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Willie Davidson

‘It shattered your eardrums when the mine went off’

Born: 1934

Duration: 1170 seconds

Type: Audio

Filesize: 18Mb

Recorded: 22 October 2017

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About this recording

Willie Davidson is a retired motor mechanic and lorry driver. In this interview he talks about growing up in Wick in the 1930s and ’40s, when the disruption of the war years meant children were educated in various makeshift schools. He also recalls a mine exploding in the bay. Willie talks about some of the Pulteneytown shops as well as the origin of the name “Ducksie” for Grant Street, and describes how he fished for cuddings and peltags at the harbour. He witnessed hardship in Libya when he did his national service in the North African country. In the late 1990s Willie’s lorry was blown over in a gale at Berriedale… thankfully he had just pulled over to the side of the road and climbed down from the cab before it toppled onto its side.




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