Loch Ewe in Wester Ross will be highly profiled tomorrow night (Thursday 6th September) – on The One Showat 7.00pm.
Filming was done on 23rd June and features John Sargeant ‘Sailing the Scottish Sea Lochs’.
The BBC chose three sea lochs, Loch Fyne, Loch Alsh and Loch Ewe, and it is the Loch Ewe recording that is being shown tomorrow evening.
The BBC crew filmed at Inverewe Garden and also interviewed and chatted with Jacky Brookes from the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project.
Jacky spoke to John Sargeant on board his yacht moored in Loch Ewe and talked about the Arctic Convoys leaving Loch Ewe during WWII on the ‘worst journey in the world’ to Russia.
Jacky says: ‘We are so pleased to be able to help raise the profile of the area with the story of the role that Loch Ewe had to play in the war. It will certainly help to bring more visitors to our beautiful area of Scotland, knowing there is such wartime heritage as well as this wonderful scenery and wildlife’.
John Sargeant also went out to the Arctic Convoy Memorial Stone at Cove and interviewed John Murdo Mackenzie and Donald Urquhart, both boys during WWII. They talked to him of their memories of the convoy ships in Loch Ewe.
Helping with developing the itinerary for the film crew was the Loch Ewe Visitor Information Centre and Inverewe Garden, and also assisting was Rob Adam from Badachro who helped move the film crew from their yacht to the shore.
This is the second major coverage for Loch Ewe and the Arctic Convoys, following the PQ18 Memorial Service last Sunday, which was given extensive media coverage in newspapers and national TV as well as feeding special programmes on Two Lochs Radio on Sunday evening and tonight at 8.00pm. Tonight’s interview is with Veteran Reay Clarke, who talks about his experiences on the Arctic Convoys sailing out of Loch Ewe during the war.
The Arctic Convoys, of course, form a bond between Argyll and Loch Ewe.
Oban was also involved in them and Tobermory on Mull was the centre for the Royal Navy’s training of the destroyer escorts for these convoys – what might be called an idiosyncratic training devised and delivered by Vice-Admiral Sir Gilbert Stephenson, known as The Terror of Tobermory – also the title of the book about him by former broadcaster, Richard Baker.
Note: The photograph above shows broadcaster John Sargeant with Jacky Brookes from the Arctic Convoy Museum Project.