Saturday, 29 May 2010

76 Years of Air-mail

76 years ago today was the inauguration of the air mail service to Orkney. On the 29th of May 1934, an opening ceremony was held at Wideford airport to celebrate the first postal flight from Inverness. The plane left Inverness at 10.15am and arrived in Kirkwall at 11.35am.

The police were obviously expecting a lot of people to turn up as we have an enormous poster in the archive warning about parking vehicles in the wrong place and not crowding the exits.

These flights and later, the internet have made Orkney seem a lot less isolated than it was but I have still yet to see a Saturday supplement in the shops before 2.00pm...

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