When I'm rummaging in charity shops I'm always on the
lookout for items that are either made locally or are about this part of
Scotland. So I was absolutely delighted
at the weekend to come across this book.
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
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