Reminiscence Group

Group Leader: Mary Ferrie

Meet: Fridays at 10.30am – 12 noon at the Bennie Museum in Bathgate


In Mary’s words:

“What is this group about?  In general, it will be about – as they say in Ayrshire – The happy auld days
that’s awa’! I don’t know about you, but I can hardly remember what I had for my breakfast, yet I can
remember my first reading book when I started school. It was called: The Radiant Way, published by Blackie. If you ever visit the Hill House in Helensburgh, built for the Blackie family by Rennie Mackintosh, you will see a copy in a glass case. I think every book we ever used in school was published by Blackie. I can remember the picture on the cover – a rainbow – and I also remember the first lines: Come mother come. Come to mother Kitty.
Funnily enough, I can’t remember Tom’s lines, but I do remember he got all the fun like climbing trees
while poor Kitty learned domesticity.
Anyway, that’s enough blethers to give you the general gist – a chat about times past with stimulation from memory boxes held in the local museum.”

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