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TITLE
John Urquhart (The Bogan) - Life in the ATC
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_JOHNNYBOGAN_04
PLACENAME
Muir of Ord
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Urray
DATE OF RECORDING
2000
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Johnny Bogan (a.k.a. John Urquhart)
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1746
KEYWORDS
comics
comedians
variety
show business
audio

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The comedian John Urquhart, from Muir of Ord, entertained audiences throughout the Highlands and Islands for over fifty years, since his debut in 1952. He was better known as 'Johnny Bogan' or simply, 'The Bogan'. He died in November 2006. In this Moray Firth Radio audio extract from 2000 Johnny talks about his life in the ATC [Air Training Corps].

Interviewer: You didn't have to do national service?

No, no. Ah wis excused because Ah wis agricultural, with it being in the smiddy. But Ah wis in the ATC.

Interviewer: Were ye?

Aye.

Interviewer: Where wis that?

In the village, aye. That wis interesting. We'd a few interesting experiences o that. Got ma first flying from the ATC, from Dalcross in Inverness, believe it or not, where the industrial site is the day. We flew on a - oh, Ah don't know what kind of thing it wis but it wis a terrible machine anyway but that wis our first flight. Sat on our parachutes, no seat; canvas seat that wis in it, an ye sat on the parachute. We didn't know how to work the parachute but never mind. Took us across to the Black Isle and right over Invergordon, round that way, and it rattled away at its own good speed. And the young guy that wis in front he had to caw up the undercarriage with a handle an when it locked in, it locked. An then he, he could sit there an enjoy the view like the rest of us but, he had to caw it back doon again, an that started quite a long way from - Ah can always remember that first flight. One of the things Ah can remember of it is that Clach were playing Peterhead in the Clach Park an it wis amazing to see the - Ah can't remember the year but it could be checked, the year, because at that time there wis a yacht stuck in the firth; it wis stranded in the firth, an the boy decided he would take us for a - down, right over the top for a - never saw it yet! [Laughter]. It's like the time they took us to Invergordon for - They put us on a submarine to show us what like a submarine was. Didn't like that an then he gave us radar training on a destroyer an took us out to sea to find a submarine, by the radar, with the radar. We never found the submarine. In fact, we were all pretty seasick to tell ye the truth.

Interviewer: Jist as well ye didn't go into the forces then, Ah think.

An then we had to go to camp, of course, to different camps. Ye didn't have to go, but ye could go so, we were down in Edinburgh. That wis interesting

Interviewer: Yea

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John Urquhart (The Bogan) - Life in the ATC

ROSS: Urray

2000s

comics; comedians; variety; show business; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Johnny Bogan

The comedian John Urquhart, from Muir of Ord, entertained audiences throughout the Highlands and Islands for over fifty years, since his debut in 1952. He was better known as 'Johnny Bogan' or simply, 'The Bogan'. He died in November 2006. In this Moray Firth Radio audio extract from 2000 Johnny talks about his life in the ATC [Air Training Corps].<br /> <br /> Interviewer: You didn't have to do national service?<br /> <br /> No, no. Ah wis excused because Ah wis agricultural, with it being in the smiddy. But Ah wis in the ATC.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Were ye?<br /> <br /> Aye.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Where wis that?<br /> <br /> In the village, aye. That wis interesting. We'd a few interesting experiences o that. Got ma first flying from the ATC, from Dalcross in Inverness, believe it or not, where the industrial site is the day. We flew on a - oh, Ah don't know what kind of thing it wis but it wis a terrible machine anyway but that wis our first flight. Sat on our parachutes, no seat; canvas seat that wis in it, an ye sat on the parachute. We didn't know how to work the parachute but never mind. Took us across to the Black Isle and right over Invergordon, round that way, and it rattled away at its own good speed. And the young guy that wis in front he had to caw up the undercarriage with a handle an when it locked in, it locked. An then he, he could sit there an enjoy the view like the rest of us but, he had to caw it back doon again, an that started quite a long way from - Ah can always remember that first flight. One of the things Ah can remember of it is that Clach were playing Peterhead in the Clach Park an it wis amazing to see the - Ah can't remember the year but it could be checked, the year, because at that time there wis a yacht stuck in the firth; it wis stranded in the firth, an the boy decided he would take us for a - down, right over the top for a - never saw it yet! [Laughter]. It's like the time they took us to Invergordon for - They put us on a submarine to show us what like a submarine was. Didn't like that an then he gave us radar training on a destroyer an took us out to sea to find a submarine, by the radar, with the radar. We never found the submarine. In fact, we were all pretty seasick to tell ye the truth.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Jist as well ye didn't go into the forces then, Ah think.<br /> <br /> An then we had to go to camp, of course, to different camps. Ye didn't have to go, but ye could go so, we were down in Edinburgh. That wis interesting<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yea