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Chapelcross focus of Canadian thesis

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

MEMORIES and stories about the history of Chapelcross are being sought for by a Canadian university student.

Grant Gillies, who studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, is working on his Masters thesis which examines the history of the nuclear power station.
He is keen to hear about Chapelcross and its initial opening in 1959 and then the first ten years of operation.
Grant said: “I am looking to add elements of oral history to my project. I want to tell the history and experience of the people who managed, designed, worked, and lived alongside the nuclear station.
“I am curious if residents in Dumfries and Galloway had worked, or still work, at the plant, and what the station has meant to the surrounding communities.”
He added: “Would any local residents be willing to share their experiences or stories about Chapelcross and its impact on the community?”
Grant will be in the area next month for three weeks carrying out research and hopes to meet potential interviewees then.
Anyone who can help is encouraged to contact him via email at [email protected] or call (1) 778-886-3426.