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TITLE
Black Isle Heritage Memories - Mhairi Beaton (6 of 7)
EXTERNAL ID
ARCH_MHAIRI_BEATON_01_06
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF RECORDING
2010
PERIOD
2010s
CREATOR
Mhairi Beaton
SOURCE
ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)
ASSET ID
41113
KEYWORDS
audios
built environment
villages
dwellings
houses

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In this audio extract North Kessock resident, Mhairi Beaton, talks about the local village hall, summer galas, and entertainment at Redcastle during World War II.

The audio recording was carried out as part of the Black Isle Heritage Memories Project, undertaken in 2009/2010 by ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands). To find out more about the project, follow the link towards the foot of the page.

Transcription: (Interviewer: Cait McCullagh)

CM: And, of course, you had a village hall?

MB: Yes.

CM: Can you tell me a bit about ...?

MB: It was just, it was more or less a wooden hut and it was the, Mrs Grant of Coulmore who had it built for the Scouts. And then it was just kept as the Village Hall and anything that was happening happened in - they'd a Rifle Club, it was in the hall - and anything else that going on was in that. Quite a nice little hall but it was getting a bit far through.

CM: When was the new hall built Mhairi?

MB: That's what I can't remember. It must be, must be over thirty years now. Oh it must be more than thirty years. I can't just remember exactly when it was, but there was a lot of hard work went into that, raising funds for that. They used to have a gala every summer, went on from Monday to Saturday night. Every day, morning, afternoon and night there was something happening.

CM: How, what sort of things did people do in the gala?

MB: Well, there'd be, eh, barbecues, sports, there'd be afternoon entertainment, there'd be afternoon teas, just general things like that. And every night, there was more or less a barbecue, dances. They hired a big marquee for the functions, while the hall was being built. And just everybody was roped in and did their bit and - A lot of hard work but an awful lot of fun.

CM: And it's reminding me now, when you're talking about this, one of the things that you, you have told me in the past about, going right back again to the war, and Redcastle, when the RAF were there?

MB: Oh yes, and they ran dances and whist drives, and every so often they would have a Gang Show and we cycled, oh everybody went there, and eh, it was really nice.

CM: And this was in, in ...

MB: ... in Redcastle ...

CM: Mmm-hmm.

MB: ... in the castle. But now it's, the castle's just gone to rack and ruin, it's a shame. But there it is, but no, some lovely nights at Redcastle.

CM: And where is it that, that you would gather in Redcastle? Which, which rooms? Do you remember?

MB: Oh I don't know what rooms it would be, but it was, I know, it was inside the castle. Well, they had the whole of the castle. Aw, I remember is, it was a big, big room.

CM: Maybe like a ballroom, or ...?

MB: Probably, could've been, yes. Oh, they put on great shows.

CM: And so you would remember the Redcastle then before, it's now in a very ruinous state, as you say.

MB: Oh yes, yes.

CM: Do you remember that happening. Do you remember the period over which it fell away?

MB: Well, before the RAF were - well it was taken over, I suppose, for the billeting for the RAF, the Baillies of Dochfour had it, it belonged to them. It still does I think, for what it's worth now, and they used to, Baroness Burton used to stay there quite a lot. But I didn't know much about that end of the place at all.

CM: Twas a long way away [laughs]

MB: Was a long way away.

CM: Redcastle to North Kessock.

MB: Yes, uh-huh.

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Black Isle Heritage Memories - Mhairi Beaton (6 of 7)

ROSS

2010s

audios; built environment; villages; dwellings; houses;

ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)

ARCH: Black Isle Heritage Memories

In this audio extract North Kessock resident, Mhairi Beaton, talks about the local village hall, summer galas, and entertainment at Redcastle during World War II.<br /> <br /> The audio recording was carried out as part of the Black Isle Heritage Memories Project, undertaken in 2009/2010 by ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands). To find out more about the project, follow the link towards the foot of the page.<br /> <br /> Transcription: (Interviewer: Cait McCullagh)<br /> <br /> CM: And, of course, you had a village hall?<br /> <br /> MB: Yes.<br /> <br /> CM: Can you tell me a bit about ...?<br /> <br /> MB: It was just, it was more or less a wooden hut and it was the, Mrs Grant of Coulmore who had it built for the Scouts. And then it was just kept as the Village Hall and anything that was happening happened in - they'd a Rifle Club, it was in the hall - and anything else that going on was in that. Quite a nice little hall but it was getting a bit far through.<br /> <br /> CM: When was the new hall built Mhairi?<br /> <br /> MB: That's what I can't remember. It must be, must be over thirty years now. Oh it must be more than thirty years. I can't just remember exactly when it was, but there was a lot of hard work went into that, raising funds for that. They used to have a gala every summer, went on from Monday to Saturday night. Every day, morning, afternoon and night there was something happening.<br /> <br /> CM: How, what sort of things did people do in the gala?<br /> <br /> MB: Well, there'd be, eh, barbecues, sports, there'd be afternoon entertainment, there'd be afternoon teas, just general things like that. And every night, there was more or less a barbecue, dances. They hired a big marquee for the functions, while the hall was being built. And just everybody was roped in and did their bit and - A lot of hard work but an awful lot of fun.<br /> <br /> CM: And it's reminding me now, when you're talking about this, one of the things that you, you have told me in the past about, going right back again to the war, and Redcastle, when the RAF were there?<br /> <br /> MB: Oh yes, and they ran dances and whist drives, and every so often they would have a Gang Show and we cycled, oh everybody went there, and eh, it was really nice.<br /> <br /> CM: And this was in, in ...<br /> <br /> MB: ... in Redcastle ...<br /> <br /> CM: Mmm-hmm. <br /> <br /> MB: ... in the castle. But now it's, the castle's just gone to rack and ruin, it's a shame. But there it is, but no, some lovely nights at Redcastle.<br /> <br /> CM: And where is it that, that you would gather in Redcastle? Which, which rooms? Do you remember?<br /> <br /> MB: Oh I don't know what rooms it would be, but it was, I know, it was inside the castle. Well, they had the whole of the castle. Aw, I remember is, it was a big, big room.<br /> <br /> CM: Maybe like a ballroom, or ...?<br /> <br /> MB: Probably, could've been, yes. Oh, they put on great shows.<br /> <br /> CM: And so you would remember the Redcastle then before, it's now in a very ruinous state, as you say.<br /> <br /> MB: Oh yes, yes.<br /> <br /> CM: Do you remember that happening. Do you remember the period over which it fell away?<br /> <br /> MB: Well, before the RAF were - well it was taken over, I suppose, for the billeting for the RAF, the Baillies of Dochfour had it, it belonged to them. It still does I think, for what it's worth now, and they used to, Baroness Burton used to stay there quite a lot. But I didn't know much about that end of the place at all.<br /> <br /> CM: Twas a long way away [laughs]<br /> <br /> MB: Was a long way away.<br /> <br /> CM: Redcastle to North Kessock.<br /> <br /> MB: Yes, uh-huh.