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Dornoch Boys Football Team
Dornoch Boys Football Team

Monochrome group photograph of Dornoch Boys Football Team. The names are written at the foot the photograph
Picture added on 24 April 2008
The goalkeeper in the back row 4th from left is David (Davie) Mackay Ross (Jessie Kay's son) from Embo who was born 10/12/1939. He emigrated to Chigago, Illinois after leaving Dornoch school to live with an Embo relative there. He then spent many years in the US Marines and then later as a policeman in the US. He is now living in Boulder, Colorado, and is still working a large airbase as a civilian employee. I last saw him in the summer school holidays of 1953 when we were both working at the Forestry Commission's tree nursery at Embo Street as weeders along with several other Embo children. These were the days before selective herbicides and children's small fingers were the best at taking out the weeds from among the newly germinated tree seedlings (and before the term "child labour" became swear words!). The seed beds were raised and were about a meter wide and ran downhill for about 300 meters. The gaps/paths between the beds were about 40 cms wide and the weeders sat on small wooden sledges in these gaps. As we progressed down the beds we removed the weeds with flattened 6 inch nails, shook any soil from their roots and then left them in the gap for the sun to wither. The sledge had a small knotted rope tied to its front centre and we pulled on this rope to move the sledge forward. This prevented us having to get up and down as we worked down the beds. It was all good fun with plenty of banter and many tall stories being told. There was also plenty of competition to see who could finish a set task the quickest..or get to the end of their seed bed fastest. I can't remember what we were paid but I would guess it was about twenty five shillings a week...and we got very good suntans as a bonus on top of that.
Added by Kenneth Mackay ex Embo now South Africa. on 06 September 2010
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