Heritage society to host WWI-themed event

Kirk Street in Peterhead around the time of WWI.
Kirk Street in Peterhead around the time of WWI.

Buchanhaven Heritage Society is in the final stages of preparation for their latest event this time linked to events during WWI.

The event will take place on August 2 between 12pm and 4pm at Buchanhaven Community Centre, where a range of old photographs will be on display, not only of service personnel, but local street scenes from the era.

In addition to that, various artefacts will be on display and an unseen journal from a Boy Scout who kept a log during that period shows some interesting events in the town.

One such event describes the crew of a German U Boat who had been captured being marched up through the streets from the harbour to the Drill Hall in Kirk Street, while being pelted with rotten fruit by residents of the town.

Many more such events are described in the journal and will be sure to be a talking point at the event.

As ever, the society team will provide tea/coffee and a range of homebakes for friends old and new to enjoy while discussing all that is on show at the event.

It’s not too late to help with the event.

If you have either old photos or artefacts from the 1914-18 period the team would love to hear from you and can be contacted via the Buchan Observer office.

Society vice-chair, Elizabeth Milne, said “ We are so excited to be hosting such an event and more so during this commemorative year.

“We hosted a similar event in 2013 and this drew large crowds and we hope this one will see similar interest.

“In addition to the uniformed links it is nice to see some of the streets of the town as they looked back then and we hope visitors will feel the same,” she added.