Down memory lane, January 12 2018

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The Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) head of engagement and campaigns contacted the Courier looking for pictures and reminiscences of 1947’s great snow.

Sarah Abley searched the RCN archives before Christmas looking for snowy pictures. She found notes by the late Campbeltown district nurse, Mary Smith née Semple, latterly of Ardbay, Machrihanish.

Ms Abley also contacted Campbeltown Heritage Centre’s Marlyn  Moffat who remembered a two part Courier story, from March 1997, written by Mrs Smith when she was 86. It was these notes that Ms Abley discovered in London.

An invitation to Mary Smith's wedding.
An invitation to Mary Smith’s wedding.

If anyone has pictures or remembers incidents from the great snow of 1947, a year before the NHS was founded, particularly involving doctors or nurses the Courier would pass them to the RCN.

This picture from Mary Smith’s wedding day, on March 31, 1955, features from left: bridesmaid Miss McMillan, groom Hugh Smith, Mary Smith and the best man John Galbraith. NO_c02marysmith01_wedding

An invitation to Mary Smith’s wedding. NO_c02marysmith04_wedding_invite