East Road, Clay Loan and School Place were very popular for sledging down.
Valentine’s Day: Pigs Tails & Old Boots
“Verily these were the days”
A Stromness Hogmanay of 1945
The whisky famine had been mourned far and wide between Christmas and the New Year. Soon after midnight however, a surprising number of bottles made an appearance
Christmas Past: Christmas Day 1914
“Christmas Day in Stromness was observed as a public holiday, all places of business being closed. The public bars were not open at any time of the day, as they used to be.”
Christmas Past: The Christmas Eve Stromness Yule Log Contest of 1946
In 1946 The Stromness Yule Log contest was brought back as an event for the town.
Christmas Past: The Stromness Ba of 1913
“At 10am The Boy’s Ba’ was thrown up and after a severe struggle, was carried to the South End”
Christmas Past: Christmas Pudding
Orcadians made their own in the past and recipes were printed in the local papers
Christmas Past: The School Concert
In 1929 the Orphir Public School held its Christmas concert at the Comrade’s Recreation Hall. There had been fierce gales the whole day through and these continued into the evening.
Christmas Past: The Ba of 1949
On Christmas Day there was thunder, lightning and heavy rain. As the day progressed the winds got ever stronger to gale force.
Christmas Past: Home
“Home By Christmas. That’s what they said during the war. In the Middle East, in Burma, in P.W. camps everywhere”