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dc.creatorTania Gardner
dc.date2013-05-15
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-12T12:48:15Z
dc.date.available2020-10-12T12:48:15Z
dc.identifierDG13/5/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/52101
dc.descriptionBiographical interview with Billy McKeand (born 1943) who has lived his whole life in Kirkcudbright. Billy talks a little about his early childhood. For a few years, he spent his summer holidays with an uncle who lived in London. He would be put on the Paddy, the train from Castle Douglas, at midnight which arrived at King's Cross St Pancreas at 6am. Most of the interview is concerned with life around the family home on St Mary's Street and his father's coal and haulage business. As a child, Billy could remember the sound of the horses going down the street as the farmer's arrived to drop off their milk at the creamery. Billy's favourite shop was the bike repair and toy shop run from a wooden shed by Jimmy Reilly. He also speaks about many other shops and businesses in the town. He recalls that he spent a lot of time watching people working, for example, at the smiddy. Billy joined his father in the family business and was there from aged 15 until he retired, due to ill health, 42 years later. He loved his work and enjoyed being around lorries and being out in the countryside. He describes in detail aspects of day to day working life in the family business and more generally around Kirkcudbright, such as remembering that the lorry drivers would often pick up a lad for a 'run in the lorry'. The boys loved this, but it also meant that the driver could get the child to jump down and open and close the gates on the way to make their deliveries. Many businesses, e.g. the bakery, the farms which made cheese or the army camp outside Kirkcudbright, required large amounts of coal. At the army camp, Billy recalled that the men would whitewash the coal when a delivery had been unloaded: this was so that they could identify if coal was stolen from the stack as there would be a visible black hole. Billy's grandmother and mother both died young, from Tuberculosis and Billy remembered how he wasn't able to visit his mother in the sanatorium because he was under 16. One Christmas, his mother was allowed out for a visit and the family had their meal at the Royal Hotel: this was something that would never normally happen. Billy remembered that people mostly did their shopping locally. The exception might be a Saturday afternoon trip to Dumfries to buy a suit. Delivery boys in the town would often be children from the Academy and Billy remarks that the bikes were all made specifically for the type of business, i.e. the baker's bike would be very different in style to the one used by the ironmonger. About apprenticeships, Billy said that a boy would be bought a boiler suit that was two sizes too big for him, which he would then grow into. The boiler suit was a sign that the boy had become a man and was now embarked on his working life. Billy also speaks about entertainments in the town, including visits to the cinema, early trips into the pub and holidays - including the Campbell's Mystery tours.
dc.format.extent1h4m32s
dc.subjectAudio recordings
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectSocial organisation
dc.subjectTuberculosis
dc.subjectArmy
dc.subjectEthnology
dc.subjectOral history
dc.subjectKirkcudbright
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectLifecycle
dc.subjectShops and businesses
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectTransport
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectFieldwork
dc.subjectTravel and transport
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subjectDomestic life
dc.subjectMaterial culture
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectShops
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectChildhood
dc.subjectCoal
dc.subjectBusiness
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectMovement
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectArts and crafts
dc.subjectHolidays
dc.subjectCustom and belief
dc.subjectTales and anecdotes
dc.subjectSocial history
dc.titleDG13-5 Interviews of Billy McKeand DIP
dc.typeTranscription
dc.typePhotograph
dc.typeAudio


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