Our Story [Radio Scotland]

Episodes

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Billy Kay talks to friends who are celebrating the vibrant history and culture of Paisley.

Elgin's Bothy Ballad Competition2019032620190331 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits the annual Bothy Ballads competition in Elgin.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

Elgin's Bothy Ballad Competition20190326

Mark Stephen visits the annual Bothy Ballads competition in Elgin.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Elgin's Bothy Ballad Competition2019032620190331 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits the annual Bothy Ballads competition in Elgin.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Gorgie City Farm2020032420200426 (RS)

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Gorgie City Farm2020032420200426 (RS)
20200329 (RS)

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Invergordon Smelter20190226

Mark Stephen hears from the community who worked at Invergordon's Smelter.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Invergordon Smelter2019022620190303 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears from the community who worked at Invergordon's Smelter.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Invergordon Smelter2019022620200524 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears from the community who worked at Invergordon's Smelter.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Invergordon Smelter2019022620190303 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears from the community who worked at Invergordon's Smelter.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

Inverness Victorian Market2020031020200315 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits the Victorian Market in Inverness.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the north east's distinctive past.

Inverness Victorian Market2020031020200503 (RS)

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Kosovar Community in Glasgow20190312

This episode of Our Story is about two communities; the Kosovar community who came to Scotland seeking sanctuary from armed conflict twenty years ago this year, and the community who welcomed them.

It is estimated that between 1.2 to 1.4 million Kosovo Albanians were displaced and over thirteen thousand people were killed during the war in Kosovo. In May 1999, Scotland mounted its biggest refugee programme to date, following an agreement between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and European governments to provide temporary protection and shelter to Kosovars who had fled ethnic cleansing.

On Sunday 9th May ’99 just before 2pm, the first of two flights that day carrying the most vulnerable refugees arrived into Prestwick airport. These first flights carried mainly women and children and included a 10-week-old baby and a 99-year-old woman. Few passengers had little more than the clothes they were standing up in.
Several councils and churches came together to provide accommodation and support services for the new community. The notorious Red Road flats in the Springburn area of Glasgow were made available to accommodate the refugees, whilst others were housed in North Berwick and Paisley. Huge media interest was garnered and over the next few months, nearly 400 refugees from Kosovo would make Scotland their home.

In later years as more refugees arrived, for many the warm welcome turned to hostility. Whilst some Kosovar refugees returned home, the others who stayed were often subjected to dawn raids and the complexities of a rigid immigration system. As a new generation of Scottish Kosovars come of age twenty years on, Mark Stephen explores the impact the evacuation to Scotland has had on the Kosovar community and how it has shaped Scotland today.

Mark Stephen speaks to the Kosovar refugees who found sanctuary in Glasgow 20 years ago.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Kosovar Community in Glasgow2019031220190317 (RS)

This episode of Our Story is about two communities; the Kosovar community who came to Scotland seeking sanctuary from armed conflict twenty years ago this year, and the community who welcomed them.

It is estimated that between 1.2 to 1.4 million Kosovo Albanians were displaced and over thirteen thousand people were killed during the war in Kosovo. In May 1999, Scotland mounted its biggest refugee programme to date, following an agreement between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and European governments to provide temporary protection and shelter to Kosovars who had fled ethnic cleansing.

On Sunday 9th May ’99 just before 2pm, the first of two flights that day carrying the most vulnerable refugees arrived into Prestwick airport. These first flights carried mainly women and children and included a 10-week-old baby and a 99-year-old woman. Few passengers had little more than the clothes they were standing up in.
Several councils and churches came together to provide accommodation and support services for the new community. The notorious Red Road flats in the Springburn area of Glasgow were made available to accommodate the refugees, whilst others were housed in North Berwick and Paisley. Huge media interest was garnered and over the next few months, nearly 400 refugees from Kosovo would make Scotland their home.

In later years as more refugees arrived, for many the warm welcome turned to hostility. Whilst some Kosovar refugees returned home, the others who stayed were often subjected to dawn raids and the complexities of a rigid immigration system. As a new generation of Scottish Kosovars come of age twenty years on, Mark Stephen explores the impact the evacuation to Scotland has had on the Kosovar community and how it has shaped Scotland today.

Mark Stephen speaks to the Kosovar refugees who found sanctuary in Glasgow 20 years ago.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Kosovar Community In Glasgow2019031220190317 (RS)

This episode of Our Story is about two communities; the Kosovar community who came to Scotland seeking sanctuary from armed conflict twenty years ago this year, and the community who welcomed them.

It is estimated that between 1.2 to 1.4 million Kosovo Albanians were displaced and over thirteen thousand people were killed during the war in Kosovo. In May 1999, Scotland mounted its biggest refugee programme to date, following an agreement between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and European governments to provide temporary protection and shelter to Kosovars who had fled ethnic cleansing.

On Sunday 9th May ’99 just before 2pm, the first of two flights that day carrying the most vulnerable refugees arrived into Prestwick airport. These first flights carried mainly women and children and included a 10-week-old baby and a 99-year-old woman. Few passengers had little more than the clothes they were standing up in.
Several councils and churches came together to provide accommodation and support services for the new community. The notorious Red Road flats in the Springburn area of Glasgow were made available to accommodate the refugees, whilst others were housed in North Berwick and Paisley. Huge media interest was garnered and over the next few months, nearly 400 refugees from Kosovo would make Scotland their home.

In later years as more refugees arrived, for many the warm welcome turned to hostility. Whilst some Kosovar refugees returned home, the others who stayed were often subjected to dawn raids and the complexities of a rigid immigration system. As a new generation of Scottish Kosovars come of age twenty years on, Mark Stephen explores the impact the evacuation to Scotland has had on the Kosovar community and how it has shaped Scotland today.

Mark Stephen speaks to the Kosovar refugees who found sanctuary in Glasgow 20 years ago.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

Kosovar Refugees In Glasgow2019031220190317 (RS)

This episode of Our Story is about two communities; the Kosovar community who came to Scotland seeking sanctuary from armed conflict twenty years ago this year, and the community who welcomed them.

It is estimated that between 1.2 to 1.4 million Kosovo Albanians were displaced and over thirteen thousand people were killed during the war in Kosovo. In May 1999, Scotland mounted its biggest refugee programme to date, following an agreement between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and European governments to provide temporary protection and shelter to Kosovars who had fled ethnic cleansing.

On Sunday 9th May ’99 just before 2pm, the first of two flights that day carrying the most vulnerable refugees arrived into Prestwick airport. These first flights carried mainly women and children and included a 10-week-old baby and a 99-year-old woman. Few passengers had little more than the clothes they were standing up in.
Several councils and churches came together to provide accommodation and support services for the new community. The notorious Red Road flats in the Springburn area of Glasgow were made available to accommodate the refugees, whilst others were housed in North Berwick and Paisley. Huge media interest was garnered and over the next few months, nearly 400 refugees from Kosovo would make Scotland their home.

In later years as more refugees arrived, for many the warm welcome turned to hostility. Whilst some Kosovar refugees returned home, the others who stayed were often subjected to dawn raids and the complexities of a rigid immigration system. As a new generation of Scottish Kosovars come of age twenty years on, Mark Stephen explores the impact the evacuation to Scotland has had on the Kosovar community and how it has shaped Scotland today.

Mark Stephen speaks to the Kosovar refugees who found sanctuary in Glasgow 20 years ago.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Lee Jeans Factory Sit-in2020022520200517 (RS)

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Lee Jeans Factory Sit-in2020022520200315 (RS)
20200301 (RS)

When women at the Lee Jeans factory in Greenock heard that their textile factory was to be closed, they barricaded themselves in and embarked on a 7 month sit-in. Mark Stephen returns with them to the site of the former factory to discover more about this significant chapter in Scotland's labour history.

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the north east's distinctive past.

Mr And Mrs Wuga2020031720200322 (RS)

Mark Stephen meets Henry and Ingrid Wuga who came to Scotland via Kindertransport.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the north east's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen meets Henry and Ingrid Wuga who, both escaped Nazi Germany though the Kindertransport.. a rescue mission that brought - almost 10,000 - mostly Jewish - children to Britain in the 9 months leading up to World War Two. They were married in Glasgow in 1944, brought up two daughters and for many years ran a successful business here. They have told their stories to school children in one hundred schools to promote tolerance.

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Mr and Mrs Wuga2020031720200419 (RS)
20200322 (RS)

Mark Stephen meets Henry and Ingrid Wuga who, both escaped Nazi Germany though the Kindertransport.. a rescue mission that brought - almost 10,000 - mostly Jewish - children to Britain in the 9 months leading up to World War Two. They were married in Glasgow in 1944, brought up two daughters and for many years ran a successful business here. They have told their stories to school children in one hundred schools to promote tolerance.

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Mr and Mrs Wuga2020031720200419 (RS)

Scotland's communities tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Poll Tax Protest At Glasgow Green20200331
Saving the Tinker's Heart for Scotland's traveller community2019021920200621 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears about the campaign to save the Tinker's Heart in Argyll.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Saving The Tinker's Heart For Scotland's Traveller Community2019021920190224 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears about the campaign to save the Tinker's Heart in Argyll.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

The Tinker's Heart in Argyll was a traditional meeting place for Scottish travellers. Often used for weddings, it's thought the quartz stones were first embedded in the crossroads as a memorial to travellers who fell at the Battle of Culloden. When a new road was put in, travellers believed the monument had gone under the tarmac, but author and storyteller Jess Smith discovered the road had been moved and the heart lay abandoned in a nearby field, covered in grass and dung.

Jess made it her mission to restore the heart and have it recognised and protected as a national monument. With the help of many supporters she set up campaign group HOTT: Heart of the Travellers, to preserve traveller culture. Argyll MSP Michael Russell lent his support and the Scottish Parliament approved Jess's petition. In June 2015, the Tinker's Heart was officially scheduled as a monument of national importance - the first and only monument to traveller culture in Scotland.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

Saving the Tinker's Heart for Scotland's traveller community20190219

The Tinker's Heart in Argyll was a traditional meeting place for Scottish travellers. Often used for weddings, it's thought the quartz stones were first embedded in the crossroads as a memorial to travellers who fell at the Battle of Culloden. When a new road was put in, travellers believed the monument had gone under the tarmac, but author and storyteller Jess Smith discovered the road had been moved and the heart lay abandoned in a nearby field, covered in grass and dung.

Jess made it her mission to restore the heart and have it recognised and protected as a national monument. With the help of many supporters she set up campaign group HOTT: Heart of the Travellers, to preserve traveller culture. Argyll MSP Michael Russell lent his support and the Scottish Parliament approved Jess's petition. In June 2015, the Tinker's Heart was officially scheduled as a monument of national importance - the first and only monument to traveller culture in Scotland.

Mark Stephen hears about the campaign to save the Tinker's Heart in Argyll.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Saving the Tinker's Heart for Scotland's traveller community2019021920190224 (RS)

The Tinker's Heart in Argyll was a traditional meeting place for Scottish travellers. Often used for weddings, it's thought the quartz stones were first embedded in the crossroads as a memorial to travellers who fell at the Battle of Culloden. When a new road was put in, travellers believed the monument had gone under the tarmac, but author and storyteller Jess Smith discovered the road had been moved and the heart lay abandoned in a nearby field, covered in grass and dung.

Jess made it her mission to restore the heart and have it recognised and protected as a national monument. With the help of many supporters she set up campaign group HOTT: Heart of the Travellers, to preserve traveller culture. Argyll MSP Michael Russell lent his support and the Scottish Parliament approved Jess's petition. In June 2015, the Tinker's Heart was officially scheduled as a monument of national importance - the first and only monument to traveller culture in Scotland.

Mark Stephen hears about the campaign to save the Tinker's Heart in Argyll.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Scottish Women's Football20190319

This episode of Our Story focuses on the pioneering women footballers who achieved greatness against all odds and changed the game for women forever. Though women's football in Scotland has a long history - there are records of women playing football in Scotland as early as the 17th Century - the discrimination faced by female footballers throughout the centuries has also been rife. In 1921, the women’s game in Scotland was officially banned by the Scottish Football Association due to concerns over women's reproductive health and the social attitudes of the time. This ban prohibited female footballers from playing on any SFA affiliated pitches, or using their facilities, affiliated referees or linesmen. As a result, the development of the women's game in Scotland was severely hampered and attitudes towards female footballers calcified, whilst the popularity of the male game grew. Some passionate players however, refused to be deterred. During this episode, Mark talks to three such players, whose determination and love of the game saw them form the first international Scottish women's side in the late 1960s. Former player, secretary and manager Elsie Cook was one of the main catalysts in growing the women's game, organising the first England vs Scotland match in '72. Margaret McCauley Rae was Scotland's first ever captain. The career of star striker Rose Reilly ultimately took her abroad to Italy, where she was embraced by the Italians for her exceptional talent and lived out a successful footballing career. Academic Karen Grunwell also joins Mark Stephen, Rose, Margaret and Elsie in the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden to discuss the development of the Scottish women's game from the 1960s onwards and the impact of their efforts on the game today.

Mark Stephen chats to Scotland's pioneering female footballers who risked all for football

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Scottish Women's Football2019031920190324 (RS)

This episode of Our Story focuses on the pioneering women footballers who achieved greatness against all odds and changed the game for women forever. Though women's football in Scotland has a long history - there are records of women playing football in Scotland as early as the 17th Century - the discrimination faced by female footballers throughout the centuries has also been rife. In 1921, the women’s game in Scotland was officially banned by the Scottish Football Association due to concerns over women's reproductive health and the social attitudes of the time. This ban prohibited female footballers from playing on any SFA affiliated pitches, or using their facilities, affiliated referees or linesmen. As a result, the development of the women's game in Scotland was severely hampered and attitudes towards female footballers calcified, whilst the popularity of the male game grew. Some passionate players however, refused to be deterred. During this episode, Mark talks to three such players, whose determination and love of the game saw them form the first international Scottish women's side in the late 1960s. Former player, secretary and manager Elsie Cook was one of the main catalysts in growing the women's game, organising the first England vs Scotland match in '72. Margaret McCauley Rae was Scotland's first ever captain. The career of star striker Rose Reilly ultimately took her abroad to Italy, where she was embraced by the Italians for her exceptional talent and lived out a successful footballing career. Academic Karen Grunwell also joins Mark Stephen, Rose, Margaret and Elsie in the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden to discuss the development of the Scottish women's game from the 1960s onwards and the impact of their efforts on the game today.

Mark Stephen chats to Scotland's pioneering female footballers who risked all for football

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Scottish Women's Football2019031920190422 (RS)

This episode of Our Story focuses on the pioneering women footballers who achieved greatness against all odds and changed the game for women forever. Though women's football in Scotland has a long history - there are records of women playing football in Scotland as early as the 17th Century - the discrimination faced by female footballers throughout the centuries has also been rife. In 1921, the women’s game in Scotland was officially banned by the Scottish Football Association due to concerns over women's reproductive health and the social attitudes of the time. This ban prohibited female footballers from playing on any SFA affiliated pitches, or using their facilities, affiliated referees or linesmen. As a result, the development of the women's game in Scotland was severely hampered and attitudes towards female footballers calcified, whilst the popularity of the male game grew. Some passionate players however, refused to be deterred. During this episode, Mark talks to three such players, whose determination and love of the game saw them form the first international Scottish women's side in the late 1960s. Former player, secretary and manager Elsie Cook was one of the main catalysts in growing the women's game, organising the first England vs Scotland match in '72. Margaret McCauley Rae was Scotland's first ever captain. The career of star striker Rose Reilly ultimately took her abroad to Italy, where she was embraced by the Italians for her exceptional talent and lived out a successful footballing career. Academic Karen Grunwell also joins Mark Stephen, Rose, Margaret and Elsie in the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden to discuss the development of the Scottish women's game from the 1960s onwards and the impact of their efforts on the game today.

Mark Stephen chats to Scotland's pioneering female footballers who risked all for football

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Scottish Women's Football2019031920190609 (RS)

This episode of Our Story focuses on the pioneering women footballers who achieved greatness against all odds and changed the game for women forever. Though women's football in Scotland has a long history - there are records of women playing football in Scotland as early as the 17th Century - the discrimination faced by female footballers throughout the centuries has also been rife. In 1921, the women’s game in Scotland was officially banned by the Scottish Football Association due to concerns over women's reproductive health and the social attitudes of the time. This ban prohibited female footballers from playing on any SFA affiliated pitches, or using their facilities, affiliated referees or linesmen. As a result, the development of the women's game in Scotland was severely hampered and attitudes towards female footballers calcified, whilst the popularity of the male game grew. Some passionate players however, refused to be deterred. During this episode, Mark talks to three such players, whose determination and love of the game saw them form the first international Scottish women's side in the late 1960s. Former player, secretary and manager Elsie Cook was one of the main catalysts in growing the women's game, organising the first England vs Scotland match in '72. Margaret McCauley Rae was Scotland's first ever captain. The career of star striker Rose Reilly ultimately took her abroad to Italy, where she was embraced by the Italians for her exceptional talent and lived out a successful footballing career. Academic Karen Grunwell also joins Mark Stephen, Rose, Margaret and Elsie in the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden to discuss the development of the Scottish women's game from the 1960s onwards and the impact of their efforts on the game today.

Mark Stephen chats to Scotland's pioneering female footballers who risked all for football

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Scottish Women's Football2019031920190324 (RS)
20190422 (RS)
20190609 (RS)

This episode of Our Story focuses on the pioneering women footballers who achieved greatness against all odds and changed the game for women forever. Though women's football in Scotland has a long history - there are records of women playing football in Scotland as early as the 17th Century - the discrimination faced by female footballers throughout the centuries has also been rife. In 1921, the women’s game in Scotland was officially banned by the Scottish Football Association due to concerns over women's reproductive health and the social attitudes of the time. This ban prohibited female footballers from playing on any SFA affiliated pitches, or using their facilities, affiliated referees or linesmen. As a result, the development of the women's game in Scotland was severely hampered and attitudes towards female footballers calcified, whilst the popularity of the male game grew. Some passionate players however, refused to be deterred. During this episode, Mark talks to three such players, whose determination and love of the game saw them form the first international Scottish women's side in the late 1960s. Former player, secretary and manager Elsie Cook was one of the main catalysts in growing the women's game, organising the first England vs Scotland match in '72. Margaret McCauley Rae was Scotland's first ever captain. The career of star striker Rose Reilly ultimately took her abroad to Italy, where she was embraced by the Italians for her exceptional talent and lived out a successful footballing career. Academic Karen Grunwell also joins Mark Stephen, Rose, Margaret and Elsie in the Scottish Football Museum in Hampden to discuss the development of the Scottish women's game from the 1960s onwards and the impact of their efforts on the game today.

Mark Stephen chats to Scotland's pioneering female footballers who risked all for football

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the north east's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

The Caithness Broch Project2020030320200308 (RS)

Brochs are the mysterious circular tall stone towers of the Iron Age, shaped like dry stane milk bottles. They’re only found in Scotland and more of them are found in Caithness than anywhere else. The Caithness Broch Project wants to build one, in Caithness of course. Mark Stephen meets project founders Iain Maclean and Ken McElroy and their fellow directors and committee members to find out how they’re going about it and the fun and fab things they’re doing along the way. Fundraising with an art auction, building a miniature broch in Lego, minecraft brochs, broch-chocolates (Brocholates), even gin, as well as hands on conserving excavated brochs, telling their story, and making them more accessible to the public. With the Dounreay nuclear plant facing decommissioning and jobs and people draining out of the county, could bringing the past to the future in the shape of a brand new broch on the North Coast 500 be part of the answer?

Mark Stephen meets the people from the Caithness Broch project.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the north east's distinctive past.

The Day The Scotsman Became The Scotswoman2019030520190310 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears about the day when the Scotsman newspaper became the Scotswoman.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

The day the Scotsman became the Scotswoman20190305

Mark Stephen hears about the day when the Scotsman newspaper became the Scotswoman.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The day the Scotsman became the Scotswoman2019030520190310 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears about the day when the Scotsman newspaper became the Scotswoman.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The Horn2015080520181125 (RS)

Mark Stephen goes behind the scenes of one of Scotland's iconic roadside eateries.
These days travellers on the A90 associate The Horn as much with the model cow on the roof as with the bacon rolls served inside. But this week in Our Story Mark discovers how the business began over 50 years ago in a tartan wooden hut as one of the earliest farm shops in Scotland.

A behind the scenes look at the history of one of Scotland's roadside eateries - The Horn.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The Horn2015080520161226 (RS)

A behind the scenes look at the history of one of Scotland's roadside eateries - The Horn.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The Horn2015080520190106 (RS)

Mark Stephen goes behind the scenes of one of Scotland's iconic roadside eateries.
These days travellers on the A90 associate The Horn as much with the model cow on the roof as with the bacon rolls served inside. But this week in Our Story Mark discovers how the business began over 50 years ago in a tartan wooden hut as one of the earliest farm shops in Scotland.

A behind the scenes look at the history of one of Scotland's roadside eateries - The Horn.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The Open University20191119

50 years after the OU was created, in a special Our Story, Mark Stephen meets some of its graduate past and present and hears the inspiring stories of the difference it’s made to their lives over the years. He’ll talk to Katla Helgason, who came to Edinburgh from Iceland in 1971 then graduated from student to tutor; 62 year old grandmother Anna Drysdale who just completed her degree 34 years after starting it; and the students currently undertaking an OU degree from Shotts prison.

Mark Stephen meets some of OU graduates past and present and hears their inspiring stories

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The Open University2019111920191124 (RS)

50 years after the OU was created, in a special Our Story, Mark Stephen meets some of its graduate past and present and hears the inspiring stories of the difference it’s made to their lives over the years. He’ll talk to Katla Helgason, who came to Edinburgh from Iceland in 1971 then graduated from student to tutor; 62 year old grandmother Anna Drysdale who just completed her degree 34 years after starting it; and the students currently undertaking an OU degree from Shotts prison.

Mark Stephen meets some of OU graduates past and present and hears their inspiring stories

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

The Open University2019111920191124 (RS)

50 years after the OU was created, in a special Our Story, Mark Stephen meets some of its graduate past and present and hears the inspiring stories of the difference it’s made to their lives over the years. He’ll talk to Katla Helgason, who came to Edinburgh from Iceland in 1971 then graduated from student to tutor; 62 year old grandmother Anna Drysdale who just completed her degree 34 years after starting it; and the students currently undertaking an OU degree from Shotts prison.

Mark Stephen meets some of OU graduates past and present and hears their inspiring stories

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the north east's distinctive past.

08 LAST20130819

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past from those who are part of its rich history. This week we spend the morning at Fintry Primary School near Turriff to get a sense of how our approach to educating children has changed over the generations.

0101Doric Language2013070120140506 (RS)

One of the most unique aspects of the North East of Scotland is the language. Doric is spoken throughout the area but it can vary dramatically from one place to another. In the past, it was frowned upon in schools but now children are actively learning Doric in the classroom. Mark Stephen explores the origins and idiosyncrasies of the language and finds out if there is a bit of a Doric revival afoot.

Mark Stephen starts with an exploration of the origins of the unique Doric language.

Mark Stephen starts with an exploration of the origins of the unique Doric language.

Mark Stephen starts with an exploration of the origins of the unique Doric language.

0102The Granite City2013070820140513 (RS)

What do the Forth Rail Bridge, the London Cenotaph, the Scottish Parliament and the fountains of Trafalgar Square have in common? All were constructed in part from granite, extracted from the many quarries in Aberdeenshire.

Today in "Our Story" Mark Stephen hears stories of living and working with the stone which gives much of the North East its distinctive appearance, and led to Aberdeen being nicknamed "The Granite City".

Mark Stephen hears stories of working with the granite that gave Aberdeen its nickname.

Today in ""Our Story"" Mark Stephen hears stories of living and working with the stone which gives much of the North East its distinctive appearance, and led to Aberdeen being nicknamed ""The Granite City"".

Mark Stephen hears stories of working with the granite that gave Aberdeen its nickname.

Today in "Our Story" Mark Stephen hears stories of living and working with the stone which gives much of the North East its distinctive appearance, and led to Aberdeen being nicknamed "The Granite City".

Today in ""Our Story"" Mark Stephen hears stories of living and working with the stone which gives much of the North East its distinctive appearance, and led to Aberdeen being nicknamed ""The Granite City"".

0103Farming In The North East Of Scotland2013071520140527 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears how farming life has changed over the last century.

It's hard to believe how much farming in the North East of Scotland has changed in the past century. From working the land with Clydesdale horses to state-of-the-art satellite-driven tractors. In this programme, Mark hears the memories of farming folk from as far back as the 1930s and finds out what different challenges farmers face today.

Mark Stephen hears how farming life has changed over the last century.

It's hard to believe how much farming in the North East of Scotland has changed in the past century. From working the land with Clydesdale horses to state-of-the-art satellite-driven tractors. In this programme, Mark hears the memories of farming folk from as far back as the 1930s and finds out what different challenges farmers face today.

It's hard to believe how much farming in the North East of Scotland has changed in the past century. From working the land with clydesdale horses to state of the art satellite driven tractors. In this programme Mark hears the memories of farming folk from as far back as the 1930's and finds out what different challenges face farmers today.

Mark Stephen hears how farming life has changed over the last century.

It's hard to believe how much farming in the North East of Scotland has changed in the past century. From working the land with clydesdale horses to state of the art satellite driven tractors. In this programme Mark hears the memories of farming folk from as far back as the 1930's and finds out what different challenges face farmers today.

01042013072220140101 (RS)

The exploration for oil in the North Sea began in the 1960's. As discoveries of oil grew, companies from across the UK, Europe and America moved in and with them came personnel from all over the world. In the following years the wealth generated by the oil industry changed life in the North East and Aberdeen became the Oil Capital of Europe.

Mark Stephen looks at the effects of the influx of people and money on the city and surrounding areas and hears the personal stories of those who worked in the industry and whose lives were changed by the arrival of oil.

The exploration for oil in the North Sea began in the 1960's. As discoveries of oil grew, companies from across the UK, Europe and America moved in and with them came personnel from all over the world. In the following years the wealth generated by the oil industry changed life in the North East and Aberdeen became the Oil Capital of Europe.

Mark Stephen looks at the effects of the influx of people and money on the city and surrounding areas and hears the personal stories of those who worked in the industry and whose lives were changed by the arrival of oil.

0105The Eastern Cairngorms2013072920140701 (RS)
20141228 (RS)

The mountains around Upper Deeside were out of bounds for the masses up until the mid twentieth century. Groups of young climbers started exploring Lochnagar, Ben a Bhuird and the Eastern Cairngorms, jumping on the 3.15 Strachans bus from Aberdeen out to Ballater and Braemar on a Saturday afternoon, and returning to the city on a Sunday evening. Because of the long walks in, a particular kind of bothy culture emerged, which continues to this day. Certain characters of the hills like gamekeeper, Bob Scott became famous for their very special sort of hospitality towards young climbers.

One pioneering group of young men in the 1950's decided to build their own Secret Howff in the foothills of Ben a Bhuird, to make accessing the crags in winter easier. The sole survivor of this group, Ashie Brebner, shares his memories of that exciting time, dodging gamekeepers and carrying roofing materials on the bus for the Howff. Mark Stephen joins climber and author, Ian.R Mitchell on a journey to the Secret Howff, which is still standing, and discovers that the whereabouts remain private knowledge. We also hear from composer and mountaineer, Matilda Brown, who has worked with children from Braemar Primary School to create music which reflects their experiences of being out and about within these mountains.

Mark Stephen explores the relationship the people of the Cairngorms have with the area.

One pioneering group of young men in the 1950's decided to build their own Secret Howff in the foothills of Ben a Bhuird, to make accessing the crags in winter easier. The sole survivor of this group, Ashie Brebner, shares his memories of that exciting time, dodging gamekeepers and carrying roofing materials on the bus for the Howff. Mark Stephen joins climber and author, Ian.R Mitchell on a journey to the Secret Howff, which is still standing, and discovers that the whereabouts remain private knowledge. We also hear from composer and mountaineer, Matilda Brown, who has worked with children from Braemar Primary School to create music which reflects their experiences of being out and about within these mountains.

Mark Stephen explores the relationship the people of the Cairngorms have with the area.

Mark Stephen explores the relationship the people of the Cairngorms have with the area.

The mountains around Upper Deeside were out of bounds for the masses up until the mid twentieth century. Groups of young climbers started exploring Lochnagar, Ben a Bhuird and the Eastern Cairngorms, jumping on the 3.15 Strachans bus from Aberdeen out to Ballater and Braemar on a Saturday afternoon, and returning to the city on a Sunday evening. Because of the long walks in, a particular kind of bothy culture emerged, which continues to this day. Certain characters of the hills like gamekeeper, Bob Scott became famous for their very special sort of hospitality towards young climbers.

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Mark Stephen packs his deck chair and his knotted hankie for a trip to the seaside to hear our stories of Aberdeen's beach attractions. Mark experiences the thrills of Codonas Amusement Park, revels in nostalgia at the Beach Ballroom and hears memories of Harry Gordon's Pavilion, the old Beach Baths and happy summer days at the beach.

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Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past. This week - a look at some of the old traditions and customs relating to pregnancy and birth.

From giving the new baby a silver coin for luck to not bringing the pram into the house before the new arrival, Mark discovers with the help of folklorist Margaret Bennett and midwife historian Lindsay Reid that some of the old superstitions are still very much alive to this day.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past. This week - a look at some of the old traditions and customs relating to pregnancy and birth.

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Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past from those who are part of its rich history. This week we spend the morning at Fintry Primary School near Turriff to get a sense of how our approach to educating children has changed over the generations.

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Treacle, fish guts, cat food and grease....just some of the lovely ingredients the prospective bride and groom can expect to be doused with before a wedding takes place here in the North East! Mark Stephen explores the customs and traditions surrounding marriage and courtship. He talks to experts Margaret Bennett, Sheila Young and Sheila Sedgewick and hears the personal stories of North East folk.

Treacle, fish guts, cat food and grease....just some of the lovely ingredients the prospective bride and groom can expect to be doused with before a wedding takes place here in the North East! Mark Stephen explores the customs and traditions surrounding marriage and courtship. He talks to experts Margaret Bennett, Sheila Young and Sheila Sedgewick and hears the personal stories of North East folk.

Mark Stephen looks at the customs and traditions surrounding 'the big day'.

Mark Stephen looks at the customs and traditions surrounding 'the big day'.

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Mark Stephen takes a look at how cinema has changed since it first arrived in the North East in 1896. At one time Aberdeen had more picture houses per head of the population than any other city in the UK. From the nostalgic days of the silver screen to the emergence of the modern day community cinema, we chart the rise, and fall, and rise of this pioneering industry, through memory, archive and the living experiences of today.

Mark Stephen takes a look at how cinema has changed since it first arrived in the North East in 1896. At one time Aberdeen had more picture houses per head of the population than any other city in the UK. From the nostalgic days of the silver screen to the emergence of the modern day community cinema, we chart the rise, and fall, and rise of this pioneering industry, through memory, archive and the living experiences of today.

Mark Stephen delves into the history of cinema in the North East.

Mark Stephen delves into the history of cinema in the North East.

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Mark follows the River Dee from source to sea.

Famous the world over for its Royal associations and its salmon fishing, Deeside is a very distinctive valley. From high up on the remote plateau of Braeriach where few people venture , to Aberdeen's bustling industrial harbour, Mark Stephen follows the River Dee from source to sea, hearing the stories past and present of those who have lived and worked by this characterful river.

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Mirrors were covered, clocks were stopped and a lock of hair was nailed to the door....all these traditions were observed when a death occurred. Mark Stephen finds out about the customs, omens and superstitions surrounding death in the North East of Scotland.

Mark Stephen hears about customs and superstitions surrounding death in the north east.

Mark Stephen hears about customs and superstitions surrounding death in the north east.

Mirrors were covered, clocks were stopped and a lock of hair was nailed to the door....all these traditions were observed when a death occurred. Mark Stephen finds out about the customs, omens and superstitions surrounding death in the North East of Scotland.

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Mirrors were covered, clocks were stopped and a lock of hair was nailed to the door....all these traditions were observed when a death occurred. Mark Stephen finds out about the customs, omens and superstitions surrounding death in the North East of Scotland.

Mark Stephen hears about customs and superstitions surrounding death in the north east.

Mark Stephen hears about customs and superstitions surrounding death in the north east.

Mirrors were covered, clocks were stopped and a lock of hair was nailed to the door....all these traditions were observed when a death occurred. Mark Stephen finds out about the customs, omens and superstitions surrounding death in the North East of Scotland.

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Mention fishing and you picture a fisherman in oilskins but women have always played an important role in the fishing industry in the North East. It's clear that the supporting role of women - baiting lines, mending nets and preserving and selling fish - was invaluable. But for thousands of herring lassies who followed the fleet down the coast, it was a life changing experience.

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Mention fishing and you picture a fisherman in oilskins but women have always played an important role in the fishing industry in the North East. It's clear that the supporting role of women - baiting lines, mending nets and preserving and selling fish - was invaluable. But for thousands of herring lassies who followed the fleet down the coast, it was a life changing experience.

Mark Stephen hears about the role that women have played in fishing in the North East.

Mark Stephen hears about the role that women have played in fishing in the North East.

Mention fishing and you picture a fisherman in oilskins but women have always played an important role in the fishing industry in the North East. It's clear that the supporting role of women - baiting lines, mending nets and preserving and selling fish - was invaluable. But for thousands of herring lassies who followed the fleet down the coast, it was a life changing experience.

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The first Nigerian student graduated from Aberdeen University in 1876. Now the city is home to Scotland's largest population of expat Nigerians. Mark Stephen looks at the appeal of Aberdeen for Nigerians past and present, and gets an insight into how they maintain and adapt their culture in a city far from home.

Mark Stephen explores the historic links between Nigeria and Aberdeen.

Mark Stephen explores the historic links between Nigeria and Aberdeen.

The first Nigerian student graduated from Aberdeen University in 1876. Now the city is home to Scotland's largest population of expat Nigerians. Mark Stephen looks at the appeal of Aberdeen for Nigerians past and present, and gets an insight into how they maintain and adapt their culture in a city far from home.

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Mark Stephen visits Carnoustie and meets people whose lives have been shaped by golf.

In the early 1900's, over 300 men from Carnoustie left the town and spread their knowledge and enthusiasm for golf around the world. Mark Stephen tests out his handicap on the famous Championship course, meeting people along the way whose lives in Carnoustie have been shaped by golf.

Mark Stephen visits Carnoustie and meets people whose lives have been shaped by golf.

In the early 1900's, over 300 men from Carnoustie left the town and spread their knowledge and enthusiasm for golf around the world. Mark Stephen tests out his handicap on the famous Championship course, meeting people along the way whose lives in Carnoustie have been shaped by golf.

Mark Stephen visits Carnoustie and meets people whose lives have been shaped by golf.

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TYPHOID 50 YEARS ON.

In 1964, Aberdeen was a city under siege as hundreds of people were quarantined after an outbreak of typhoid. Mark hears the memories of those directly involved and discovers that cutting edge research being undertaken in the city now is informing new ways of tackling this deadly global disease.

50 years on, Mark Stephen hears memories of the Aberdeen typhoid outbreak.

50 years on, Mark Stephen hears memories of the Aberdeen typhoid outbreak.

In 1964, Aberdeen was a city under siege as hundreds of people were quarantined after an outbreak of typhoid. Mark hears the memories of those directly involved and discovers that cutting edge research being undertaken in the city now is informing new ways of tackling this deadly global disease.

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On many of the beaches around the North East of Scotland, the remains of salmon netting stations are still evident. From the end of the 19th Century through to the 1970's, this method of capturing wild salmon was thriving. The decline came about as salmon farming grew, and wild salmon stocks decreased in numbers. Now in the North East two new salmon netting stations have opened in the past two years, despite objections by environmental lobbyists and anglers. Mark Stephen charts the history of this unique industry and the particular culture that has grown up around it.

Mark Stephen charts the history of the salmon-netting industry and the culture around it.

Mark Stephen charts the history of the salmon-netting industry and the culture around it.

On many of the beaches around the North East of Scotland, the remains of salmon netting stations are still evident. From the end of the 19th Century through to the 1970's, this method of capturing wild salmon was thriving. The decline came about as salmon farming grew, and wild salmon stocks decreased in numbers. Now in the North East two new salmon netting stations have opened in the past two years, despite objections by environmental lobbyists and anglers. Mark Stephen charts the history of this unique industry and the particular culture that has grown up around it.

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Mark Stephen charts the rise of Aviemore from small village to outdoor capital.

Mark Stephen charts the rise of Aviemore from small village to outdoor capital.

Aviemore - Scotland's First Outdoor Capital - As the popularity of skiing in the Cairngorms grew from the 1960's, Aviemore itself grew from a small village into a buzzing holiday town. These days it's still a very popular family destination with all sorts of outdoor activities on offer, from windsurfing, to mountain biking, zip wiring to white water rafting. Mark Stephen charts the rise of Aviemore as Scotland's first outdoor capital, and looks at some of the more embarrassing moments too!

Aviemore - Scotland's First Outdoor Capital - As the popularity of skiing in the Cairngorms grew from the 1960's, Aviemore itself grew from a small village into a buzzing holiday town. These days it's still a very popular family destination with all sorts of outdoor activities on offer, from windsurfing, to mountain biking, zip wiring to white water rafting. Mark Stephen charts the rise of Aviemore as Scotland's first outdoor capital, and looks at some of the more embarrassing moments too!

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Mark Stephen visits Glenesk in Angus and unearths a love affair from the early 1900s.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Glenesk in Angus and unearths a love affair from the early 1900s.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Glenesk in Angus and unearths a love affair from the early 1900s.

'Dear Minnie. I now take up my pen to fulfil my promise of writing to you. You will be thinking by the time you get this that I have forgot about you, but I will never do that.'

In 1902, a young joiner called Alexander Middleton left home in Glenesk in Angus to seek his fortune in the Gold Rush of North America. Over a hundred years later, a box containing 55 letters from him to his sweetheart, Minnie Lindsay, was discovered at the Glenesk Folk Museum. It contained evidence of a love affair no one in the Glen knew about.

Through exclusive readings from Alex's love letters to Minnie - spanning the early part of the 20th Century - we get an insight into life in Glenesk during that time. And Mark discovers that many of the places and social events described in these letters are perfectly preserved to this day.

In 1902, a young joiner called Alexander Middleton left home in Glenesk in Angus to seek his fortune in the Gold Rush of North America. Over a hundred years later, a box containing 55 letters from him to his sweetheart, Minnie Lindsay, was discovered at the Glenesk Folk Museum. It contained evidence of a love affair no one in the Glen knew about.

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Mark Stephen visits Speyside to hear how the whisky industry has changed over the last century along with the lives of those who worked in it.

Mark Stephen visits Speyside to hear how the whisky industry has changed over the last century along with the lives of those who worked in it.

Mark Stephen hears how the whisky industry in Speyside has changed over the last century.

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On the 25th of December each year, the villagers of Inverallochy join together not to celebrate Christmas but to mark a long standing community tradition, The Cotton Walk. With musical accompaniment, the villagers known as Cottoners march along their village streets in a custom that has taken place for almost 175 years.

In Our Story, Mark Stephen visits Inverallochy to discover the origins of the annual walk and how it continues to survive today.

In Our Story, Mark Stephen visits Inverallochy to discover the origins of the annual walk and how it continues to survive today.

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Mark Stephen takes a trip in Alfie Bruce's van to hear about the history of mobile shops.

Dress shirts, boxer shorts, tights, pyjamas, ETBs... You can find them all in Alfie Bruce's van which has toured the north-east of Scotland for decades. There used to be hundreds of these mobile shops travelling around Scotland selling everything from fish to furniture - but they've all but been replaced by supermarket vans and couriers delivering online shopping. Mark Stephen takes a trip with Alfie to hear the history of these vans - and to discover what exactly a pair of ETBs is.

Mark Stephen takes a trip in Alfie Bruce's van to hear about the history of mobile shops.

Dress shirts, boxer shorts, tights, pyjamas, ETBs... You can find them all in Alfie Bruce's van which has toured the north-east of Scotland for decades. There used to be hundreds of these mobile shops travelling around Scotland selling everything from fish to furniture - but they've all but been replaced by supermarket vans and couriers delivering online shopping. Mark Stephen takes a trip with Alfie to hear the history of these vans - and to discover what exactly a pair of ETBs is.

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Mark Stephen visits Burghead for their New Year celebration, the Burning of the Clavie.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Burghead for their New Year celebration, the Burning of the Clavie.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Burghead for their New Year celebration, the Burning of the Clavie.

For the Moray town of Burghead, 11 January is a significant date. For them, it is New Year and to mark the occasion, they burn The Clavie. Dating back to the 1750s, the annual fire festival is still going strong. Mark Stephen visits Burghead to discover the origins of the tradition and witness the spectacle first hand.

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Shetland's links with whaling go back as long as the islands have been inhabited, but the heyday of commercial whaling was in the mid-20th Century. It was an industry largely run by the Norwegians, but they relied heavily on Shetlanders crewing the ships that sailed down to the Antarctic for several months every year. But why were men from Shetland so valued as crew on these ships, and as workers on the shore stations of South Georgia? And what do those men think now about their involvement in an industry which is almost universally shunned by the international community? Mark Stephen meets the Shetland ex-whalers.

Mark Stephen explores the stories of the Shetland men who went whaling in the Antarctic.

Mark Stephen explores the stories of the Shetland men who went whaling in the Antarctic.

Shetland's links with whaling go back as long as the islands have been inhabited, but the heyday of commercial whaling was in the mid-20th Century. It was an industry largely run by the Norwegians, but they relied heavily on Shetlanders crewing the ships that sailed down to the Antarctic for several months every year. But why were men from Shetland so valued as crew on these ships, and as workers on the shore stations of South Georgia? And what do those men think now about their involvement in an industry which is almost universally shunned by the international community? Mark Stephen meets the Shetland ex-whalers.

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Mark Stephen finds out about Shetland's knitting traditions.

Mark Stephen finds out about Shetland's knitting traditions.

Mark Stephen finds out about Shetland's knitting traditions and speaks to some of the people keeping the skills alive.

In Our Story this week Mark Stephen finds out about Shetland's knitting traditions and speaks to some of the people who keep the skills alive today.

Mark Stephen finds out about Shetland's knitting traditions and speaks to some of the people keeping the skills alive.

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Mark Stephen goes behind the scenes of one of Scotland's iconic roadside eateries.

These days travellers on the A90 associate The Horn as much with the model cow on the roof as with the bacon rolls served inside. But this week in Our Story Mark discovers how the business began over 50 years ago in a tartan wooden hut as one of the earliest farm shops in Scotland.

Mark Stephen explores the history of one of Scotland's iconic roadside eateries, the Horn.

Mark Stephen goes behind the scenes of one of Scotland's iconic roadside eateries.
These days travellers on the A90 associate The Horn as much with the model cow on the roof as with the bacon rolls served inside. But this week in Our Story Mark discovers how the business began over 50 years ago in a tartan wooden hut as one of the earliest farm shops in Scotland.

A behind the scenes look at the history of one of Scotland's roadside eateries - The Horn.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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In Our Story this week, in the first of two programmes, Mark Stephen goes back to a town where he lived as a boy as they prepare for one of the most significant and exciting events in the calendar year - The Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival.

In Our Story this week, in the first of two programmes, Mark Stephen goes back to a town where he lived as a boy as they prepare for one of the most significant and exciting events in the calendar year - The Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival.

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This week in Our Story it's Fair Day in the town of Bo'ness as they celebrate the historic Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival.

This week in Our Story it's Fair Day in the town of Bo'ness as they celebrate the historic Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival.

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Mark Stephen meets fiddlers Hjaltibonhoga ahead of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen meets fiddlers Hjaltibonhoga ahead of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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The Shetland Fiddlers Hjaltibonhoga have been going down a storm for the second year at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing live each night with their rotating band of 40 fiddlers. Mark Stephen goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to get a group of traditional musicians of all ages and abilities ready for one of the greatest shows on earth.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past from those who are part of its rich living history.

The Shetland Fiddlers Hjaltibonhoga have been going down a storm for the second year at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performing live each night with their rotating band of 40 fiddlers. Mark Stephen goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to get a group of traditional musicians of all ages and abilities ready for one of the greatest shows on earth.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past from those who are part of its rich living history.

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Mark Stephen visits Musselburgh as the racecourse celebrates its bicentenary.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Musselburgh as the racecourse celebrates its bicentenary.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Musselburgh as the racecourse celebrates its bicentenary.

In Our Story this week Mark Stephen spends a day at the races as Musselburgh Racecourse celebrates its bicentenary.

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This week, Mark follows the Burryman of South Queensferry in a unique and living tradition. Every second Friday in August, the Burryman is clad from head to toe in burrs and walks the streets of the town drinking only whisky. The first record of this dates back to 1742 but it is thought that its origins are much older. The folk of the town believe the Burryman takes away bad luck. Mark follows the 2015 Burryman, Andrew Taylor, from picking the burrs, getting dressed and then walking around the town.

Mark Stephen learns about the unique living tradition of the Burryman of South Queensferry

Mark Stephen learns about the unique living tradition of the Burryman of South Queensferry

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On 26th September 2015, the two chimneys of the Cockenzie Power Station in East Lothian were blown up. They've been a landmark in the community for almost 50 years, used by pilots and fisherman to navigate their way home. But ultimately, the pollution created by the coal fired power station was no longer acceptable in 21st Century Scotland.

In this edition of Our Story, Mark Stephen assesses the social impact of the power station on the communities of Cockenzie and Port Seton and finds that their existence is a very divisive and emotive subject.

Mark Stephen assesses the social impact of Cockenzie Power Station on local communities.

Mark Stephen assesses the social impact of Cockenzie Power Station on local communities.

In this edition of Our Story, Mark Stephen assesses the social impact of the power station on the communities of Cockenzie and Port Seton and finds that their existence is a very divisive and emotive subject.

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In the 1970s, during an era long before the end of the Cold War, a small village in the North West of Scotland found itself at the heart of an international fishing bonanza, as dozens of huge fish processing ships from the Eastern Bloc arrived in the bay.

Today Our Story belongs to "The Klondykers" as Mark Stephen travels to Ullapool to find out how the community lived and worked with their visitors.

Today Our Story belongs to "The Klondykers" as Mark Stephen travels to Ullapool to find out how the community lived and worked with their visitors.

In the 1970s, during an era long before the end of the Cold War, a small village in the North West of Scotland found itself at the heart of an international fishing bonanza, as dozens of huge fish processing ships from the Eastern Bloc arrived in the bay.

Today Our Story belongs to ""The Klondykers"" as Mark Stephen travels to Ullapool to find out how the community lived and worked with their visitors.

Today Our Story belongs to ""The Klondykers"" as Mark Stephen travels to Ullapool to find out how the community lived and worked with their visitors.

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Mark Stephen meets some Scottish Cold War-era Royal Observer Corps volunteers.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen meets some Scottish Cold War-era Royal Observer Corps volunteers.

If you were born before the 1980s you grew up with the threat of nuclear war, and you perhaps wondered what you were going to do if the famous 'four minute warning' of nuclear attack sounded. Well some people didn't wonder - they knew. The men and women of the Royal Observer Corps were trained for this very thing - they were the field force of the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation who were supposed to monitor where nuclear bombs had dropped and to give warnings of fall out. They were volunteers from all walks of life whose ordinary lives and jobs were twinned with a secret life underground, staffing the hundreds of observation post bunkers dotted across the country. They would report back to their group and sector headquarters where scientists would plot bombs and fall-out on on a map and pass warnings to the military, regional government bunkers, emergency services and the civilian population. Mark Stephen meets the Scottish ROC volunteers who were on the Cold War front line and finds out their story.

If you were born before the 1980s you grew up with the threat of nuclear war, and you perhaps wondered what you were going to do if the famous 'four minute warning' of nuclear attack sounded. Well some people didn't wonder - they knew. The men and women of the Royal Observer Corps were trained for this very thing - they were the field force of the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation who were supposed to monitor where nuclear bombs had dropped and to give warnings of fall out. They were volunteers from all walks of life whose ordinary lives and jobs were twinned with a secret life underground, staffing the hundreds of observation post bunkers dotted across the country. They would report back to their group and sector headquarters where scientists would plot bombs and fall-out on on a map and pass warnings to the military, regional government bunkers, emergency services and the civilian population. Mark Stephen meets the Scottish ROC volunteers who were on the Cold War front line and finds out their story.

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Mark Stephen hears the history of the Camphill Movement and its origins in Scotland.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen hears the history of the Camphill Movement and its origins in Scotland.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Over 70 years ago a group of Austrian refugees arrived in the North East of Scotland and, inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, set about creating an inclusive community. From this group of pioneers emerged the Camphill Movement which now exists in 119 countries around the world providing support for adults and children with special needs.

This week in Our Story Mark Stephen finds out more about the origins of Camphill and meets one extraordinary lady who, although not one of the very first early pioneers, arrived here in Scotland to join the group shortly after.

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Mark Stephen visits the Product Design Engineering Department at Glasgow School of Art.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the Product Design Engineering Department at Glasgow School of Art.

Behind the doors of the Glasgow School of Art, a small department is quietly going about its business. Created 25 years ago as a joint initiative betweeen the School of Art and Glasgow University, the department of Product Design Engineering has been producing graduates who go on to design for gobal brands such as Dyson, Apple and Jaguar Land Rover. Mark Stephen meets Professor Dugald Cameron whose brainchild the course was a quarter of a century ago, Craig Whittet, the current head of Product Design Engineering and Robin Smith, a former graduate of the course who designed the Queen's Baton for 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mark Stephen visits the Product Design Engineering Department at Glasgow School of Art.

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Mark Stephen visits the Product Design Engineering Department at Glasgow School of Art.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past from those who are part of its rich living history.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of Scotland's distinctive past from those who are part of its rich living history.

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Mark Stephen visits the Island of Canna and explores the Canna House archives.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the Island of Canna and explores the Canna House archives.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the Island of Canna and explores the Canna House archives.

Mark Stephen visits the Island of Canna and explores the Canna House archives, a treasure trove of photographs, audio, folklore and song preserving Hebridean culture.

Mark Stephen visits the Island of Canna and explores the Canna House archives, a treasure trove of photographs, audio, folklore and song preserving Hebridean culture.

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Mark Stephen looks back at 40 years of Scottish Women's Aid.

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Mark Stephen looks back at 40 years of Scottish Women's Aid.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen looks back at 40 years of Scottish Women's Aid.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week in Our Story Mark Stephen visits Ravenscraig to hear the stories of the workers who spent their lives in the steel works. He meets Tommy Brennan who started work in the industry age 14 but who latterly was well known for his fight to save the works from closure.

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Mark Stephen talks to former Ravenscraig steel workers.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen talks to former Ravenscraig steel workers.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Glebe Park where he joins members and supporters of Brechin City FC.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Glebe Park where he joins members and supporters of Brechin City FC.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Glebe Park where he joins members and supporters of Brechin City FC.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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20161227 (RS)

This week Our Story belongs to the members and supporters of Brechin City Football Club. Mark Stephen goes along to their first friendly match of the season and joins Margaret Noble in the stands to cheer on her team as they play Aberdeen. Now age 88, Margaret has been going along to the games for 82 years!

Mark Stephen visits Glebe Park where he joins members and supporters of Brechin City FC.

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Mark Stephen visits the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery in Dumfries and Galloway.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery in Dumfries and Galloway.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the Samye Ling Tibetan monastery in Dumfries and Galloway.

In 1967 two Tibetan refugees who had been studying at Oxford University came to Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway and established the first Tibetan Monastery in the Western World. Almost 50 years on, tens of thousands of people come to Samye Ling each year for a whole variety of reasons, many to find peace from their busy lives.

Mark Stephen speaks to Ani Llhamo, a former computer programmer who is now a Buddhist nun at Samye Ling. And Liz who is a practising Buddhist who has been visiting the Centre since the 1970's. He also learns about the modern fascination with mindfulness and how it is connected to many of the techniques used by Buddhists.

In 1967 two Tibetan refugees who had been studying at Oxford University came to Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway and established the first Tibetan Monastery in the Western World. Almost 50 years on, tens of thousands of people come to Samye Ling each year for a whole variety of reasons, many to find peace from their busy lives.

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Mark Stephen visits the village of Helmsdale and it's famous restaurant, La Mirage. Created by larger than life figure, Nancy Sinclair in the 1970s the restaurant is a temple to all things pink, kitsch and camp. With customers returning year after year, the food's pretty important too with no such thing as a small portion and doors open from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.

Nancy Sinclair began her career in the 1950s as a model with appearances in fashion magazines such as Vogue but her father's sudden death cut that short as she had to help her mother run a hotel her parents had just bought in Helmsdale. The hospitality trade then become Nancy's career but she never lost her love of fashion and the flamboyant. Nancy presided over La Mirage for almost 3 decades. During that time she became friends with romantic novelist, Barbara Cartland, who had a holiday home nearby and Nancy and Barbara could be seen taking tea in La Mirage whilst Barbara's chauffeur waited outside in a white Rolls Royce.

Nancy's son Don followed his mother into the catering trade and has worked at La Mirage since he was a boy. Now in his early 60s, he's still at restaurant turning out everything from neon coloured meringues to fish and chip suppers. Like his mother, he's known by everyone.

Nancy retired from the business in 2003 and the business was taken over by Mike and Pam Wakefield but Nancy would still visit every day and Don remained to work alongside Mike and Pam but now change is afoot at La Mirage with Mike and Pam taking the decision to move on and sell up.

Mark Stephen visits La Mirage to meet Don, Mike and Pam, staff and customers to find out what's been so unique and special about this eatery billing itself as the North's premier restaurant.

Mark Stephen hears the story behind the famous La Mirage restaurant in Helmsdale.

Mark Stephen hears the story behind the famous La Mirage restaurant in Helmsdale.

Mark Stephen visits the village of Helmsdale and it's famous restaurant, La Mirage. Created by larger than life figure, Nancy Sinclair in the 1970s the restaurant is a temple to all things pink, kitsch and camp. With customers returning year after year, the food's pretty important too with no such thing as a small portion and doors open from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.

Nancy retired from the business in 2003 and the business was taken over by Mike and Pam Wakefield but Nancy would still visit every day and Don remained to work alongside Mike and Pam but now change is afoot at La Mirage with Mike and Pam taking the decision to move on and sell up.

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Mark Stephen hears the story behind the famous La Mirage restaurant in Helmsdale.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen hears the story behind the famous La Mirage restaurant in Helmsdale.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen talks to members of the Sikorski Polish Club, Glasgow.

In Our Story this week Mark Stephen is welcomed into The Sikorski Polish Club in Glasgow. Established in 1954, the Club has provided a meeting place ever since for not just the Polish community but for all who share an interest in Poland's culture and heritage. From the time of World War 2 through to present day, Mark meets some of the members of the club as they share their family stories of coming here to Scotland.

Mark Stephen talks to members of the Sikorski Polish Club, Glasgow.

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Mark Stephen talks to members of the Sikorski Polish Club, Glasgow.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen talks to members of the Sikorski Polish Club, Glasgow.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the old Peterhead prison to hear the stories of former officers.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the old Peterhead prison to hear the stories of former officers.

As the old prison in Peterhead reopens its doors as a museum Mark Stephen returns with former officers to hear of working lives spent there during the most turbulent of years. He meets Jackie Stewart, now in his 80s, as he reflects on being taken hostage by prisoners, injured and paraded on the roof for 5 days before being rescued.

Mark Stephen visits the old Peterhead prison to hear the stories of former officers.

As the old prison in Peterhead reopens its doors as a museum Mark Stephen returns with former officers to hear of working lives spent there during the most turbulent of years. He meets Jackie Stewart, now in his 80s, as he reflects on being taken hostage by prisoners, injured and paraded on the roof for 5 days before being rescued.

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Mark Stephen visits the old Peterhead prison to hear the stories of former officers.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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20161226 (RS)

In Our Story this week Mark Stephen is in Glasgow where he joins members of the Hampden Bowling Club to try out the game and to find out what the club means to its members.

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Mark Stephen is in Glasgow where he joins members of Hampden Bowling Club.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen is in Glasgow where he joins members of Hampden Bowling Club.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen is in Glasgow where he joins members of Hampden Bowling Club.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen meets Anne Cholawo, who lives on the remote Scottish island of Soay.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen meets Anne Cholawo, who lives on the remote Scottish island of Soay.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen meets Anne Cholawo, who lives on the remote Scottish island of Soay.

Anne Cholawo gave up her career in a London advertising agency in the late 80s to move to a remote Scottish island at the age of 27. Something about the island of Soay, off Skye chimed with Anne and she has made it her home. The island has no roads, no pier, no mains electricity and no shops. Now there's only three people left on the island - Anne, her husband, Robert and a neighbour. Mark Stephen hears how the island of Soay captured Anne but also the difficulties of life on an island where self sufficiency is key and only 3 people remain.

Mark Stephen meets Anne Cholawo, who lives on the remote Scottish island of Soay.

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Mark Stephen meets Anne Cholawo, who lives on the remote Scottish island of Soay.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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As Perth Theatre prepares to reopen its doors, Mark Stephen hears memories.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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As Perth Theatre prepares to reopen its doors, Mark Stephen hears memories.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

0904Perth Theatre2017010420170108 (RS)

This week in Our Story - as Perth Theatre prepares to reopen its doors later in 2017 after major renovations Mark Stephen hears stories and memories from those who worked there over the years.

As Perth Theatre prepares to reopen its doors, Mark Stephen hears memories.

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Mark Stephen visits Vogue Bingo Hall to find out about the game's growing popularity.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Vogue Bingo Hall to find out about the game's growing popularity.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Vogue Bingo Hall to find out about the game's growing popularity.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Vogue Bingo Hall to find out about the game's growing popularity.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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20170411 (RS)
20170416 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Vogue Bingo Hall to find out about the game's growing popularity.

Mark Stephen is a self confessed bingo virgin. He's never been in a bingo hall let alone play a game of bingo. Mark visits the Vogue Bingo Club in Riddrie in the East End of Glasgow to find out why bingo is now popular with all ranges, how technology has entered the game and has his first game of bingo under the watchful eye of a long time regular player. He even goes one step further by accepting an invitation to give bingo calling a go to a packed hall of serious bingo players. Find out how he fares.

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This week Our Story belongs to the people of Leith. Mark Stephen speaks to those who have lived and worked there and asks how, and why, they feel the place has changed over the years.

This week Our Story belongs to the people of Leith. Mark Stephen speaks to those who have lived and worked there and asks how, and why, they feel the place has changed over the years.

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Mark Stephen speaks to those who lived and worked in Leith about how the area has changed.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen speaks to those who lived and worked in Leith about how the area has changed.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

10032017041820170423 (RS)

Mark Stephen hears the story of the Tunnel Tigers who built Scotland's hydro network.

After the second world war, a huge civil engineering project took place in Scotland aimed at providing cheap and efficient electricity for the whole country. Tunnels and dams were built on a scale never seen before. But because there was a shortage of man power in the country, workers from elsewhere came to dig and blast the rock. Many came from poverty stricken Ireland and it is their courage and tenacity that we have to thank for our hydro network today. In this edition of Our Story, Mark Stephen speaks to 4 men who came to Scotland to build the hydro in the 1950's and hears about how they lived in an environment when health and safety was not a priority.

After the second world war, a huge civil engineering project took place in Scotland aimed at providing cheap and efficient electricity for the whole country. Tunnels and dams were built on a scale never seen before. But because there was a shortage of man power in the country, workers from elsewhere came to dig and blast the rock. Many came from poverty stricken Ireland and it is their courage and tenacity that we have to thank for our hydro network today. In this edition of Our Story, Mark Stephen speaks to 4 men who came to Scotland to build the hydro in the 1950's and hears about how they lived in an environment when health and safety was not a priority.

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Mark Stephen hears the story of the Tunnel Tigers who built Scotland's hydro network.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen hears the story of the Tunnel Tigers who built Scotland's hydro network.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen takes a trip down memory lane with former Butlin's Redcoats in Ayr.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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Mark Stephen takes a trip down memory lane with former Butlin's Redcoats in Ayr.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen takes a trip down memory lane with former Butlin's Redcoats in Ayr.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen takes a trip down memory lane with former Butlin's Redcoats in Ayr.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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30 years on, Mark Stephen speaks to those involved in the Caterpillar factory occupation.

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30 years on, Mark Stephen speaks to those involved in the Caterpillar factory occupation.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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30 years on, Mark Stephen speaks to those involved in the Caterpillar factory occupation.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1102Caterpillar Factory2017080820180103 (RS)

30 years on, Mark Stephen speaks to those involved in the Caterpillar factory occupation.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week Our Story belongs to the people who lived around and worked in Dounreay.

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This week Our Story belongs to the people who lived around and worked in Dounreay.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week Our Story belongs to the people who lived around and worked in Dounreay.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1104Edinburgh Festival2017082220180101 (RS)

The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe celebrate their 70th anniversary this year. Both events have given Edinburgh the title as the world's festival city attracting perfomers and audiences from all corners of the globe. In the first of two programmes on the festival, Mark Stephen turns his attention to The International Festival charting its beginnings to present day.

Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival in Our Story.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival in Our Story.

The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe celebrate their 70th anniversary this year. Both events have given Edinburgh the title as the world's festival city attracting perfomers and audiences from all corners of the globe. In the first of two programmes on the festival, Mark Stephen turns his attention to The International Festival charting its beginnings to present day.

Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival in Our Story.

The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe celebrate their 70th anniversary this year. Both events have given Edinburgh the title as the world's festival city attracting perfomers and audiences from all corners of the globe. In the first of two programmes on the festival, Mark Stephen turns his attention to The International Festival charting its beginnings to present day.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival in Our Story.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival in Our Story.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival in Our Story.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1105Edinburgh Fringe2017082920180102 (RS)

Some say would say it's all about living the dream. Others, perhaps more cynically that it's about continuing doggedly on in the face of almost certain disaster! Either way it's loud, it's brash, it's chaotic, it's creative... and it's fabulous. Mark Stephen dedicates this edition of Our Story to the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Some say would say it's all about living the dream. Others, perhaps more cynically that it's about continuing doggedly on in the face of almost certain disaster! Either way it's loud, it's brash, it's chaotic, it's creative... and it's fabulous. Mark Stephen dedicates this edition of Our Story to the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Some say would say it's all about living the dream. Others, perhaps more cynically that it's about continuing doggedly on in the face of almost certain disaster! Either way it's loud, it's brash, it's chaotic, it's creative... and it's fabulous. Mark Stephen dedicates this edition of Our Story to the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1105Edinburgh Fringe2017082920180102 (RS)

Mark Stephen celebrates 70 years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

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Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1107Kishorn2018090420181227 (RS)

Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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20181227 (RS)

Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1107Kishorn2018090420170910 (RS)

Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen is in Clydebank to meet former employees of the Singer sewing machine factory

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen takes a trip with George Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society.

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This week Our Story belongs to George Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week Our Story belongs to George Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week Our Story belongs to George Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

1201River Man2018011420180507 (RS)

This week Our Story belongs to George Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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This week's Our Story belongs to Caithness FM community radio station.

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This week's Our Story belongs to Caithness FM community radio station.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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This week's Our Story belongs to Caithness FM community radio station.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen is in Clydebank to meet former employees of the Singer sewing machine factory

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Mark Stephen is in Clydebank to meet former employees of the Singer sewing machine factory

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen is in Clydebank to meet former employees of the Singer sewing machine factory

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen finds out about the Govanhill Baths anti-closure campaign.

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Mark Stephen finds out about the Govanhill Baths anti-closure campaign.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen finds out about the Govanhill Baths anti-closure campaign.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen is in Aberdeenshire to meet some of Inverurie's 'Men's Shed' community group.

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Mark Stephen is in Aberdeenshire to meet some of Inverurie's 'Men's Shed' community group.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Perth celebrates the Chinese New Year.

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Perth celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Glenrothes Town Artist2018080720200531 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Glenrothes and hears the fascinating story behind its town art.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common Riding.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Hawick Common Riding20180724

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common-Riding, the first of the Border Common Riding festivals. For decades, this was male only - women weren't allowed to take part. A legal challenge in 1996 brought changes. But some men-only events have continued. Now the committee that runs the town's annual festival have confirmed that women have a legal right to take part in ALL the Common Riding events. And it will not break the law. Will this end years of controversy in the community - or open old wounds?

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common Riding.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Hawick Common Riding2018072420180729 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common-Riding, the first of the Border Common Riding festivals. For decades, this was male only - women weren't allowed to take part. A legal challenge in 1996 brought changes. But some men-only events have continued. Now the committee that runs the town's annual festival have confirmed that women have a legal right to take part in ALL the Common Riding events. And it will not break the law. Will this end years of controversy in the community - or open old wounds?

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common Riding.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Hawick Common Riding2018072420181226 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common-Riding, the first of the Border Common Riding festivals. For decades, this was male only - women weren't allowed to take part. A legal challenge in 1996 brought changes. But some men-only events have continued. Now the committee that runs the town's annual festival have confirmed that women have a legal right to take part in ALL the Common Riding events. And it will not break the law. Will this end years of controversy in the community - or open old wounds?

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common Riding.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Milestone House20180731

Mark Stephen visits Milestone - a centre providing residential support to people living with HIV and hepatitis C. He looks back at the history of the centre, which was opened in 1991 as the UK's first purpose build AIDS Hospice, hearing from some of the service users, staff and people who fought for it to be set up at a time when AIDS was feared and misunderstood.

Mark Stephen visits Milestone House, Scotland's first Aids Hospice.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Milestone House2018073120180805 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Milestone - a centre providing residential support to people living with HIV and hepatitis C. He looks back at the history of the centre, which was opened in 1991 as the UK's first purpose build AIDS Hospice, hearing from some of the service users, staff and people who fought for it to be set up at a time when AIDS was feared and misunderstood.

Mark Stephen visits Milestone House, Scotland's first Aids Hospice.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Milestone House2018073120181227 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Milestone - a centre providing residential support to people living with HIV and hepatitis C. He looks back at the history of the centre, which was opened in 1991 as the UK's first purpose build AIDS Hospice, hearing from some of the service users, staff and people who fought for it to be set up at a time when AIDS was feared and misunderstood.

Mark Stephen visits Milestone House, Scotland's first Aids Hospice.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Raploch in Stirling to assess the impact of the Sistema project.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Raploch in Stirling to assess the impact of the Sistema project.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

13Return To Raploch2018081420190102 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Raploch in Stirling to assess the impact of the Sistema project.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen meets some of the men and women of the Cold War-era Royal Observer Corps.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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20181226 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common Riding.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen visits Hawick for the Common-Riding, the first of the Border Common Riding festivals. For decades, this was male only - women weren't allowed to take part. A legal challenge in 1996 brought changes. But some men-only events have continued. Now the committee that runs the town's annual festival have confirmed that women have a legal right to take part in ALL the Common Riding events. And it will not break the law. Will this end years of controversy in the community - or open old wounds?

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

1302Milestone House2018073120180805 (RS)
20181227 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Milestone House, Scotland's first Aids Hospice.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen visits Milestone - a centre providing residential support to people living with HIV and hepatitis C. He looks back at the history of the centre, which was opened in 1991 as the UK's first purpose build AIDS Hospice, hearing from some of the service users, staff and people who fought for it to be set up at a time when AIDS was feared and misunderstood.

Mark Stephen visits Milestone House, the UK's first Aids Hospice.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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20190101 (RS)

Mark Stephen visits Glenrothes and hears the fascinating story behind its town art.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

The New Town of Glenrothes celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Mark Stephen visits to learn more about the fascinating story behind its town art. Along the way he meets the two town artists - David Harding and Malcolm Robertson - and hears about the residents reaction to the art that surrounds them.

The New Town of Glenrothes celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Mark Stephen visits to learn more about the fascinating story behind its town art. Along the way he meets the two town artists - David Harding and Malcolm Robertson - and hears about the residents reaction to the art that surrounds them.

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The New Town of Glenrothes celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Mark Stephen visits to learn more about the fascinating story behind its town art. Along the way he meets the two town artists - David Harding and Malcolm Robertson - and hears about the residents reaction to the art that surrounds them.

Mark Stephen visits Glenrothes and hears the fascinating story behind its town art.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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The New Town of Glenrothes celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Mark Stephen visits to learn more about the fascinating story behind its town art. Along the way he meets the two town artists - David Harding and Malcolm Robertson - and hears about the residents reaction to the art that surrounds them.

Mark Stephen visits Glenrothes and hears the fascinating story behind its town art.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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The New Town of Glenrothes celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Mark Stephen visits to learn more about the fascinating story behind its town art. Along the way he meets the two town artists - David Harding and Malcolm Robertson - and hears about the residents reaction to the art that surrounds them.

Mark Stephen visits Glenrothes and hears the fascinating story behind its town art.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits Raploch in Stirling to assess the impact of the Sistema project.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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Mark Stephen remembers the excitement of the Glasgow Garden Festival 30 years ago.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen remembers the excitement of the Glasgow Garden Festival 30 years ago.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen remembers the excitement of the Glasgow Garden Festival 30 years ago.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen remembers the excitement of the Glasgow Garden Festival 30 years ago.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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Mark Stephen visits the peace camp and naval base at Faslane.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the peace camp and naval base at Faslane.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the peace camp and naval base at Faslane.

Communities around Scotland tell the stories that matter to them. With Mark Stephen.

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Mark Stephen visits the peace camp and naval base at Faslane.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.

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Our Story belongs to the people who worked at Kishorn dry dock.

Mark Stephen hears the stories of the North East's distinctive past.