The kipper girls are on strike this week for better wages. On Tuesday afternoon they marched in procession round the town with a union jack and singing. They passed down Francis St. while the wedding was on, and I was amused to see that even in strike time a wedding was too great a temptation to be resisted and their procession joined the crowd at the church door until the wedding party came out… Stornoway, 1st Feb. 1917

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 1 Feb 1917

In Mr Gibson’s letter to Jean this week, he gives her the latest news from the local boys in the War and provides a report on a wedding at the Episcopal Church in Stornoway. The kipper girls are also on strike this week, stopping only to admire the wedding, much to the delight of Mr Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk

Jean dear,

We got your letter in due course, and were glad to note that Maud had got over her cold, though sorry to hear of her tooth troubles.

We read with amusement the joint letter of yourself and the other young lady who corresponds with her home. It reminds me a little of the testimonial I once wrote for you when you were a baby; I think we once told you about it.

Alick Thomson was in to see us one evening, and we had him in to the kitchen to share our tea and had a nice long talk about the war. He stayed for about three hours and told us such a lot of things. He really has the gift of making us see things. We both felt we knew in quite a new and vivid way the kind of life it is in the trenches.

I had a letter from Murdo Murray this week. He says John Munro is away to France again. He was trying to get him kept for a bit as a Phy. Trg. [Physical Training] Instructor, but owing to some mistake in the orderly room it did not get arranged. I congratulated Murdo on his marriage.

Isobel Ross was married on Tuesday in the Episcopal Church. Our afternoon interval came just as the service was being finished and the children of the Francis St. Building were just in time to swell the crowd which saw Isobel and her husband off in the motor. Dorothy Macleod was, I think, chief bridesmaid, and Cathie Alexander the understudy.

The kipper girls are on strike this week for better wages. On Tuesday afternoon they marched in procession round the town with a union jack and singing. They passed down Francis St. while the wedding was on, and I was amused to see that even in strike time a wedding was too great a temptation to be resisted and their procession joined the crowd at the church door until the wedding party came out.

Mamma was at the B.W.T.A. this afternoon; the meeting was a short one, and there were few present.

Last night’s meeting of the School Literary Society I was not at, as I had still a bit of a cold in my head, and am being careful o’ nights. I believe they had quite a good meeting. It was an election à la Gulliver – one candidate urging that eggs shd. be opened at the big end and the other at the little end. I was told the heckling and the replies were quite good. Mamma insisted on my staying in bed on Saturday and Sunday. I felt all right on Monday, but have had a head-cold since Monday evening – nothing bad.

Mamma asks me to say that she posted your blouse to-day.

By the way, who were the four of you who acted as the School Magazine Committee last autumn & passed round the Mags. – Angus MacPhail and you – and who were the other two?

The pussocks are at my feet and Mamma is skimming the newspaper, and supper-time is near.

Best love from both,

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L27

Transcribed by Seonaid McDonald, Archivist

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