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TITLE
Rationing at Helmsdale
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HELMSDALE_03
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2003
KEYWORDS
Second World War
radar stations
rations
audio

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Helmsdale is a village on the east coast of Sutherland. During World War II the R.A.F. built a radar station at Crakaig, in the parish of Loth, a few miles southwest of Helmsdale. There was another radar station at Navidale, about one mile northeast of Helmsdale. In this audio extract a Sutherland resident remembers how rationing affected the local population.

'You see, you only got two ounces of margarine, two ounces of butter, two ounces of bacon, two ounces of sugar and two ounces of tea. And then quite a lot o them was rationed on the potatoes and them that had potatoes, with the like o us that stayed up in the country, we didn't get rationed on potatoes. We had potatoes. The same wi eggs. Everything that was all rationed really. And then the butcher meat, och you wouldna get it at all to make soup, you know?'

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Rationing at Helmsdale

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1980s

Second World War; radar stations; rations; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Helmsdale Memories

Helmsdale is a village on the east coast of Sutherland. During World War II the R.A.F. built a radar station at Crakaig, in the parish of Loth, a few miles southwest of Helmsdale. There was another radar station at Navidale, about one mile northeast of Helmsdale. In this audio extract a Sutherland resident remembers how rationing affected the local population.<br /> <br /> 'You see, you only got two ounces of margarine, two ounces of butter, two ounces of bacon, two ounces of sugar and two ounces of tea. And then quite a lot o them was rationed on the potatoes and them that had potatoes, with the like o us that stayed up in the country, we didn't get rationed on potatoes. We had potatoes. The same wi eggs. Everything that was all rationed really. And then the butcher meat, och you wouldna get it at all to make soup, you know?'