Thanks for that HH - most interesting , and I have a job out in Johnstone tomorrow morning
We had a visit on Doors Open Day this year in Dumfries and Galloway to the Ukranian chapel within what remains of the Hallmuir prisoner of war camp near Lockerbie.
From the Dumfries and Galloway site:
"This very rare chapel (probably the only one in Scotland) was built by Ukrainian Prisoners of War at Hallmuir Camp, who in 1947 were sent from Italy to Scotland rather than being handed over to the Russians and a potentially terrifying future. The basic building is a simple army hut clad with painted corrugated asbestos cement sheet.
The chapel still presents an authentic Ukrainian interior, complete with tinsel chandelier, and is still in use by the Ukrainian community, who, since they were not able to return home after the war, stayed in Lockerbie and Lochmaben, found work in the area, married local girls and brought up their children to respect their traditions.
The building is Category B listed, and its unique value to Scottish and world history is increasingly recognised. " web
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One of the people looking after the place is the son of a former inmate. Very interesting chap.
Pay a visit while the place is still there - the Ukranian Embassy wanted to buy the hut and relocate it
"Single storey prefabricated hut with pitched roof converted by Ukrainian Prisoner's of War during 1942. Painted corrugated iron walls with an asbestos roof and timber frame set on a concrete base.
Interior painted and wallpapered with iconography at one end and wooden pews. "link