": a small place, but replicating the general geography of Scotland at a smaller scale.

Ardrossan was run down. There was no foot way from the station to the ferry terminal. The ferry was slow. In the fog, Ardrossan slowly vanished and there was a brief point where Ardrossan couldn't be seen and Arran hadn't yet appeared. Arran appeared, and the ferry pulled into Brodick.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

WWI at Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle is hosting a World War I event this weekend, with displays of uniforms and equipment used by British soldiers, as well as medical tents.

The group of en-enactors said their aim was to educate people about the conditions during the first world war.

One of the re-enactors, Daniel Webster, said he became interested in joining the group after writing a dissertation on the diary of a British Lewis gunner, Richard Ormerod, who was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme. The last entry in the diary simply stated that he was heading into danger. Daniel Webster (and some of the other re-enactors) enjoyed a quick complimentary tour around the Green Howards Museum, dressed in their uniforms.

In the medical tents assisting visitors were Maj. Linda and Maj. Allan, both actual members of the medical corps – the couple met while on a tour in Iraq. Despite being the same rank, Maj. Linda said she was the ranking officer, as a result of being the woman!

The displays continue on Sunday and Monday. See the website for details.