Diaries of William Young: 1972
Author(s): William Young
Copyright holder(s): Mary J Price
Up till 3am. Good time. To Aberdour a.m. Jim, Jo, Jim & Phem along. Good meal & nice time.
Cath working. Again a quiet day. Edinburgh a.m. with Kate & Mary.
To Laurie & Wilkies for suit. Surprise when no water in Radiator. Fill with Rad-Weld.
Begin work. Some outside enquiries make it interesting. Radiator holding out.
To Dunf. (1) V. Ayr United (1). Not a bad game. Dunfermline should have won. To Welshs evening. Nice time.
To Aberdour. Quiet day. Cath in bed most of the day. But recovers for evening.
Replies to Catherines wedding invitations coming in. Few refusals so far.
NOT TOO WELL AT BED-TIME
2 days uncert/sick
RBC. BINGO CALL 8.45.
IPCS. AGM. 7pm.
Go to Bingo. OK as usual.
Watch Scotland V. France T.V.
Scotland 20 France 9. To Kdy evening. Cath gets Hat for Wedding. To Phems. Nice meal.
To Rosyth 11.30. No Bans called but were called last week. To Kyles for tea & Driving around Edinburgh is good fun - when you know it!
GRP IV social Park Gate.
AGM RCS CHOIR.
TO KDY AM. WITH CATH.
BACK TO ROSYTH & SEE DUNF (1) V ABERDEEN (0) WITH JIM ROUARK. TO KDY (PHEMS) EVENING WITH GLEN (WHAT A DOG!)
GETTING READY FOR WEDDING.
TO ABERDOUR AM. TOM & CATHERINE OVER P.M. TO BRUCEFIELD HOTEL TO MAKE FINAL ARRANGEMENTS.
TO BOWLING CLUB.
TO EDINBURGH & PORTOBELLO TO COLLECT PRESENTS FOR WEDDING. I am confirmed as PTO III (TGU) at long last.
TO CHOIR. FORGET GOOD SUIT & BOW TIE FOR PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER. GOOD PRACTICE JUST THE SAME.
ALL ALONG FROM KDY. BESSIE BEADIE IN GREAT FORM.
RBC. Dance SNOW SHOWER HEAVY EVENING. DANCE A SUCCESS.
MORE SNOW. WE GO TO EDINBURGH. Single track on A90. Back by 6pm Thank God. MORE SNOW & FROST EVENING.
Social CIC RBC meeting. C.S. Choir at Leslie. A cold night. We shiver in the 'bus going & coming back but the warmth of our reception at Leslie makes up for everything.
To Vic Butler's funeral at Crem in Kirkcaldy. Good turn out of choir.
Good choir rehearsal. Weather moderating.
C.S. CHOIR DUNF. HIGH SCHOOL. A very small audience here, but the Choir have a good night.
Day off. To Edinburgh for Wedding dresses. Kate Wright has done a good job. Roads bad in evening. See a bad accident on dual carriageway.
Catherine's Wedding. A Great Day. Everything goes well. Mass & Wedding-Reception - good band and a great company. Everyone enjoyed themselves and said the best wedding ever. I thought so too!
To Dockyard a.m. Edinburgh p.m. to collect dog. Linda doesn't seem to want to part with him. Still, fine to have him at home meantime.
Legs feel bad when walking. Must do something.
Decide to see Doc & ask her advice re exercise - swimming etc.
Gen. Meeting RBC. Arguments over new Rules & old ones most people had forgotten about.
THOUSANDS OF WORKERS being sent home. STATE OF EMERGENCY.
POWER BLACK-OUT thro' MINERS STRIKE. NO ELECTRICITY 3-6 - 9-12.
TO KDY JIM & JO'S for tea.
To Kdy with Wedding cake to Jessie, Lizzie, Aunt Charlotte (not so well) Jean Hep. & finally Phem & Jims.
Bowling Club closed. Choir practises stopped CSSA CLUBHOUSE CLOSED.
Black-out 6-9. We keep a good fire on while we still have coal!
RCSMVC Annual Concert.
CSSA Clubhouse. Cancelled.
To Edinburgh (Catherines) Mr & Mrs. Kyle there as well.
Get home 12 midnight in time for lights on.
Quiet day. We take Glen down to Limekilns & get some firewood.
To Dockyard Church - It is cold but Father cuts out the frills.
To Kelty with Mary & bring Alex Wallace back. We take Alex & Glen over to Edinburgh. Poor old Glen. I wonder if he is happy.
Brucefield Hotel. Square up - £120.
First note from Mrs [CENSORED: surname] trip to Kdy with Stewart then in evening she comes with Christine to say that Stewart can go in to Hospital.
To Vic Hospital with Stewart Mc. See Stan [CENSORED: surname] of Aberdour. He has had a shock & been in 3 months. I don't know how lucky I am. To Phem & Jim's evening.
Choir Park Gate. GOOD PRACTISE. Only one Section for Perth.
[NOTE: first line scored out]
RBC BINGO CALL
Cancelled. To Vic 6.30. Stewart comes home - very weak and tired.
Doctors 11 a.m. Carry on but with stronger pills.
[NOTE: first line scored out]
Cancelled. Quiet day watching T.V. Rain.
To Edinburgh to Catherines for tea. V.G. I enjoy reading Tommy's Books. Sorry can't help with Immerser.
[NOTE: first line scored out]
FILM SHOW RBC.
To Glasgow. With bowls. We take a devious route & get bumped in Airdire. Find place bowls ready Approx. 8 weeks. Lunch at Burnside Hotel near East Kilbride.
Home by Motherwell Hamilton Airdrie etc.
Fife Disablement Week.
1.30. pm. Palace V.G. Service. The Choir does well. Nice Run & Sing-Song on Return. To Reilly's at Burntisland in evening.
CSMA Club Night. Episcopal Church Hall.
Jumble Sale C.S. Choir Institute. 5.30 pm.
Choir Dalgetty Bay. V.G. Concert Fine Hall in New School.
DINNER / DANCE. C.S.M.A. Queens. Inverkeithing. No go.
To RR V. Kilmarnock Scottish Cup. Raith are well beaten. To Jim & Jo's evening. George & Mima here.
Ye Old Worlde Inn. Charlotte St. - Good lunch.
AGM. Bowling Club. Am late because of Choir Practise.
Caroline home with Colin.
Choir PERTH KESSOCK
We do quite well. 82 and 86 - 168. Good evening afterwards. Kessock Choir the best.
Tom & Kate here then we go over to hear Sid Laurence playing Glen Miller Music in the Odeon.
AGM. CSMA. CSSC. 7.30pm.
Car not ready evening.
To Aberdour at 3. A rare service. Singing (!) by the boys very good.
Bad weather spoils the holiday. To Aberdour for Easter Vigil.
Rain & wind. A quiet day.
Stewart [CENSORED: surname] very ill.
A boring day. Cath at work & Caroline (with Fife County)
Choir Thorntons Childrens Church. A Good Concert on the whole followed by a slap-up supper.
RBC BINGO CALL
TO STIRLING with Caroline. See the Castle & the improvements to the Great Hall.
STEWART [CENSORED: surname] seriously ill in Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. Run Mrs [CENSORED: surname] & family in.
ON LEAVE. Start on Garden.
To Kdy evening to see Stewart with Mrs Mc. & Christine & Elspeth. He is getting worse.
We paint the 'UTILITY' room - Cath has bought a new pad idea - which works well.
To Kdy evening.
To Kdy evening. Mrs Mc. says no more visits except immediate family.
Get caught in shower while refilling gear box with oil. Soaked & just make it to KDY.
TO AYR RACES.
A GOOD DAY ALTHOUGH we only COVER the entrance money.
Tom & Kate here.
RBC Ladies Concert. Very Good. Caroline back to Aberdeen with Colin.
Stay in evening to watch European Football on TV.
To Kdy with Mrs Mc & Girls. Stewart still bad. To Aunt Charlotte. John ill in bed. Return via Burntisland.
RBC Green opens. A Good day but a little cold. We (vice Pres side) win 94-93 although 2 rinks played 5-a-side. 60 people (mixed) on green. To Kdy evening by round-a-bouts ways.
But we don't go. To Jim & Phem & Aunt C, with mags & wedding photos.
To Inverkeithing 11.30. Work in Garden all afternoon. Plant leek seed. Carrot. Potatoes & Onion sets. A good day.
Hat Night. - Very cold. We lose - is it experience or luck?
Phone Whitehead for spare spring for Gear Lever - OK. Get spring.
To Choir evening. Small number present.
Half-day off. Fit new spring to gear lever. Still the squeak remains! Must be internal.
Day off. Rain on & off. Clean car. To Kdy with Mrs. Mc & Christine. Stewart under heavy sedation.
Not playing Saturday. Paint out rust spots under car. Fine game on T.V. England (1) V. W. Germany (3)
To Aberdour morning. To Peebles & Manor Valley. Despite showers it is lovely. See woodcock on road - Golden coloured. Good tea in Peebles & on to Kates.
Flat night Bowling. A good game despite heavy rain beforehand. We win 13-11.
To Kdy with Mrs Mc. & Elspeth.
RBC V Townhill. Club. 6.40. pm. Good game we lose by 3 shots although 3 of our four rinks win!
To Kelty Musical "Kiss me Kate". Very good, as usual. Excellent company.
Stewart [CENSORED: surname] dies 5.30. am. May he rest in peace. To Vic. to collect his things & then to Phems for tea.
To Aberdour. Wet day in & out of garden.
We take Stewart's body into St. Johns. Good crowd there.
Bowling washed out.
Funeral at 11am. Very good. Crowd & fine meal at Queens after. Bowling evening.
Big turn-up at Choir. D. [CENSORED: surname] & W. [CENSORED: surname] resign. Emergency meeting. Decide to re-call W. [CENSORED: surname] as Musical Director.
RBC Bingo Call. To Aberdour then to Bingo. A bit boring.
Rain most of evening. To NCRE in morning.
Bowling. Rosyth V. Crossgate (h). We get hammered our Rink 24-10. Very cold & not bowling weather.
To Aberdour then work in garden & clean car.
Hat night. We are beaten by 3 shots at last end (E. Susans Skip). Work slack. Walked around Yard. Wish there was more to do.
Club Championship V.A. BIRRELL
I get hammered - as usual. I don't think I was any good at single-hand bowls - perhaps my faults are too evident!
Special General Meeting at Choir. I am bored at work. W. [CENSORED: surname] no longer Conductor his conditions are totally unacceptable. Same Committee - they are lucky. Faults both sides.
Receive word that Mrs [CENSORED: surname] died at Portsmouth on Monday. Poor Percy & her did not live long to enjoy their retirement.
RCS Choir Buffet Dance CSSC.
V.G. we have a fine time and I dance all night.
Ladies V. Gents
Gents win. We go to Kdy Bill & Lizzies evening. Bill well. We call at [illegible] [illegible].
Fine practise at Choir. Jack [CENSORED: surname] conducts.
To Bowling. Wind & rain. To Glasgow to collect bowls. Play tie but get beat.
Scotland V. England at Hampden (0-1)
What a travesty of a game. Kicking & fouling. Football is at a low ebb.
To Aberdour. Then to Edinburgh to Cath & Tommies. Walk in Kings Park.
Very quiet. Adjust brakes but need 3 new tyres!
To work. Time passes quickly.
Preparing for Holiday. Rain & more Rain!
Get 3 new tyres - FIRESTONE. - £13.50. Phew! To ABERDOUR for Mass then clean car & Bath.
Preparing for holiday.
Start at 10.20. Get stuck at Perth for ½ hr. Lunch at Pitlochry. A9 busy - after Carr Bridge easy into Forres arr. 4pm.
To Pluscarden. Then to Elgin. Rain starts but go to Davids for the afternoon. To Findhorn & Burghead evening.
Bowls in evening
To Inverness next Caroline & Colin
To Landmark at Carrbridge.
Bowling mostly a.m. with Cath. - She seems to like the game & a "Hat" night in the evening. We don't win but the locals had a share.
To Findhorn & Burghead morning. Then watch Derby on T.V. in Hotel. We back the third Pentland Firth at 50-1.
To Tomintoul but we go round in a circle by Dallas & land back Forres. So by Granton. It is lovely there at the river but a thunderstorm at Tomintoul back via Dallas!
We take the 2 old dears out for a spin a.m. as far as Lossiemouth. Rain p.m. but we go to a Celidh after tea and enjoy it!
Home by Huntly & stop at Aberdeen. We see Caroline & Colin's cottage - very nice but a bit remote. Pick up Mary & return via Perth after High tea at Stonehaven. Generator packs up at Perth.
Find a brush in Generator is faulty. Garden p.m. & church at Cowdenbeath. Dunf Pilgrimage so no Mass at O. of L.
Hat night at Rosyth. Good show Willie [CENSORED: surname] & I win 18-7 - but no prize.
Start work - busy.
Gardening evening - Get the place looking ship-shape.
Choir evening. Not a lot there but things are settling down.
RBC Bingo Call.
Fine night. Bowls & Bingo!
Again Bowling. Keep the flies on the water!
Bed p.m. Legs sore. Rain later.
Tommy Kyle loses the top of his right index finger at work.
Aberdour am. Kate & Tommy here. Tommy's finger better & he is cheerful.
Very showery. Bounce Game only at Bowling. Civic Week Comp. on.
Carolines Wedding arrangements going on apace. To Kdy. To Aunt Charlotte - she is well & so pleased with a visit. I take her some chocolates - not that she was daft on them - but it is something.
Weather still bad. Rain & heavy cloud & cold. Good rehearsal.
To Royal Highland Show at Ingleston. The weather is cold & rainy but we enjoy the show have a fine tea & see the Horse jumping at night.
Paint scaling on car body. Boot turns into a hole. Rain evening.
On repair. All day. A tough job but manage to fill hole. Photograph young blackbirds at door very close.
To Kdy - evening.
To Inverkeithing after long lie in. Finish repair. Not a bad job. Concert a great success in Carnegie Hall but a very small audience.
A good night at B.C. We win 25-9 but another rink was 49-0!
Get another generator for car at Watsons price £2. Inspect & find OK on return. Change brushes & wheel. Refit in car brush 10.15pm. Phew!
To Kdy to see Jessie. She has had an awful fall. Never have I seen a bruised face like it. How they had the heart to turn her out of hospital I will never know.
& Paul. To Aberdour evening. Pick up Caroline at 9.30pm. at Station. Nice to have her back.
Get new glasses.
To Cedars Aberdour for lunch 35p each and good meal.
Bowling from 3 to 6.45. Good day.
Cath down at bowling. Relax evening.
Preparations on for Caroline's wedding on 5th Aug.
Quiet day. Treat grass with Velvetone.
Walking improving. More short walks needed. Less car. Bowling Hat night triples. We lose 18-12. Cloudy but dry.
Good game. We win 73-72 but our Rink beaten 23-15. Weather fine.
Easy day. To Kdy evening. Don't see Jessie but finish up at TVJ's.
Get a "helper" at work, Dave Wyse PTO IV ex student appr. from Ballingry Bowling. Good game beaten but fine.
Take bad back in evening (possibly a chill.
Stay off & lie in bed. Jack & Jane [CENSORED: surname] call with Carolines present - good show.
In bed till 10. Get up & lie in garden afternoon. Not fit to take car to Edinburgh but Caroline goes.
Presidents Tie. Return to work.
Really hot now. Lunch at Aberdour. But come home & sit in garden.
Repeat of yesterday. Aberdour a.m. Garden p.m. Trunks only all neighbours together. Sunshine all the way. Roads jammed. To Kdy evening.
Still great weather.
Bowls V. Civil Service. We win & our Rink score 18-17 a great game.
RBC Bingo call
Weather turns cloudy.
Baths am. Bowling p.m. but rained off.
Garden weeding. To Kdy & Jessies evening. She is much better. Her face has cleared up. Rain on/off.
To 'MARRAIGE OF FIGARO' at the Lyceum with Mary & Alec. Very good a fine production by Scottish Opera.
To Muirhouse to play against C.S. Edin. We win by 40 shots! Our Rink win 26-15. Jim, Jo & Phem along in evening. To see Carolines presents.
Tom Kate & Mary over. Colin arrives in time for tea. Feel like Grandad at the feast! Run them over to Edinburgh.
Good night at Bowls. We win by sheer good luck.
No Choir Practise. All alight for the wedding. Dresses getting made etc. Check car. offside rear wheel low in pressure.
Memo Colour film for INSTAMATIC
Check oil & water. Clean car. Additional press. type. Get RAZOR Blades.
To Aberdeen by car with Catherine, Cath & Mary. No bother. Perth was busy & the load was bad on exhaust pipe. Long time without food but Chinese Restaurant is the answer.
Caroline's Wedding in Aberdeen. A Grand affair. Kings was beautiful & the Reception was splendid. To Mrs S. for tea then home in 2 ½ hrs.
Quiet day. Meet [CENSORED: surname] at Aberdour. Joe is back in business. A gift shop in Kingussie. We go to Edinburgh to see Mary off & collect Glen. He is quite pleased.
Bowling good again tonight. We win 19-14 against a fairly good team.
Bulb for number plate gone. I break it taking it out & have a job extracting the pieces. Thunderstorm at 4.15pm.
Yard on strike. Industrials only.
RBC BINGO Call
Pickets get funny but we still come in.
8pm Social Cic Good game with Sid King lose - but good experience
C.S. Art Exhibition
C.S. College 12 Atholl Cresc. 7-9pm
C.S Art Exhib.
7-9pm. To Ed. with Glen forget about Art Exh.
Liz's wedding at Kirkcaldy. Enjoy it fine. Several hitches but everyone in good form.
To Aberdour 9.
Off at 12.10. Reach Morpeth at 4pm. Run into Newcastle. Sunday traffic. Get to York easily. Same Hotel. OK.
Off through Tadcaster to A1 - easy. Down to Grantham for lunch. Traffic heavy to Kings Lynn. Easier then to Sheringham. We arr. 4.30pm.
Explore Sheringham. Fine place and "mild" sort of resort. Good walks up the cliff. Visit Beeston Church.
To Norfolk Marshes at Blakeney. Then to Walsingham R.C. Place small. C. of E. large but to me quite unreal.
Weather fair but cloudy.
To Wroxham for a sail on the Broads. Good experience, hundreds of boats - some interesting birds - to be seen (not chicks!)
Quiet day. Picnic on the cliffs.
To Norwich. Fine Cathedral market & shops. The place has definite charm. Old & new streets & buildings mingle happily.
Eerie experience in a Ghostly Church at Smallburgh on Thursday.
To Church at St Josephs Sher. A Black Preacher of all things! To East Dereham on a quiet run by winding road.
To Cromer. A nice place. More developed than Sheringham but very clean & old world as well. To N. Walsham return via Coast.
Quiet day. Walking morning. To our cliff eyrie afternoon with beer & cider. Sea breezes doing us good.
To Norwich. Rain heavy. Get caught in traffic in City & come out to spend 2 hrs in Riverside Hotel. Home via coast.
Quiet day. To Holkam Hall by Bus. Earl of Leicester home. Some good paintings & sculpture.
Soft tyre delays start. To York via. Kings Lynn, Sleaford, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Goole.
Fine meal in York & a walk around.
Smooth run home. A1. all the way from Boroughbridge. arr. 6.pm. Stop at Morpeth.
To Kyles [illegible] for tea. Mary & Tom pleased. Catherine Tommy & Mary there. Collect Glen evening. Sorry for Linda.
Back to "work". Strike still on. Back to Square one. "Hat" night good fun. Glen settles down.
Social Cic meeting, 8pm.
I have to arrange estimates for annual presentation of prizes.
This Strike is sickening for both sides. Nice number at choir and we have a good rehearsal.
Arranging prize giving social for R.B.C.
Quiet day. Car headlamp bowl rusted through.
Pa & Ma Kyle for tea. Jim & Phem & Liz & Russ join us. Fine blether & meal.
Caroline & Colin here by 'bus. Decide to hold function in Institute.
Weather very dry. Strike still on. No work to do. Place nearly at a standstill.
Choir practise good. New Conductor Charles Black very good.
RBC BINGO Call.
The last time for a while we hope.
To Dollar for a run with Cath & Glen. A fine day.
To work no sign of strike finishing. To Tullibody with Mary to Liz's house.
½ year meeting. I am off Social Committee. Deo Gratias.
Annual Concert. CSSC. Things go well. Opinion is that the Choir is blending much better under the new Conductor.
To Baths, Shopping etc. To Phem & Jims evening.
Tommy & Kate here for tea. Go long walk with Glen. At least 2 ½ miles. Tired afterwards.
Strike over. Full return to work. Legs sore maybe walked too far.
Car in for anti-freeze addition. Brakes adjusted & clutch. Wheel studs ok but renewal necessary next time.
Good Choir practise much relaxed atmosphere. Mary here overnight. Getting colder.
Fine weather just cold enough to make it lively.
CSMA Run D O E Park at 2.30 pm. Entry 15p.
Take over new job in office. Keeping display boards up to date (Flexoprint) on R by R work. Nice change.
B.G. at work has to be carted off with nervous depression resulting from alchoholic symtoms. Sorry for him.
To Aberdeen with Cath & Mary. Not a bad run but too many roadworks. Take wrong lane in Dundee - nearly in trouble. Go via Montrose. Arr. 7.pm. to [illegible] pub evening good.
We sleep in Car./Coll. bed. but rest is uncomfortable. Rush in morning, hardly any breakfast. Caroline receives her Librarian Cert. Grand Ceremony in Music Hall. We have a fine band at Earls Court Hotel. Late back to cottage.
To Lillian's in Stonehaven in evening.
Memo Forfar / Stonehaven road best.
To Blairs for Mass. Colin has breakfast ready on return. Leave 2.20. Arrive Rosyth 5.15. Good run. Tom & Kate have held the fort & Glen!
Getting ready for Songs from Shows in November at Choir.
To Kdy. Auntie Charlotte very quiet worrying a bit about her step-daughter. John G. is very good to her.
Word that J. [CENSORED: surname] has been in a "gassing accident". Tragedy stalks this house Aunt C. at Janet [CENSORED: surname].
John [CENSORED: surname] buried
good turn out of former work-mates.
Annual prizegiving & social
Good night but Hall is cold
Dr. Mc. 5.20pm
NEW SAPHIRE STYLUS used for FIRST TIME TODAY
R.C.S.CH. Concert Music Hall.
Quite good. We enjoy the show with little to do.
Choir Concert army Scottish H.Q.
A good night but the choir are drowned out. We are a "caberet" act!
To Forth Service to trace smell of petrol. Car not finished. No sign of leak boy says.
Car back but nothing has been done.
Get Mary & Christine away to Turnhouse on route for Malta. To Kdy Aunt C up to Stratheden.
Renew carburretor gaskets to remove smell.
To Dunfs for presents what a crowd.
To Edinburgh Car behaves well. To Tommy & Kates.
Smell of Petrol when we fill up. To Aberdour for Midnight. Good singing.
Car dripping with Petrol. Have to get Rouarks to go for Jessie & Mrs McI.
Give up hole in tank.
Get Forth Service to take our tank hole there new tank filled.
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