Its called "This Heatherland" a book of verse by John Gillespie (local architect)and printed by the Greenock Telegraph, our local newspaper. After a bit of
using google, I discovered that it dated from 1940/41 and the proceeds from
sales went to Greenock's Spitfire Fund!
How amazing is that.
Seemingly during the war companies and individuals were encouraged to contribute towards local Spitfire Funds - raising money to buy more Spitfire aeroplanes for the war effort and the planes would be named after them.
Greenock managed to raise £7000 and a Spitfire was to be named after the town, but I couldn't find out if this actually happened. A bit more research to do!
I'm so pleased that I found a local item, but also learned a few interesting facts about local history. Have you ever found anything interesting from your home town?
By the way, the poetry in the book is all about Greenock, shipbuilding, the Clyde, Robert Burns, etc and is, shall we say, to put it gently ... of its time!
Why do charity shops keep putting sticky labels on things ... argh!!!!!!!
I know I'm late again, but I'm joining Lakota's Ta Da! Tuesday over at Faith Hope & Charity Shopping.