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There are 5 messages in this section.

margaret heggie from South Dakota usa. Posted 10 Dec 2004.
I was born in oakbank, a mining village and can remember the many nights going into kitchen to make tea - it would freeze the backside off you. The memories of tattie howking as a young lassie, the strong smell of the mist and the glens always in our hearts for those in USA. I even remember my grannies store - hahah and the many walks picking strawbs and making jam with my ma. Dad was a miner and a great man and the old days although hard were so great. Talk, songs and music, dances where laddies would wheech us around the floor, great fun. miss tatties and good mince anyone out there remember the Heggies from oakbank, East Calder? Give me a holler and Gpd Bless Scotland
Karen Beverley from Oakbank bowling club. Posted 26 Apr 2005.
Hi there,

Gave your message to the members of Oakbank Bowling Club East Calder. I have been asked if you remember Jamieson's , Cowan, Walkers.

If you get in touch I will pass on to the members of Oakbank Bowling Club.


Tom Hutton from Dunfermline. Posted 24 Jun 2005.
Born in Oakbank may 18th. 1937, went to school. Mrs Bird and "Auld maukie" the headmaster, remember Jimmie Trippney, Jock Paterson, May, Buntie and John Shearer. The Halleys at the PostOffice, Chat Evans and many others

Irene Harvey from East Calder. Posted 29 Nov 2005.
Does anyone have information about the burnt block in Oakbank, East Calder?

Tom Hutton from Oakbank. Posted 10 Mar 2006.
I was born may 1937 and spent the first 6 years of my life in rthe Village of Oakbank, by East Calder. On Hoghill farm their were two German prioners of war Gunter and Wllhelm. My father, like most other men in those days was "Doing his bit" - he was in the Merchant Navy serving as an Engineer on Oil tankers and, although I didn't know it at the time, he had been torpedoed twice.

I used to ask my Grandfather "Why are we fighting the Germans?" Germans to me were my two friends on Hog Hill Farm. He always answered. "You'll understand when you are old enough to". Like all young folk I couldnt wait to be "Old Enough". It wasn't until 1945, when we sneaked into the Palace Picture House in Rosyth, where my father moved to in 1942 after being invalided out of the Merchant Navy, that I realised, and on seeing the early footage of Belsen, Auschwitz, Treblinca and other Concentration Camps what my Grandfather meant. Yes, they did exist, despite what some extremists say.

Yet I still held fast to Gunter and Wilhelm as my friends, they were Germans to me, not Nazi's. When the A bombs fell on Japan I, like many others, danced in the streets, but we did not realise the enormity of the deed, after all I did not know, at that time, any Japanese people. Now I do, after working on Polaris Nuclear Submarines and having met with and made friends with people from Japan. God forbid that we go down that road again...

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