Clippers and canaries


Forfar Probus Club member George Richardson addressed over 50 members at the recent meeting of Forfar Probus Club, presenting a talk intriguingly entitled “Clippies and Canaries”.

This was an insight into the changing roles women played during the Great War and how they carried out a multitude of industrial tasks which had previously been the work of men.

The “Clippies” job on tram cars was taken over by women, and the reference to “Canaries” related to women working in munitions factories whose skin took on a yellow hue owing to exposure to some of the chemicals used in making explosives.

George interspersed his very informative talk with humour in spite of the grim picture of warfare he described.

David Kidd, very eloquently, proposed the vote of thanks.