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Alec Paterson

It was ‘just like a bull in a china shop’

Born: 1943

Duration: 2190 seconds

Type: Audio

Filesize: 33Mb

Recorded: 29 May 2018

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Alec Paterson talks about growing up in Wick, his first job as a message boy for Boots the chemist, his work as a painter and sign-writer, which involved working in Africa for some time. Alec’s description of his working life is peppered with amusing stories, such as the day a cow smashed the window of a shop in Bridge Street, or the practical joke which led to the Police investigating a potential art theft.
Alec is an accomplished artist and he mentions the controversy surrounding one of his award-winning paintings.
He also describes his involvement in the Territorial Army over many years.




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