Photograph of a double-decker bus on Gott Bay pier, 1981
Black & white photograph of a double-decker bus travelling down Gott Bay pier to the waiting ferry, 1981. The bus was the first of its kind on the Scottish islands. (original in filing cabinet 9, drawer 3)
Photograph of a double-decker bus on Gott Bay pier, 1981.
Black & white photograph of a double-decker bus on Gott Bay pier in 1981, with the ferry in the background. A Caledonian MacBrayne poster on the back of the bus reads “In the 1974-1980 period, this was the first double-decker bus on many of the Scottish islands. In 1981, not only was it the first double-decker bus on the Island of Tiree…IT WAS THE FIRST BUS OF ANY DESCRIPTION ON THE ISLAND OF COLL”. (original in filing cabinet 9, drawer 3)
OS map of Tiree annotated for road upgrades in the 1970s
Copy of OS map of Tiree (1:25,000) that has been annotated by hand to show which roads are to be upgraded in an extensive road improvement programme for the island. Probably in the 1970s. Locations of shops and road weight limits are included. Marked on the reverse “Tiree – for Bob Jones”.
Magazine article “The current of history” about travels through the Highlands and islands in the 1950s and 1960s.
Magazine article about the author`s memories of travelling by train and steam ship from St Andrews to Glasgow and Oban, and then the isles and Fort William in the 1950s and 1960s, including reference to Gaelic fables. With map and colour photos.
Photograph of Squadron Leader Preston-Potts and his wife.
Courtesy of Ms Annabelle MacNeill
The Station Commander of the RAF base on Tiree between 1943 and 1945 was Squadron Leader Preston-Potts. A fighter pilot who had been injured in the Battle of Britain, he was left with a burned face and had to travel regularly to the mainland for treatment.
He was quite fearless and won a pilots’ bet as to who could fly lowest over the Officers’ Mess; he flew so low he cut the telegraph wires with the wheels of his plane. Once he swam out to defuse a mine bobbing offshore.
A great lover of speed, he would career along the narrow Tiree roads in an open-top jeep offering lifts to locals, who were left shaking in their shoes at the end of the journey.
Black and white photograph of Preston Potts and his wife, from Annabella MacNeill`s collection.
The Commanding Officer of RAF Tiree Preston Potts and his wife sitting on a jeep. (Original stored in filing cabinet 8 drawer 4)