The reminiscence event started with Ruaraidh MacKay singing Òran a’Pholitician, written by his uncle. The event continued with folk sharing stories about the time of the Politician and Mary Bowie telling of her time with Compton MacKenzie and the events that lead up to her being used as the character of Peggy in the film. She was also delighted to meet Dr Angus MacKinnon, one of Compton MacKenzie’s godsons – and the owner of some interesting artefacts from the Politician. New stories were also heard, not least of them that Raoghnall Mòr a’Ghreigheir’s family ate their meals for years at a table that turned out to be half of a table from the Poly!


Those involved with the project are very grateful to all who attended and shared their stories. They were also pleased that Andrew Salmond from Museums Galleries Scotland was able to attend. Andrew said ...


“This of course is merely the start of the project and Màiri MacLeod is keen to hear from everyone who has a story to tell about World War 2. These stories and photographs of islanders and others who were involved in any aspect of Uist during the war are still sought. Màiri can be contacted on 01878700320, on her mobile 07747092427 or by email on macleodmairi2@googlemail.com.”


Pròiseact Beinn na Coraraidh Sets Sail


Pròiseact Beinn na Coraraidh launched its programme of events in Eriskay on the 13th April. The evening started off with people viewing the accompanying exhibition of photographs and objects from the Politician while enjoying a free dram courtesy of Am Politician who sponsored the event and provided many of the artefacts. Other artefacts were provided by Polochar Inn and the project is grateful to Museum nan Eilean in Stornoway for loaning the chest from the captain’s cabin that was donated to them by Chrissie Slater. A friend of Chrissie’s father-in law had been one of the salvage crew and had liberated the chest (along with a few bottles in the drawers!) and taken it back to Lewis. If you missed the event, most of the exhibition will be showing in Kildonan Museum until the 14th May.

Photos © D.J. MacDonald