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Alex Smith

“At Dunnet Head I was lifted off my feet”

Born: 1941

Duration: 22m 24s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 21Mb

Recorded: 22 October 2019

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About this recording

Retired light-keeper, Alex Smith looks back on his 28 years with the Northern Lighthouse Board, until automation in 1998 when he was one of the last light keepers at Cape Wrath.

In this interview, he explains how important it was to keep the light and fog signal in perfect working order. He talks about living at Duncansby Head, relying on visits from the butcher and baker vans and the weekly shopping trips to Wick.

Alex describes the occasion at Dunnet Head when the wind was so powerful that, “I was lifted off my feet and I was running in mid-air”.

He recalls another stormy night at Cape Wrath when he was also swept off his feet.




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