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Great Gale
of 1953
DVD now
available
  THE GREAT GALE OF 1953    
 
  “The Muckle Storm - 31st Janaury 1953”
DVD now available.
Produced, Filmed & Directed by Frieda Morrison of Birseland Media Productions, this excellent video records Robbie Mitchell, Eunice Adams, Bert McIntosh, John Copeland, Ian Cameron, Bill Blackhall, Andy Burnett, Sandy Hogg, Mary Munro and Ian Smith all telling their own story of that terrible gale.
To order your own copy, by return, please send a cheque, payable to Andrew Nicol Chartered Forester, for £15, to:  Andrew Nicol Chartered Forester, Deeside Activity Park, Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire  AB34 5BD.




31st January 2013 marked 60 years to the day of The Great Gale of 1953. My brother Malcolm and I decided to hold a Commemorative Dinner to mark the occasion and to round up a few friends, relations and business colleagues on Royal Deeside who could remember that dreadful day.   We chose The Potarch Hotel and the response before, during and after the event has been has been superb.    We now have enough information to form the basis of an archive of a single day when 2 years worth of commercial felling was brought down by Mother Nature as she unleashed what has been recorded as the most devastating storm to affect Scotland for 500 years

In early April 2013 we plan to announce who will be taking this project forward for us.   If you have any records of the Great Gale of 1953 please do get in touch on marketing@andrewnicol.com
Here, meanwhile, is a taster of what we have rounded up to date:

 

Aerial view of Ballogie Estate showing acres of timber flattened by ’53 Gale.
(Reproduced by kind permission of Aberdeen Journals.)
 

THE COMMEMORATIVE DINNER

 

THE WEEKLY JOURNAL - 3rd MARCH, 1953
John Birnie, Cordiners Sawmills Chief Engineer provided this, from his “grinnies box”.  Reproduced here by kind permission of Aberdeen Journals.    
Front Page
Pages 8 & 9
Pages 7 & 10

  Mary Munro – Mither’s Tattie Soup
Before the Commemorative Dinner, Mary recounts the scene in her household on the day of the gale
{Click on image to view video.)
  Ian Cameron of
Castle Plant (Deeside) Ltd, Ballater
A clip from Ian’s presentation at the dinner where he tells us the gale was synonymous with the introduction of Power Saws
{Click on image to view video.)
  PRESS COVERAGE      

Press and Journal - 19th January, 2013

The Deeside Piper - 15th February 2013

  PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE COMMEMORATIVE MEAL     INTERESTING WEBSITES 

HAND WRITTEN RECORD BY ROBBIE MITCHELL

 

Forestry Memories

North Sea Flood of 1953 

Andrew Nicol Chartered Forester,  Deeside Activity Park,  Dess, ABOYNE , Aberdeenshire AB34 5BD  SCOTLAND,  UK
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