Cameronian memories of Lanark...from Kent

The Duke of Hamilton takes the salute at the Cameronian disbanding service at Castle "Dangerous" Douglas in Lanarkshire 1968''Image restoration by Lindsay Addison'Photographer'Carluke and Lanark Gazette''Image restoration by Lindsay Addison'Photographer'Carluke and Lanark Gazette
The Duke of Hamilton takes the salute at the Cameronian disbanding service at Castle "Dangerous" Douglas in Lanarkshire 1968''Image restoration by Lindsay Addison'Photographer'Carluke and Lanark Gazette''Image restoration by Lindsay Addison'Photographer'Carluke and Lanark Gazette

ALTHOUGH the Cameronians will be forever remembered as Clydesdale’s ‘own’ regiment, some of the lads who served in its ranks weren’t locals; in fact they weren’t even Scottish.

A timely reminder of this comes courtesy of 85-year-old Frank Stanford who related to us what it felt like to be a 17-year-old Englishman, suddenly finding himself on parade at Lanark’s Winston Barrack’s as a member of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments!

Now a widower living in quiet but active retirement in Sevenoaks, Kent, Frank got in touch after a long-time penpal in Bellshill sent him a copy of the Lanark Gazette, featuring a story about the barracks, now a luxury housing development.

This stirred fond memories which Frank has now shared.

To read his recollections, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.