Duration: 22m 23s
Filesize: 20.5 Mb
Recorded: 22 October 2019
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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