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Reflections by John Quilliam: short talks about the Isle of Man

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Date(s): between 1960 and 1980

Scope & Content: Track 1: John Quilliam talks about Harry and George Skelly of Ballakelly Farm, Arbory; description of farmhouse; herring roaster; thatching; price of eggs and poultry during the Second World War; Lhen Café afternoon tea in the 1920s; lack of jobs in the 1920s; boys aged 14 hired to farmers; learning knots for job at sea; Isle of Man Steam Packet’s waiting list; Billy McGain; Tommy Cain’s boat the 'Lily Garden'; the 'Progress' and its last known owner, Ned Cubbon of Sulby; recites a poem about Port St Mary; Saturday Market Day in Old Douglas; Dick Nelson, guard and Davy, train driver; 80 ton whale found at Langness in 1925, the skeleton of which is in the Manx Museum.

Track 2: John talks about the history of Ronaldsway Airport; 1940-1942 No. 1 Ground Defence Gunnery School; Santon Burn; Cass ny Hawin; 1944 Royal Naval Air Station; Fleet Air Arm and HMS 'Urley' (Eagle); Barracuda training; Torpedo Squadron; Ronaldsway Airport, opened in 1953 by Governor Dundas; TAT (torpedo attack trainer) Sub-lieutenant Ashby; tale of Jack Payne from Cumberland living near Foxdale; Joe and Mrs Tasker of Scard Farm; racing recollections and the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races of the 1920s; Tynwald Day (known as Midsummer Fair); Isle of Man Steam Railway in 1873; 1926 bus service routes; Lord Street, Douglas bus station; bus companies Manxland, Manx Motors and Road Services; Bill Siddens from Port St Mary, guard on a Manxland bus.

Language: eng

Extent: 1 hr. 21 min. 58 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0053/34

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHTT


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