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War girl returned to island for 80th birthday

Published: 3 Sep 2012 09:300 comments

A Glasgow woman returned to Millport to relive her years as an evacuee on the island 70 years ago.

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A Second World War evacuee returned to Millport for her 80th birthday celebrations.

Margaret Steele (nee Barclay) was based on the Isle of Cumbrae from 1941-45 and can remember when you were more likely to get a horse and carriage ride around the island than a bus, and when broken biscuits were given as rations from the local sweet shop!

The family sent Margaret and husband James to stay in Windsor Villa, West Bay, for a week to celebrate, and a special party was hosted as family and friends from Glasgow headed 'doon the watter'.

Margaret was evacuated from Knightswood during the war to Millport, along with approximately 500 other children.

Full story in the Largs & Millport Weekly News

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