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TITLE
How news reached the Caithness crofter
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_12
PLACENAME
Canisbay
DISTRICT
Northern Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Canisbay
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
2766
KEYWORDS
crofting
crofters
crofter
croft
crofts
newspapers
papers
paper
post
postman
mail
letters
lanterns
paraffin lamps
audio

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In this audio extract a Canisbay crofter remembers getting mail and going to the shop for the 'John o'Groat Journal' - the main local newspaper in Caithness - colloquially known as the 'Groat'. For many people it was the only newspaper they could afford to buy and read regularly, in the days before radio and cheap, mass-circulation papers.

'Ye went to the shop for your paper on a Seturday night - we got the 'Groat', that's all we did get, Ah think, the 'Groat', aye, the 'Groat'. An ye went for at, ye set off for at walkin or if it wis too dark ye took a lantern, took the auld, square lantern, light her up - that's a paraffin lamp, puttin in a glass container thing, an ye set off wi at, swinging away, quite happy. Maybe at wis aboot eight o'clock. The shops hid no, roond here, they'd no much, Ah mean, they'd close or, maybe eight o'clock at night. The postman he came roond with mails next - Ye see, when the mails came in, the postman, he came roond next mornin; he never bothered comin roond at night wi mails. An he set off next mornin on his bike an when he came aboot the house he didnae bother comin doon or ram at the door, he blew a whistle, an if there were any bairns aboot hand they ran and got them'

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How news reached the Caithness crofter

CAITHNESS: Canisbay

1980s

crofting; crofters; crofter; croft; crofts; newspapers; papers; paper; post; postman; mail; letters; lanterns; paraffin lamps; audio

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Crofting & Farming

In this audio extract a Canisbay crofter remembers getting mail and going to the shop for the 'John o'Groat Journal' - the main local newspaper in Caithness - colloquially known as the 'Groat'. For many people it was the only newspaper they could afford to buy and read regularly, in the days before radio and cheap, mass-circulation papers.<br /> <br /> 'Ye went to the shop for your paper on a Seturday night - we got the 'Groat', that's all we did get, Ah think, the 'Groat', aye, the 'Groat'. An ye went for at, ye set off for at walkin or if it wis too dark ye took a lantern, took the auld, square lantern, light her up - that's a paraffin lamp, puttin in a glass container thing, an ye set off wi at, swinging away, quite happy. Maybe at wis aboot eight o'clock. The shops hid no, roond here, they'd no much, Ah mean, they'd close or, maybe eight o'clock at night. The postman he came roond with mails next - Ye see, when the mails came in, the postman, he came roond next mornin; he never bothered comin roond at night wi mails. An he set off next mornin on his bike an when he came aboot the house he didnae bother comin doon or ram at the door, he blew a whistle, an if there were any bairns aboot hand they ran and got them'