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Alastair and Margaret MacDonald

Reflecting on life at Upper Dounreay

Born: 1934

Duration: 10m 53s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 7.0 Mb

Recorded: 24 August 2020

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Alastair and Margaret MacDonald were born and brought up at Upper Dounreay and they reflect upon life in that area, particularly focussing on the building of the airfield in the early 1940s. Alastair describes the associated camp which housed the workmen. He explains that some of the construction workers came from Poland and he recalls the memorable occasion when three Polish workers joined the Reay football team, playing against Castletown.

Margaret talks about the frequent disappearance of her fathers hens.

Alastair explains how the camp lay vacant for some years until it housed the construction workers, employed to build the Dounreay Nuclear Power Station.

Alastair and Margaret continue to live in the area and have fond memories of growing up there.


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