ATTEMPTS to find the family of a man pictured in an old portrait photo taken during World War II have been a success – with the man’s granddaughter in Shetland in line to receive the picture.
Lauri McLeod, from Whiteness, is to receive a photo of her grandfather taken during WW2 when he was a sergeant in the RAF after the owner of the picture contacted Shetland News.
Sandy Dickson, from Camelon, near Falkirk, was stationed in Shetland during the war when he met his future wife Laura Anderson, from Whalsay. The couple moved south again to Camelon, but frequently returned for holidays and to visit Laura’s sister Margaret.
Their son, ex-Sullom Voe harbourmaster, the late Jim Dickson, moved back to Shetland in the mid-1960s where he married Peggy Duncan from Ollaberry and the couple had two children, Lauri and Sean.
Camelon resident Bob Bell found the A3-sized photograph in a pile of photos in his late mother’s possessions. She stayed in the same building where Sandy’s father owned a television repair shop.
Bob said: “I can only assume that my great granny and Sandy Dickson’s family were good friends for her to have his picture.
“I had posted the photo on a Camelon in Pictures and the Old Falkirk in Pictures Facebook pages.
“I managed to find out from a good friend of Sandy’s son Jim that Jim had moved to Shetland and had became a skipper on a boat”.
Lauri said: “We called him (Sandy) Pa. He was a keen photographer and took lots of photos.
“Dad was born and raised there (Camelon) but they came to Shetland for the summer holidays.”
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