It is New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay as the Scots traditionally call it; the flames of the coal fire leap up in the hearth, creating a bit of old-fashioned magic, the perfect setting for stories of long ago. Twins, Jane and James Fraser clamour to hear the tales of their family’s past from maternal grandfather John Slater, who gladly responds with an appeal to the veracity and power of his ancestors… More
John tells his grandchildren of their brave ancestor who lost his life trying to save his crewmates; of a wild cousin, who runs off to have her illegitimate child with the Travelling community; and of his clever uncle, Charles, who left the village to become a highly respected teacher and headmaster in the city, and many others. As the twins’ lives progress, so they learn more about their ancestors from their “Didey’s” stories, as well as from those of their grandmother, Maggie, and their mother’s brother Sandy, who reveals how Didey John lost his finger at Scapa Flow, the night the HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed by a German submarine. Life, love, disaster and death loom large in the reminiscences of the older generation, while the youngsters begin to create histories of their own. So join us by the fire and fill your imagination with tales of fish and folk, you’re never too old to enjoy a good story.
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