The more research I do into subjects of the show, the more fascinating it becomes. One of the scenes will show a local minister mistakenly being attacked by a suffragette at Aberdeen railway station boarding a train. The lady clearer believed he was Prime Minister, Lloyd George who was visiting Aberdeen at the time. It turns out, the lady in question who was arrested, appeared in court and was sentenced to a 40/- fine, and four days in Craiginches prison was no other that Emily Davidson, the famous martyr for the suffragette cause, who was to be fatally injured a few days later when she threw herself under the King's horse in the Derby and went on to become one of the most famous of all the suffragettes.
Or in the 1960s when American folk singer Tom Paxton attending an anti Vietnam rally in Aberdeen, publically burnt his draft card at the Castlegate to the cheers of the local YCND. YCND promised a place for youth to be radical. They saw themselves as part of a global movement which protested against the aggressive foreign policy of America, the war in Vietnam as well as the repression in the Soviet Bloc and resisted. as did many of their fellow campaigners, the conformity of the west.
Or the existence of a hand written magazine produced by the women's lib movement in Aberdeen called BUST UP! During the 1960s and 1970s, Aberdeen was full of politically minded groups including Aberdeen Women's Liberation made up of young housewives , working women and students. Their magazine BUST UP was typed with hand written headlines but shows a passion for their cause reminiscent of the women who supported the fight for Independence.
Writing the script for the show, it is now becoming a case of what can I leave out, there is such a wealth of information about the contribution of women to the field of Scottish politics over the last 100 years. Next week more about the International Women's League for Peace which celebrates it's centenary this year.