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Eva Swanson

'You still need a human touch to feed a pet lamb’

Born: 1939

Duration: 15m 15s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 14Mb

Recorded: 8 May 2019

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As one of only thirteen pupils attending Lanergill School, Eva Swanson recalls the wonderful family atmosphere. This was in contrast to when her grandfather attended the same school when the roll was approximately 100 pupils.

As a member of both the Young Farmers’ Club and Watten WRI, Eva talks about her enjoyment of an extensive range of activities in both organisations.
She also refers to information found in her mother’s papers regarding the important history of the first Young Farmers’ Club in Scotland, set up in 1923 in Lanergill School.

After attending Wick High School Eva trained as a teacher, studying at the School of Domestic Science (Dough School) in King Street, Aberdeen. She recalls how the North students met in Union Street, outside Boots, on a Saturday morning.
“One bought a ‘Groat’ and we proceeded across the road to the Victoria Restaurant for a coffee and a cake.”

Eva thoroughly enjoyed her teaching career at both Thurso and Wick High Schools when she recalls,
“Over the years, I have had the privilege of teaching some very talented girls who were an absolute treat in the classroom.”

After the arrival of her family, Eva became a full-time farmer’s wife and she describes both the work and leisure activities associated with that role. Despite the development of farm machinery over the years she explains that, “You still need a human touch to feed a pet lamb.”




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