• The Forum

    by  • 18 April 2010 • News & Events • 8 Comments

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    Thanks to all who have filled in our wee survey (if you haven’t yet, please do.)  Not surprisingly there is an overwhelming desire for a forum, so we have one now: the CEUig Forum. It’s for genealogy and history questions, but also anything else you’d like to talk about. You can read it without logging in; to comment, you will of course have to register, by clicking the Register link near the top of the page. You have only to give a user name, password and email address, though you can also give more detail about yourself and attach an avatar photo.

    For those who use online message boards, this will all be familiar.  If you’re new to boards, these are the basics.

    1. The messages are arranged in forums; open a forum to see its messages or threads. When reading a message you can reply (if you’re registered and logged in) using the Quick Reply field at the bottom of the message. It’s possible to attach photos etc and you can send an email or private message to the author of the post using the buttons on the right. Your email address isn’t revealed. Private messages don’t appear on the board but are in your inbox.

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    Any problems, let me know.  Meanwhile there isn’t much on the board yet so please make use of it!

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    8 Responses to The Forum

    1. John McGuigan
      6 May 2010 at 1:42 am

      Thank you so very much for the Mp3, featuring Donald Matheson, recalling his time working at RAF Aird Uig.

      It brought back very happy memories as I was stationed at Uig between Jul 63 and May/June 64.

    2. 18 May 2010 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks John. I’ll mention to Donald that you enjoyed it. I think we might do a bit more on the subject of RAF Aird Uig so I may be in touch.

    3. John Macdonald
      20 May 2010 at 8:16 pm

      I was interested in John McGuigan’s comments regarding Donnie’s talk. I’d be further interested if you could maybe get in touch with John to enquire as to whether he might be in possession of any copies of the “Uig Echo”, a magazine of station life published intermittently in the late 50′s and early 60′s while the RAF were at Aird.
      I have several photocopies if this station magazine and would love to add to my collection. I have made several fruitless attempts to secure more copies of “Uig Echo”, including asking Donnie himself, Ray Goodge, whose sister I know worked on the station, and, of course, your own excellent museum. The guys who served on the station, and with whom I’ve spoken (and who were subsequently “snared” be the local talent)remember the publication, but none seem to have thought of retaining any copies.

      I’d be delighted if John McGuigan could give me any pointers as to who might have retained copies of the mag.

      Best Regards, John.

      P.S If you hear someone asking questions about “Uig Echo” at the beach clean-up on the 29th, that’ll be me!!

    4. 20 May 2010 at 9:19 pm

      I’ll certain send John a message in case he doesn’t see this. We have I think 4 Uig Echoes in the museum – off hand I couldn’t say which ones. Will have a dig for them.

    5. John Macdonald
      24 May 2010 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.

      John.

    6. 27 May 2010 at 10:47 am

      Met two people this week who used to work at Aird in the 1960s, will put them in touch with you.

    7. John Mcguigan
      29 March 2011 at 11:14 pm

      John

      I’m sorry I cant give you any pointers in relation to the Uig Echo. I had never heard of it until I came across an
      excerpt (published at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alex812/75th/uigcar.htm,) from a 1959 copy of the Echo, which a chap called Alex Gumbrecht found amongst his father’s effects.

      By the time I got to Uig, we had a reasonable library and a cinema (programmes changed every other day). In add ition, we were bussed into Stornoway on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In consequence, we hadn’t the time (nor the wit, intelligence or initiative of our predecessors) to publish newspapers.

      Anyway, John, good luck with your endeavours.

    8. 18 November 2011 at 6:08 pm

      That photograph of the Ford 10 Tourer in Alex’s article – that was my first car. Two of us at Aird Uig bought it , it lasted for months, and I was one of the ‘bombers’ who threw it over a cliff – on fire.

      There was a photograph in one of the ‘Echo’s that showed this as I was able to get a good shot from an opposite cliff.

      It was not the rear axle that seized, it was the suspension that broke. We had taken it into an abandoned quarry, and tied a fir tree we had ‘captured’ from a plantation, to the rear bumper. It was to be a christmas tree in the officer’s or seargent’s mess, I foget which.

      We knew someone had phoned the police to say we were raiding the plantation and the headlights we saw far off down the valley approaching slowly up the winding track had to be them.

      We rushed to the car, drove at top speed (all of 10mph) out of the quarry, but I missed the exit track and we dropped off a ledge onto the road with a mighty crack coming from the rear.

      The car dragged back to Aird Uig and the tree was installed. One side of the tree was completely worn away by the drive back and we put that side against a wall.

      The police stayed late, drinking whisky in the bar by the fire………..Eric

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