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greenock during the war
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les mathieson from fife. Posted 4 May 2004.
As a child during the war in Greenock I remember as little boys we ran after the sugar "kerts" that ran between the docks and the refineries to pinch sugar. It was of course unrefined and full of all sorts of impurities but it certainly sweetened the tea. You had to be real daring to run after the kerts and pick your spot because the drivers had long whips for their horses and were good at scaring the pants off young robbers.
It was a daft thing to do as once you had cut a slit in the bag and filled your container the sugar continued to spill onto the road way attracting other kids who were inwaiting for a hand full of the sweet stuff. I also remember beeing evacuated to Clynder on the Gareloch and staying in tents along with about 15 other Greenock families on the shore at Rahane? We stayed there for the summer months.
Phil from Guildford. Posted 14 Nov 2005.
This is fascinating to read, I used to play on this beach all the time around this area, when I was about 8, around 1984/5, sometimes we would see people camping, I wonder if this was people returning to relive the experience. I knew nothing of War then, just rope swings and freedom.

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