SR’s editor compiled many thousands of notes for his books 'The Invisible Spirit' and 'The Broken Journey' on the life of Scotland between 1945 and 1999. Many of minor interest never found their way into print. For this daily series, he has rescued some of these abandoned scraps from the dustbin of history.

One weekend in August 1947

Seven thousand people in Irvine saw Anne Mercer crowned Marymass
Queen. Five thousand people attended a Clan Macpherson rally at Newtonmore, including the minister of health Aneurin Bevan and his wife Jennie Lee MP. Sanquhar revived its ancient ceremony of riding the burgh marches. At the Glasgow fruit market, supplies of tomatoes were diminishing but good-quality Tasmanian apples were on offer. Hibernian drew 1-1 with Airdrie after its 'star collection of forwards did not give even a twinkle'. The secretary of state for Scotland, Joseph Westwood, visited Lewis and forecast a bright future for the traditional industries of fishing, agriculture and tweed. R E Muirhead, president of the SNP, speaking at the Wallace anniversary demonstration at Elderslie, said the party was appealing for self-government to the United Nations on the grounds that the Treaty of Union of 1707 had so frequently been broken that it was now null
and void. The Earl of Selkirk said at a Unionist garden fete in Bothwell that the Labour government was ‘over-centralising Scottish affairs’ and that it was bad for the morale of any people to feel that things were being done for them. John Stewart of Glasgow’s Park Theatre wrote in a letter to a newspaper that the Covent Garden opera company only had itself to blame for empty seats at the Theatre Royal and that its 'great event' had been under-promoted. 'This is one of the real dangers of Arts Council backing, the assumption that the box-office will take care of itself', he added. The price of coal rose sharply.

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