August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2; additionally, there is the ongoing commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War 1. With the former in mind, Jim Pirie describes the daring escape through Italy of his prisoner-of-war uncle, while this year’s Toulmin Prize-winning short story, by Inverness student Aemilia Balkham Ross, is a poignant reminder of Aberdeen at war.
Jim Fiddes takes us further back in time, with a look at the wartime contributions made by members of a well-known North-east family, the ‘Fighting Forbeses’.
Coastal communities are also in the spotlight, with Duncan Harley’s ‘Our Town’ focusing on Lossiemouth, and the characters - real-life and literary - associated with Buchan neighbours Collieston and Cruden Bay, explored in articles by Stewart Nicol and Derek Jennings.
Kilted chef Craig Wilson shares three delicious summer recipes, concocted in collaboration with his friends at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, and which he served-up during his May Festival ‘Farm to Fork’ sessions.
And festival fever takes hold of the North-east, with a fantastic variety of local events celebrating the wonderful heritage, food and drink, arts and crafts, music, and sporting prowess that make the region so special to live in and visit. Grace Simpson’s ‘What’s On’ and Annie Woolridge’s ‘Diary’ will guide you through the many colourful shows, games and activities planned for August. Get a copy of Leopard Magazine to find out more.