Friends of Culzean


Supporting the National Trust for Scotland's Culzean Castle and Country Park

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Step Back in Time to 1945

Over 4000 visitors enjoyed this superb event on Saturday 18th September to celebrate 60 years of Culzean in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The weather was fine and everybody had a great time.

The Kennedy family handed over the magnificent Culzean Estate to the Trust in 1945. Since then, much work has been undertaken by way of restoration and nowadays, conservation, to ensure the Castle and its estate are preserved for future generations to enjoy and admire. ‘Step Back in Time’ celebrated this work and the foresight of the Kennedy family by presenting the castle as it might have been in 1945.

There were many attractions to entertain visitors. At Home Farm there was a wonderful old funfair carousel with horses and music to excite younger visitors. Outside the restaurant was an anti-aircraft gun and on the walk down to the castle there were displays of old farming equipment, wartime mobile medical units and a range of very fine American army vehicles. In the courtyard outside the castle shop there was a street party; fruit juices, sandwiches, jellies and ice cream - as much as you could eat! What a brilliant idea. In a large marquee on the castle lawn there were a range of entertainments throughout the day including comedians and bands. The castle itself was of course beautifully decked out and full of activities to get visitors involved and enjoying themselves, from singing and dancing in the Round Room to catering in the Kitchen. And everywhere you looked there were people in costume. Nurses, soldiers, ladies and gentlemen in the latest ’45 fashions as well as General Patton and Field Marshall Montgomery zipping around in a jeep. There was one poor heavily bandaged soldier who staggered around all day and never seemed to get medical help!

It was also a great pleasure to see so many influential visitors there, including the Provost and the Marquis of Ailsa.

On the night before the event a large diner-dance was held in a marquee on the fountain lawn. This too was a great success.

It only remains to thank all those who worked tirelessly to make this event such a great success.