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Nan Budge

‘We had to do all the schedules by typewriter’

Born: 1938

Duration: 14m 28s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 19Mb

Recorded: 30 April 2019

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The County Show is the biggest annual occasion for the Caithness farming community, and Nan Budge served as secretary for 30 years – responsible for a multitude of administrative tasks and, as she says, “smoothing things over” when called upon. She went on to become the first lady president of Caithness Agricultural Society.
In this interview Nan talks about growing up in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, before moving north to work as Highland area organiser for Young Farmers’ clubs. She has a clear recollection of her first visit to Caithness: “I was going Bower club that night and I couldn’t find Bower anywhere!”
She met and married Dan Budge and 50 years on the couple continue to live at Achalone Farm, near Halkirk. At one stage Nan held office-bearer roles in six different organisations, as well as looking after a growing family.
She looks back on some of the highs and lows of her time as show secretary – from Princess Anne’s visit to the time the catalogues were lost in transit between Inverness and Caithness. On another occasion a gale blew down the marquees the night before the show.
Nan explains how she would be busy with County Show tasks from August through to July, without the benefit of new technology.
In 2000 Nan received the MBE for services to agriculture.




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