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Nationwide an Alba: West

BBC ALBA – Starts Friday 7 March at 9.00pm

Nationwide an Alba: An Taobh An Iar

BBC ALBA - A’ tòiseachadh Dihaoine 7 Màrt aig 9.00f

Alasdair Fraser - Nationwide

Fascinating stories of years gone by will be rebroadcast in a new BBC ALBA series using footage from the popular series Nationwide which was the BBC’s long-running news and current affairs show transmitted on BBC One from 1969 to 1983.

Nationwide was a magazine show with a remit to cover regional stories throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and BBC ALBA is offering viewers the opportunity to see some of the best of Nationwide’s Scottish content over a three week period with a selection of stories from the West, East and the islands of Scotland.

Programme one of the three part series, Nationwide an Alba: An Taobh An Iar / West, will take a look at the most compelling stories of that time from the West of Scotland, many of which have only been seen once before, presented by BBC News journalist Alasdair Fraser.

Highlights include droving cattle 200 miles from Skye to Crieff, an insight into the work of Glasgow’s Air Ambulance Service in 1974 and why Ballachulish was regarded by some as the dirtiest village in Scotland in 1973. Regional stories include:

• In 1971 Glasgow Corporation Housing Committee decreed that all air raid shelters would be demolished, spending quarter of a million pounds in doing so at the outrage of many, where they have stood the test of time for over 30 years.
• This year also saw the collapse of Rolls Royce with the knock on effect on subsidiaries leading to 30,000 job losses in Glasgow. A recruitment of Scottish employees to work for Krupps in Germany took place, which many felt was poaching given that Rolls Royce and Krupps were enemies during WW2.
• 1974 reports on the work of Glasgow’s Air Ambulance Service, a service which started by accident in 1933 on Isle of Islay when a patient urgently had to go to a mainland general hospital so only option was by plane. The service handled 800 calls in one year covering anything form expectant mothers to series road accidents.
Glasgow’s Air Ambulance Service
• Bingo but not as we know it - in Glasgow in 1971, bingo had a different tradition where the prize from a 5p (old money) card could provide 50 shillings worth of household groceries, a saving of around £2.
• A Green Goddess (Bedford self-propelled pump) answers a call during the fire fighters strike of 1977 where members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers step in to ensure the safety of the people of Glasgow.
• A new form of entertainment hits Glasgow in 1971 on a quiet Sunday night when pubs and cinemas are closed – kickboxing which even leads to promoters organising bizarre kickboxing dinner dances.

North Lanarkshire:
• In 1982 Scotland’s industrial credibility depends on Ravenscraig Steelworks with 10,000 families being affected if it was to close. The report hears from the people of Motherwell who are desperate to save their town from collapse and fighting for their right to defend their jobs.
• Cumbernauld in 1970 was the new town of modern Scotland however its residents were vassals and forced to pay an ancient form of levy, a feu-duty, the common form of land tenure in Scotland.

• Portavadie, Argyllshire in 1977 was to be home to a new generation of oil platforms for the north sea however dreams turned into nightmares when the plan for spending £15m was scrapped and left a scene of desolation with the largest hole in western Europe and housing estates uninhabited.
• 1978 sees the discovery of a treasure trove of Victorian bottles and glass jars in the garden of a local resident in Helensburgh. It is thought that the house is situated on a Victorian rubbish dump that is worth a fortune where the fruits of her soil can raise anything up to £50.
• Ballachulish was regarded by some as the "dirtiest village in Scotland" in 1973 when the quarries became redundant which lead to the railway station becoming abandoned with a hillside of slate building up, derelict houses and wrecked cars. As the quarry was privately owned, Argyll county council had to apply for a compulsory purchase to help start the clean up process of the area.

• A special report on Crieff Sport Football Club in 1973 tells the story of the team who have let in over 434 goals this season over 32 games, have gone through 10 goalkeepers and hold the record for the worst football club.
Crieff Sport FC
• In 1981 the report follows a couple and their friend who are droving cattle 200 miles from the Isle of Skye to Crieff in Tayside. During the arduous task which entailed a cattle ferry crossing as the cattle were not very skilled at crossing waters themselves, the group are visited by the RSPCA inspector to check over the cattle and talk to the drovers. Drovers can be an unlikely mixture of people and when they pass by locals were never quite sure whether to lock up their cattle or their daughters first.

• 1973 reports on the giant north sea oil production platforms in Drumbuie and South West Ross where locals feel it will mean the end of society and the possible end to crafting whilst others believe it is important to the economy that they be built. A local school matron says she is worried about the moral effect on communities and already has witnessed taxis going from Inverness to Easter Ross with prostitutes.
• In 1973, Frank, a retired city dweller from London has given up everything to become a professional Loch Ness monster hunter. He has dedicated his life to his passion and has built a platform to perch on for Nessy spotting, having spent over 9,500 hours doing so.

Dumfries & Galloway:
• 1974 reported on the harbour at Drummore, Wigtownshire which had been extended by the Ministry of Defence to accommodate ships but has caused a build up of hundreds of tons of rotting seaweed to become trapped in it. Known locally as the 'gitters' the odour from the seaweed becomes almost unbearable when the tide is out and has affected the tourist trade as well as the health of local residents, and at its worst been known to put cows of their feed and set people rocking back on their heels five miles away.
• The town of Palnackie on the Solway Firth is home to the annual flounder tramping contest with residents of all ages taking part in the 1975 festival, where one successful contestant says “big feet makes a big tramper”.

Produced by BBC Gàidhlig, Nationwide an Alba will commence on Friday 7 March from 9.00 until 10.00pm with an hour long programme being transmitted on each consecutive Friday over the three week period.

Bha am prògram telebhisein Nationwide ri fhaicinn air BBC1 gach oidhche sheachdaineach aig tìde na teatha bho naoi ceud deug seasgad ’s a naoi gus an tàinig an t-sreath gu crìch ann an ochdad ’s a trì. Gach oidhche bhiodh na milleanan air feadh Bhreatainn ga choimhead air dà adhbhar: bha e a’ leantainn naidheachdan an fheasgair agus bha aithrisean a’ nochdadh às gach ceàrnaidh dhen Rìoghachd Aonaichte – cha robh e gu diofar càite an robh thu a’ fuireach, bha cinnt ann gum biodh sgeulachd air choireigin às an sgìre agad fhèin a’ nochdadh uaireigin. Chan fhacas mòran de na h-aithrisean ach an aon uair agus anns an t-sreath ùr seo, tha Alasdair Friseal a’ taghadh cuid de na sgeulachdan as inntinniche agus is dòcha as annasaiche a chunnacas bho air feadh Alba air Nationwide. Thairis air trì seachdainean bho 7 Màrt, bidh Alasdair Friseal a’ toirt thugainn a thaghadh fhèin de sgeulachdan bhon taobh an iar, an taobh an ear agus eileanan na h-Alba.

Anns a’ chiad phrògram a thèid a-mach Dihaoine 7 Màrt, bidh Alasdair a’ cur a’ phrosbaig air an taobh an iar agus am measg na chì sinn bidh sealladh air dòigh-beatha dhròbhairean a bha an dùil crodh a thoirt air an t-slighe eachdraidheil eadar an t-Eilean Sgitheanach agus Craoibh, banaltraman nan itealan-eiridinn a bha stèidhichte ann an Glaschu agus a’ sgèith gu sgìrean iomallach air feadh Alba agus an naidheachd gun robh Bail’ a’ Chaolais air droch chliù a chosnadh mar am baile a bu shalaiche san dùthaich ann an 1973.


Anns an dàrna prògram a thèid a-mach air Dihaoine 14 Màrt, bidh Alasdair a’ cur a’ phrosbaig air an taobh an ear agus am measg na chì sinn bidh sealladh air obair nam paidhleatan a bha a’ strì gus còraichean iasgach Bhreatainn a dhaingneachadh sna 1970an, muinntir Lunnainn a’ dèanamh air an Aghaidh Mhòir airson sgitheadh aig an deireadh sheachdain agus dràibhear à baile Ghlaschu a leig seachad a dhreuchd gus a bhith na chìobair sna Crìochan.

Anns a’ phrògram mu dheireadh a thèid a-mach air 21 Màrt, bidh Alasdair a’ cur a’ phrosbaig air eileanan na h-Alba agus am measg na chì sinn bidh Luke Casey a’ tadhal air Rockall mar phàirt de dh’iomairt bratach Nationwide a chur air a’ chreig, na Hearaich teagmhach agus Sir Hereward Wake ag amas air seach-rathad a thogail mu Chaisteal Abhainn Suidhe agus muinntir Shealtainn a’ beachdachadh air fèin-riaghladh ri linn soirbheachas obair na h-ola.

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