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Friends of the John Gray Centre (JGC)

Click here for details on ‘Friends of the John Gray Centre’ and their 2016 programme of Events.

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Festival 2016 quick look…

Here’s a selection of Events being held at this year’s Festival 2016. More Events can be found in the soon to be published Festival 2016 handbook.

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Friends of John Gray Centre

All events are free to Friends and cost £3 for non-members unless otherwise stated. Light refreshments will be provided free of charge, donations welcome.

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Find Free WiFi in East Lothian

East Lothian Council web and communications team have recently developed a ‘Free WiFi in East Lothian Map’ as part of their digital inclusion strategy.

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Mary Ferguson from East Fortune’s National Museum of Flight is seeking involvement from the community on her latest project –

Mary writes –

Community Engagement Project Officer Digital Stories

I am currently coordinating a project called Digital Stories for the National Museum of Flight. We recently reopened two large hangars as part of a major redevelopment on the site. A key part of the new displays are extracts from Digital Stories interviews with people who have a connection to the aircraft on display.

I am now looking to collect stories relating to the history of the airfield and the impact of military operations on the local communities. I am particularly interested in stories relating to the movement of people to East Lothian – I am aware of the Polish tank squadron stationed in Haddington, the prisoner of war camp at Amisfield, that there were pilots of many nationalities operating out of East Fortune, and that many people chose to stay in the area after the end of the war.

I wonder if you are in contact with anyone who might be willing to be interviewed about the experience of coming to East Lothian or Haddington because of the Second World War (of the experience of their parents/family) or who remembers the Polish Army in Haddington or prisoner of war camp?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield

Curiously there’s no direct contact for Mary, so you can either reply to this posting, or send me a Personal Message and I’ll forward them onto Mary.

The photo shows an Airship at East Fortune circa WW1.

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A photo of Haddington 1st Boys Brigade when they visited Denmark in 1961 pre European Union , and soon to be post European Union...

The Haddington Boys/Men are mainly in the Black Blazers.

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With Wimbledon having started, here's Tennis players at the West Mills courts. You can make out the West Mill buildings to the far right of the photo.

The courts were located where the dilapidated car park is on the bad right hand bend on Mill Wynd. .

Can anyone identify the players?

Eric Groome sourced material.

[Apologies for not having posted anything for a while, been busy]

(John Hamilton, Admin)
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