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TITLE
Serving the troops at Helmsdale Station
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_HELMSDALE_04
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2004
KEYWORDS
Second World War
radar stations
canteens
rationing
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. The government laid on special trains for navy men going up to the home fleet at Scapa Flow. At Helmsdale Station, the local women set up a canteen service for the troops. In this audio extract, one of the ladies involved recalls serving the troops.

'And we had our tea in the waiting room, before we got this trolley. And we'd all get underway. We all got a cup a tea, a bun, a cigarette - that was your rations. And on Friday we got a cake o chocolate. And I used to give my cake o chocolate to get the cigarettes for my boys. First we did one train, and then we'd go over the bridge to the other train, we had no trolley at that time. And we were a very happy crowd, I must say'

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Serving the troops at Helmsdale Station

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1980s

Second World War; radar stations; canteens; rationing; 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. The government laid on special trains for navy men going up to the home fleet at Scapa Flow. At Helmsdale Station, the local women set up a canteen service for the troops. In this audio extract, one of the ladies involved recalls serving the troops. <br /> <br /> 'And we had our tea in the waiting room, before we got this trolley. And we'd all get underway. We all got a cup a tea, a bun, a cigarette - that was your rations. And on Friday we got a cake o chocolate. And I used to give my cake o chocolate to get the cigarettes for my boys. First we did one train, and then we'd go over the bridge to the other train, we had no trolley at that time. And we were a very happy crowd, I must say'