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Longhope Agricultural Show 1953

Longhope Agricultural Show August 1953

This is a photograph of Sinclair Manson, of the Stoop, Longhope taken at the Longhope Agricultural Show.

I've gone over the lettering with a pen to darken it, but I'm still unsure what Mary Armstrong's role was - reporter? Any suggestions?
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Picture added on 11 January 2010 at 18:00
It look like "preparer" of Champion Cow to me.
Could be wrong?
Added by Bill Sclater on 11 January 2010
Could be "Preparer"
Added by Angus Main on 11 January 2010
I think the boy to the right of Mary Armstrong is Andy Sutherland, don't know who the other chaps are.
The photo is taken at the wartime site of the CRS (Casuality Recovery Station) on the land of Big Wards in "Waas"( Vagaland) here I go again!! Up the V.F.F.!!!!
Added by John Budge on 11 January 2010
Wid agree wi you John, sure thats Andy, they are about my age group but the old memory will not name the other two faces
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 13 January 2010
After some "spearan" (Orkney word for being nosey) I can tell you Mary that the lady in the photograph is indeed Mary Armstrong, and is the daughter of Annie Armstrong "nee Stewart" . The Stewarts lived at Misbister, not far from The Stoop.

I think Annie's husband was a naval commander.
Added by John Budge on 14 January 2010
Bill and Angus, I agree, it probably reads Sinclair Manson, Owner and Preparer of Champion Cow, and has nothing to do with Mary Armstrong at all. Thanks.

Added by Mary McGilvray on 14 January 2010
Thanks John, does "Waas" mean Walls as in South Walls? V.F.F.??
Added by Mary McGilvray on 17 January 2010
The norse name for Waas was Vagaland, meaning 'land of Bays'. Some of us would like to see the old name restored hence the Vagaland Freedom Fighters (V.F.F.) all very deep meaning and silly!

[I've forwarded your details to Special Branch John. Bet you thought those clicks on your phone line were from electric fences! - Steven]
Added by John Budge on 21 January 2010
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