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Narration by John Watterson about his memories of Port St Mary

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Date(s): 1992

Scope & Content: Track 1: John Watterson talks about his schooldays and teachers; the 'Lady Plymouth' that ran aground near the pier in the First World War; war bulletins; Armistice celebrations in the village; teacher Miss Gell and headmasters Mr Place, Mr Wilkinson and Mr Corlett; bodies of sailors washed-up on the shores during the First World War; fishing and digging-up worms for fishing; playing with a hoop and hook; Mr Costain, the smith and John Crowe; herring fleet; poet Ambrose Maddrell and his poems about fishing boats; Willie Radcliffe, fisherman; Scottish drifters visiting Port St Mary; Qualtroughs Yard; playing football on the Cronk or Chapel Beach; men with ponies and carts called cadgers; housewives preparing herrings; lifeboat launches and Lifeboat Day; wrecking of the 'Clan McMaster' at the Sound; religious meetings in the winter; magic lantern shows; Hop Tu Naa songs; accidental shooting of a boy in Fistard; sailing around the shores near Port St Mary; playing ‘kick the tin’ on the pier; ways of making money; the first golf course in Port St Mary at Ballacreggan; Steam Packet vessels 'Tyrconnell' and 'Cushag'; being a message-boy; funeral traditions.

Track 2: He continues to talk about funeral traditions and then talks about meetings in the Sunday school; visits of Robert Matteson and his memorial; comparison of the village then and now. John recites poems about a little cottage at the Lhargan; about Kitterland and gull eggs; and about two men going to Port Verk to collect lobster pots. He reads humorous Manx dialect poems by Kathleen Faragher ‘At The Fair’, recounting drunken escapades on Tynwald Hill; ‘Putting A Sight On Betsy Next Door’; ‘The Manx Afternoon’, adventures preparing bonnag for a Women’s Institute tea; ‘The Stranger’, about belonging to the Isle of Man; and one beginning 'Hi Lizzie', relating gossip about mishaps on the way to the mart. John talks about the shops in Port St Mary now and in the 1920s; demise of the High Street.

Language: English

Extent: 57 min. 40 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0380

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