Ratcliffes’ happy childhood days on Bute

Sandra Ratcliffe with her bandmates in The Fringe, a Rothesay folk group she joined in her teenage years on Bute. Sandra's memories of the island, and those of her brother Roger, feature in the new issue of Back In The Day - on sale next week.
Sandra Ratcliffe with her bandmates in The Fringe, a Rothesay folk group she joined in her teenage years on Bute. Sandra's memories of the island, and those of her brother Roger, feature in the new issue of Back In The Day - on sale next week.

Brother and sister Roger and Sandra Ratcliffe both forged long and distinguished careers in journalism after growing up on Bute - and both Roger and Sandra have shared some of their childhood memories with The Buteman’s sister publication, Back In The Day.

Roger spent his last two summers on Bute working at the Rothesay Information Bureau, finding accommodation for visitors, calling bingo numbers, spinning records from the hit parade and even acting as a ‘second’ in wrestling contests.

Sandra, meanwhile, cut her journalistic teeth in Rothesay as a junior reporter with The Buteman - the first step on a career ladder which eventually saw her land a senior post with the Daily Record.

“The island of Bute was - I still believe - the happiest place to grow up then,” Sandra said.

“Everything on Bute then, I think, seemed larger than life. We lived life to the full there, with such enthusiasm.”

* To read more of the Ratcliffes’ memories of growing up and working on Bute, make sure you pick up the latest issue of Back In The Day - on sale next week!