Interviews of local people

Ella Simmons and Elsie Goodall- Bakery Workers

Ella and Elsie talk about the dough trough and making pancakes in large quantities. All the cookies were rolled by hand and the bread was made individually and put in pails. The bakers made a sponge in the trough and had a way of making a hard crust.
Link to Ella Simmons and Elsie Goodall’s memories of working at Maurice the Bakers

Ella and Elsie both contributed their memories of their first jobs to the website.

Tom Howe in front of his childhood home , a croft near Haddo Castle
Tom Howe in front of his childhood home , a croft near Haddo Castle

Tom Howe- Salmon Fisherman and Local Councillor

Elgin Library Recording of Tom Howe >>>>

Link to the interview of Tom Howe talking to Andy RossTom was an important contributor to the community of Moray through his work in the Salmon fishery and also as a councillor for over thrity years.This recording features Tom Howe talking to Andy Ross from Moray Firth Radio. Tom talks about his time in fishing and then his time in Local and National Politics with the SNP. It lasts just over 26 minutes. It starts after a few seconds.

Second part of Tom Howe's interview with Andy RossThis is a continuation of Tom’s interview starting with his love of Robbie Burns and his election to the Robbie Burns Society in Fochabers. It also includes a discussion of a Burns Supper he performed in Madrid where he did the Tam O’ Shanter. He also performed the Tam O’Shanter for Members of the European Parliament at a Burns Supper there. He went to Burns Suppers all over Scotland including Aberdeen, Dyce etc…  doing 5 to 6 a year. The recording last about 25 minutes.

Eleanor Webster visiting Elgin High School to talk about her early life in Elgin

Eleanor Webster visiting Elgin High School to talk about her early life in Elgin

Eleanor Webster – Singer and Teacher

Click here to link to a recording of Eleanor's visit to speak to S2 in Elgin High School in May 2012 A recording of Eleanor Webster’s visit to speak to S2 at Elgin High School
Eleanor talking about her early life in Elgin in the 1940s, the railways in Elgin, Life before the NHS and working as a singer.  The recording is about 23 mins long. Here is a link to Eleanor’s memory page >>>

Syd Woodcock's football photographsSyd Woodcock-  Professional Footballer

audio_clipListen to Syd Woodcock’s memories of starting his working life as a footballer. Syd discusses how he became interested in footballing, the teams he played in and why he chose to pursue a career at Metro Vickers instead of football. The recording is about 14 mins long. Here is a link to Syd Woodcock’s memory page.

Link to George talking about the second phase of his life at Gordonstoun schoolGeorge Welsh-  Army Fitness Instructor and P.E. Teacher

Click here to listen to the first part of George Welsh's interview talking about his time in the ArmyPart 1 Audio Clip of George Welsh  talking about his time in the army. He begins by talking about his schooling and why he joined up in 1938 at the age of 14. The recording lasts about 26 minutes. Here is a link to George Welsh’s memory page.

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