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TITLE
Memories of the filming of 'Before the Raid' (4 of 7)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_ROSEMARY_MACKAY_04
PLACENAME
Portmahomack
DISTRICT
Fearn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Tarbat
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Rosemary Mackay
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
40995
KEYWORDS
films
Second World War
World War Two
directors
wars
audios

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In this audio extract Rosemary Mackay talks about her sister Sheila who had her picture taken with two cast members of ''Before the Raid', a British propaganda film made in Portmahomack in 1942 (released in 1943). At the time Sheila was a wireless operator with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at Tain firing range. You can view the film by clicking on the link towards the foot of this page.

The film was directed by Jiri Weiss, a Jewish native of Prague, who was forced to leave Czechoslovakia in 1938, at the time of the German occupation. Portmahomack was chosen because it resembled a typical Norwegian fishing village where the action was supposed to have taken place. The local residents were sworn to secrecy about the shooting and this image was taken and developed surreptitiously.

'An ma sister had borrowed ma mother's camera an, well, she didn't know. Oh, she wouldn't have handed the camera over had she known that Sheila was going to be filimg down there, cos that was against security.

She couldn't put the film to get it developed in the chemists in Tain as she normally would, because this would have come up. But, when anybody came in - there was a lot o servicemen visited us - we would say, 'D'ye want to see Sheila wi a German?' An they would say, 'Yes!' an Mum would come an give us a poke to shut us up cos she knew we couldn't show - we showed the photograph an nobody clyped on us - but Sheila took it to - she was at Tain Ranges, serving at Tain Ranges - but Evanton was there home base, not Tain Drome - it was WRAF too, of course, but they were in the centre, they were the older part, where the bombing ranges are now - an she got them to develop the photograph in - well, where they developed reconnaissance films an that sort o thing. So she got it done on the QT, or she would have been on a charge - Everybody would have been in the soup!'

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Memories of the filming of 'Before the Raid' (4 of 7)

ROSS: Tarbat

2000s

films; Second World War; World War Two; directors; wars; audios

Am Baile

Am Baile: Portmahomack During the War

In this audio extract Rosemary Mackay talks about her sister Sheila who had her picture taken with two cast members of ''Before the Raid', a British propaganda film made in Portmahomack in 1942 (released in 1943). At the time Sheila was a wireless operator with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at Tain firing range. You can view the film by clicking on the link towards the foot of this page.<br /> <br /> The film was directed by Jiri Weiss, a Jewish native of Prague, who was forced to leave Czechoslovakia in 1938, at the time of the German occupation. Portmahomack was chosen because it resembled a typical Norwegian fishing village where the action was supposed to have taken place. The local residents were sworn to secrecy about the shooting and this image was taken and developed surreptitiously.<br /> <br /> 'An ma sister had borrowed ma mother's camera an, well, she didn't know. Oh, she wouldn't have handed the camera over had she known that Sheila was going to be filimg down there, cos that was against security.<br /> <br /> She couldn't put the film to get it developed in the chemists in Tain as she normally would, because this would have come up. But, when anybody came in - there was a lot o servicemen visited us - we would say, 'D'ye want to see Sheila wi a German?' An they would say, 'Yes!' an Mum would come an give us a poke to shut us up cos she knew we couldn't show - we showed the photograph an nobody clyped on us - but Sheila took it to - she was at Tain Ranges, serving at Tain Ranges - but Evanton was there home base, not Tain Drome - it was WRAF too, of course, but they were in the centre, they were the older part, where the bombing ranges are now - an she got them to develop the photograph in - well, where they developed reconnaissance films an that sort o thing. So she got it done on the QT, or she would have been on a charge - Everybody would have been in the soup!'