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RAF tatties
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Sadie Turnbull from Govan, Glasgow. Posted 13 May 2004.
The RAF were billetted in Elderpark, Govan, Glasgow. At the end of the war they were pulled out and left their huts and a large area of potatoes growing. When they began to mature loads of Govan kids descended on the park and began to dig for spuds. I was on my way home from church, dressed in all my Sunday finery. I saw the kids scrabbling in the park and asked a lad what was happening. He said "It's free tatties!"
I ran into the park complete with pale blue coat, white cotton gloves and handbag. I put my gloves in my bag and started diggling. Somethimg later I walked along the Govan Road and met my aunt. She stared at me in amazement; I blurted out "Look aunt Annie. I've got free potatoes for my mum".
My aunt took one look at my pile of potatoes, my "nearly" blue coat and my muddy face and laughing she said "I'm sure your mum will be awfi pleased!"
I eventually got home and presented the cache to my mum. I'm afraid the rest is too painful to repeat!

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