Last week a radio piece entitled "The Night the War Came to Almonte" was aired on CJHR 98.7 FM Renfrew (Valley Heritage Radio) to coincide with the anniversary ceremony that took place the evening of December 20th in Almonte. The piece will air again on December 27th which marks the 70th anniversary of the 1942 Almonte Train Wreck.
The broadcast features, the voices of train wreck survivors Mervin Tosh (now deceased), John Southwell Sr. of Carleton Place, and Ed Muldoon of Ottawa. Accounts from the Dec. 28, 1942 edition of the Ottawa Evening Journal are read by Shirley Walsh of Carleton Place. Fiddle "lament" pieces recorded in the Almonte United Church in 2003 by Rick Legree of Mississippi Mills are featured throughout the piece. The broadcast ends with a performance of “Amazing Grace” by the Royal Scots Guard.
We hope you all get a chance to listen to it.
Should you not be able to recieve this station where you are, just go to www.valleyheritageradio.ca and listen to the livestream on your computer.
A new book on the Almonte Train Wreck is available now. Proceeds will go to support the North Lanark Historical Society. To order copies email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!