Training as a student nurse by Moira Windwick

Moira was going to join the Wrens as a nurse but she had to wait 1 1/2 years before she could start training. She did her nursing training at Forrester Hill Hospital in Aberdeen. She completed two of the three years and then left to get married. She completed her training later when she was a single parent with two children. Her first job was at Bishopmill House as a care worker and then Assistant Manager. She gained a social work qualification. At Hallerman House (now converted into flats), Lossiemouth she was the manager. At Bishopmill House there were several shifts. 1 p.m.- 10 p.m.and then sleepover, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  As Assistant manager she organised the shifts, record keeping, supported staff and supervised the medication. On a sleepover her Father looked after her children.

At the age of 50 she took early retirement from the council but got bored at home. The Mace store was next door so she went to work there for three years and really enjoyed that.

Before she went into nursing she enjoyed going to the Red Shoes Ballroom and listening to the Alex Sutherland Band.

Early memory
Home-made Clothes pegs from Artefacts at Elgin MuseumFrom the early 1950s Moira remembers a lady selling pegs. She wore a white apron and sold her hand-made pegs at certain houses in Lhanbryde (where Moira lived then). They were hand-made dolly pegs. Her mother would invite the old lady in for a cup of tea and the lady drank her tea from the saucer. Moira was told not to laugh at her.

Memory contributed by Moira Windwick

Additional Information

Formerly known as The Two Red Shoes Ballroom. The Beatles appeared there. © Copyright Ann Harrison and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Two Red Shoes ballroom and its place in History (1963) when the Beatles performed there.


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