From Shetland to Berlin

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AT the latest meeting of the Garioch Probus Club, following a welcome from President George Cadenhead, John Sim introduced members to John Gallop, who was accepted into membership of the Club by unanimous approval of those present.

Arthur Taylor was presented with the Beveridge Cup having come out on top in the recent Probus golf competition.

President George then introduced speaker for the day, Club member George Smith. For his presentation, George chose to share some memories of hi own full and interesting life.

Born and brought up in Shetland, George’s early life had strong connections with the fishing and crofting community, his father keeping a shop that served these groups. He shared with his Probus audience some memories of his school-days, where he recalled meeting visiting seamen of various nationalities and cultures. School-days over, George was called-up into the Royal Air Force, where he saw service in various countries. George worked in Air Traffic Control, and in this capacity was closely involved in operations which became known as the “Berlin Airlift” in 1948-49.

Back in “civvy street”, George followed a career as a teacher and became a well respected artist, and retained his life-long interest in books.

George’s interesting, detailed and often humorous “autobiographical” account of his life, a very full and eventful one, was much appreciated by Probus members.