John, Viscount Thurso“We were brought up on stories of how wonderful Wick was””
Duration: 46m 4s
Recorded: 2 August 2019
About this recording
In this interview, John, Viscount Thurso recalls fond memories of Wick, including visits to Norwood House, where his mother grew up. He talks of memorable Saturday afternoons, playing in the garden of Norwood House, and watching The Lone Ranger on his grandfather’s television. Further trips to Wick included swimming in the Trinkie and moulding molten glass at the Caithness Glass Factory at Harrow Hill. He explains that his father was instrumental in establishing Caithness Glass in Wick, providing employment for many.
He recalls his mother’s stories of the bustling town of Wick, as well as her recollections of the town during the war years. He also talks about the time she spent at Wick High School and the feeder primary schools teaching gym and dance.
Lord Thurso discusses his work as a hotelier as well as his political career as a hereditary peer and as an elected politician.
Picture courtesy of David G Scott