Praise for society’s war-time display


Buchanhaven Heritage Society is celebrating after its recent event where their theme was ‘Buchanhaven and surrounding area through the Wars’.

More than 400 visited the old Buchanhaven School to see the exhibition and the society was delighted at the turnout and the wide age groups that visited the centre.

Members were also delighted with the feedback from the many vistors and it was clear a similar event would need to be delivered in the near future due to the comments made.

On display throughout the weekend was a wide range of photographs of local folk in the services; views of destruction following bombing raids; a range of original WWI and WWII uniform items kindly donated from the Gordon Highlander’s Museum for the young (and not so young) visitors to try on; a large scale model of the famous Spitfire kindly provided by the Royal Air Force Association; and many more personal items with war-related connections.

The society was overwhelmed at the items provided for the display and the feedback from those who arrived to view what was on display and also appreciated the volume of items handed in over the two-day event that will form part of the next wartime display for others to enjoy.

During the two days it was clear many were affected by what was on display, and memories flooded back as old friends met again after many years absence.

The interaction with the young was also evident and the society members were delighted that it had become a family event with something for everyone to enjoy.

Society chariman, Alex Geddes, said “ We are delighted to see such a large turnout and watching the young and not so young interact was very encouraging, as it had always been envisaged that our events should be for the whole family to enjoy.

“The feedback from visitors was very helpful to us, as it allows us to improve every event we stage.

“I sincerely hope those who paid us a visit will leave with happy memories and will support our future events still to come.

“Although we have many other events to come such as craft fairs, art exhibitions and a carol service planned for December, our next heritage event will be in early 2013 where the theme will be Victorian times. Work has already started on this theme and promises to be interesting in content in many way’s”

The society will next host a craft fair September 22 from 11am to 3pm at Buchanhaven Community Centre where crafters including Rhiannon Jewellery, Betty Bells Sweets, Pretty Chique, Glendale Cards and many more will be on hand to display their latest works of art for visitors to enjoy and purchase.