Politician researches wartime family history

Christine Jardine, left, looks through some archive with Liz Hamilton, of Tarves Heritage Centre.
Christine Jardine, left, looks through some archive with Liz Hamilton, of Tarves Heritage Centre.

A North-east politician has been delving into her family history.

Gordon Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine examined wartime school records at Tarves Heritage Centre to see if there was any mention of her father or aunt, who were evacuated to Methlick at the start of World War 11.

She explained: “I’ve been meaning to try to find out more since I first moved here in 1985, but it wasn’t until recently that I wondered if the Tarves centre might have any information.

“I know exactly who they stayed with, and where, as I discovered at my wedding years ago that it had actually been members of my husband’s family they had lived with.

“My dad had died very young and it was only when my grandmother was introduced to Calum’s family at the wedding that we discovered that she already knew some of them.

“Because my dad was just a baby she had been allowed to come with him and my aunt. It really is a small world.

“Being told bedtime stories about wartime Aberdeenshire was really my first introduction to the North-east. Its nice now to be able to find out more.”

Christine, Liberal Democrat candidate for Gordon in May’s general election, lives in Newmachar.