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The 75th Anniversary of the last evacuation of islanders from St Kilda, August 29th 2005

1 September 2005

In true St Kildan style, the harsh and unpredictable weather, that can keep the island so remote, threatened to put an end to all the plans. The winds were too strong and the sea too rough for either helicopter or boat. But all of us on the island were determined to not let the day go by unmarked and had multiple plans ready to implement.

                    

Half way through the day we were delighted to hear that the winds had calmed down enough for one helicopter of visitors to land.  Patricia Ferguson MSP (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport), Robin Pellew (Chief Executive, NTS), representatives from Historic Scotland, and members of the Press touched down for a whirlwind visit to the island.

 75th Anniversary Interview

Patricia Ferguson MSP and Susan Bain (NTS) are interviewed by the Press

 

The day would not be complete without the traditional Mailboat!  Ranger Neil crafted a small magnificent vessel, whilst the rest of us took on the supportive role of writing the many postcards.  It was launched at dusk from the Point of Coll.  

 Mail boat

Have you seen the 75th Anniversary mail boat?

75th Anniversary mail boat launch

The launching of the mail boat at dusk

 

 

To mark the day we have also sent postcards to other dual World Heritage Sites around the world and now eagerly await receiving postcards in return.

75th Anniversary WHS stone



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