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David Smith and the Evening Express

Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties

Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties

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"Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties" is a beautfiul collection of photographs displaying images of two of the most exciting decades Aberdonians ever lived through. It is a fascinating book that will captivate both locals and tourists alike.

In post-war Aberdeen, skeletons of buildings bombed during the blitz were flattened, events such as the advent of the North Sea oil industry and the arrival of the first Chinese restaurant are all recorded here.

The great exodus from the city centre got under way with major new housing schemes springing up all around the outskirts. This led to the bus becoming king of the road, ending the city's tramway era.

Landmarks like Black's Building and Castlehill Barracks became a mere memory and the first high-rise blocks altered the city's skyline. Aberdonians shopped at Reid and Pearsons, Watt and Grants, all now consigned to memory.

Brought together for the first time in this unique book from the photographers of the Evening Express, they paint a picture of change over a 20-year period that now seems as sudden as it was dramatic.

About the Author

David Smith has been a journalist in the North-East for 37 years. Born in Aberdeen, and educated at Aberdeen Academy, he spent his entire career with the Press and Journal and Evening Express.

A former chief reporter of the Evening Express, he was its news editor for 11 years before becoming the paper's community and training editor.

He played a leading role in the newspaper's series of successful campaigns, including HeartStart, and Children 2000 which has raised thousands of pounds for children's projects.

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