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TITLE
Interview with Duncan MacInnes about the black-out
EXTERNAL ID
WD_HF08_TRACK08_MACINNES
PLACENAME
Eriskay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Croy and Dalcross
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Duncan MacInnes
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3261
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
black-outs
audio

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Duncan MacInnes tells a funny story of the black-out in Eriskay during World War 2.

The black-out was bad. You know, that you had to have, everything had to be extinguished after seven o'clock at night at least. There was no lights to be on. The cailleachs and the bodachs in the houses, they were terrible. You couldn't even light a candle in the house. You were having black eyes everywhere, falling all over the place. But this fella, he used to take a good dram and he was - a big moon on at the time, and he was coming up the road and he saw this light in the window. 'Oh my God,' he says. 'Germans'll be over tonight.' And he made for the house and he started hammering at the door and the poor woman came out. She says, 'What's wrong, Calum?' 'Hey!' he says, 'you've got a big light on in the window there.' 'Where? I haven't got a light on at all. You come and have a look at it.' It was the reflection of the moon on the curtain on the window. She says, 'Go and put a bloody curtain on the moon!' she says. [Laughter]

This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochleven Primary School.

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Interview with Duncan MacInnes about the black-out

INVERNESS: Croy and Dalcross

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; black-outs; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Duncan MacInnes tells a funny story of the black-out in Eriskay during World War 2.<br /> <br /> The black-out was bad. You know, that you had to have, everything had to be extinguished after seven o'clock at night at least. There was no lights to be on. The cailleachs and the bodachs in the houses, they were terrible. You couldn't even light a candle in the house. You were having black eyes everywhere, falling all over the place. But this fella, he used to take a good dram and he was - a big moon on at the time, and he was coming up the road and he saw this light in the window. 'Oh my God,' he says. 'Germans'll be over tonight.' And he made for the house and he started hammering at the door and the poor woman came out. She says, 'What's wrong, Calum?' 'Hey!' he says, 'you've got a big light on in the window there.' 'Where? I haven't got a light on at all. You come and have a look at it.' It was the reflection of the moon on the curtain on the window. She says, 'Go and put a bloody curtain on the moon!' she says. [Laughter] <br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochleven Primary School.