THE POLISH ARMY
26th June 2017
Roger - local historian told us of Dunfermline`s secret defences during WW2, in particular, the part played by the Polish Army working with the Home Guard. This had given rise to a multi-venue exhibition based on recent archaeology, secret documents. The first exhibition “The Festival – defend Dunfermline WW2”
will take place on 19th & 20th August in the High Street and Heritage Quarter of Dunfermline.
Roger explained that the Polish army and Home Guard would, if the German onslaught was too powerful, make its “last stand “in Guildhall Street.
VOT George McBain
LOST VILLAGE of LASSODIE
10th July 2017
The lost village “Lassodie”, Gaelic for “Garden on the Brow of the Hill”. 4 miles NE of Dunfermline.
The Dewar family of Lassodie House in 1859 started mining. By 1893 pits 10 and 11 were sunk until 1900s there were 2 hamlets “New Rows” and, “Fairfield”; 200 dwellings & 1400 people, church, school, shops, , Co-ops, a tavern and a village hall.
The demise started with the 1921 strike; in 1931 found it too costly to continue mining the miners were given a fortnight to vacate their houses. The buildings in the village were razed to the ground
VOT Bill Alexander
BATTLE of BRITAIN
24th July 2017
Roy set out Hitler’s 1940 Operation Sea Lion” plan to invade us “He mentioned the fact that Churchill was the right man in the right place. Max Beaverbrook was master of Aircraft Production, Air Chief-Marshal Hugh Dowling set up fighter defence system and Air Vice- Marshall Keith Park controlled Battle of Britain. He was full of praise for the young pilots with special mention the “Aces” Douglas Bader, Sailor Malan, Stanford-Tuck and Professor Archie McIndoe and his team who pioneered reconstructive surgery. However, his highest praise was reserved for the Polish “303 Squadron”.
VOT Garson Gillies