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Wick Voices

New Year Memories

Born: 2019

Duration: 3m 46s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 3Mb

Recorded: 2 January 2019


About this recording

Enjoy listening to a collection of New Year memories.

Contributors include Harry Gray, reading an extract from Sutherland Clyne’s stories, where he talks about the New Year bonfire and first footing. Sutherland Clyne was born in Lybster on November 27th 1906 but moved to Wick and spent the early years of his life in Huddart Street, Pulteneytown, before moving to Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1996, he contributed a series of six articles to the John O'Groat Journal based on his childhood reminiscences. 

Hamish Pottinger recalls New Year at Greenland Mains, where he and his brother visited neighbours, eating ‘black bun’ and sharing a bottle of ginger wine before tucking into a New Year dinner.

Isobel Sutherland talks about the warmth and friendship shown by neighbours in Thrumster. She recalls how the front door was opened to let in the New Year and the back door was opened to let out the Old Year.

Gloria Werfel recalls the importance of visiting family when first footing in Wick.


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