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The Wee Book Of Aberdeen By Norman Adams

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This pocket sized book is a wee gem filled with old photographs and pictures of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Each photo tells a story and Norman Adams narrates this as he delves into the history of The Granite City. For example there are several pages about the trams of Aberdeen, The Carries, and their demise which ended in them being burned at the beach in 1958.

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Aberdeen City

Aberdeen City is full of statues and monuments and this is an ideal book for those who are interested in their origins and the story behind each one. I've often walked past the Mannie Well at the Castlegate, but never knew it was once located at Green where until 1972 it was part of a well.

Union Street, the heart of Aberdeen, features heavily in the book, from parades such as The Aberdeen Festival to scenes of queues for prominent concerts and new cinemas.

Aberdeen boasts some of the oldest buildings in Scotland and indeed the UK. Provost Skene's House is one such example and it is great to see this 17th Century building featured in this book and how it was saved from demolition by Queen Elizabeth.

Stories and Photographs of the Second World War Aberdeen

There are stories and photographs of the Second World War, including bomb damage from the many raids of the German Air Force, The Luftwaffe.

Royal Deeside

Royal Deeside and Aberdeen has strong Royal Family connections and visits such as the visit by the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert and Britannia to Aberdeen docks are recorded and pictured. The relationship with the North Sea is continued with photos and text about the fishing and oil trade through the years. There are also photos and descriptions of Aberdeen's lovely beach.

Views from Pittodrie and text about the history of Aberdeen football Club brings us up to date. I hope the author treats us to further volumes of this great wee book.

The Wee Book Of Aberdeen is a book to enjoy either in one sitting or to flick through in an idle moment. However you choose to read the book I know you'll enjoy seeing the changing face of Aberdeen, The Silver City With The Golden Sands, as you turn each historic photo and read about this marvellous City of ours.

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The Wee Book Of Aberdeen by Norman Adams was first published in 2004 by Black and White Publishing, 99 Giles Street, Edinburgh EH6 6BZ.

ISBN 1 845020 07 3.

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