Girvan war hero celebrates 90 years young

BIRTHDAY WISHES: Wullie Nisbet celebrated his 90th with friends and family at Ainslie Manor.
BIRTHDAY WISHES: Wullie Nisbet celebrated his 90th with friends and family at Ainslie Manor.

GIRVAN man Wullie Nisbet celebrated his 90th birthday at Ainslie Manor on Tuesday January 8 along with family members and friends.

Wullie is a native of Girvan and was born on January 8 1923 in McConnell Square, which used to be situated in Mongomerie Street just along from Queens Hotel.

The street has been captured on canvas by the artist Mr Paterson.

Wullie’s niece, Loraine Villiger, said: “I remember a few years back I took Wullie to the exhibition that was being held in the McKechnie Institute of Mr Paterson’s famous paintings of the square.

“Wullie walked round each one and told all the history that he remembered as a boy, and recalled families such as the Campbells, Raffertys. McDines, Kerrs, McGlynns, Sutherlands, Kevins, his Daddy Ned’s brother Neil, and his family among many more.

“He said times were very hard but people were contented enough. A place that should never have been demolished and would have been a great heritage for the town.

“Wullie was a Paratrooper in the Second World War and was part of the Market Garden Operation that went so badly wrong. He was dropped behind enemy lines and fought with comrades to try to take the bridge at Arnhem.

“The film “A Bridge Too Far” almost tells his story. He was one of the few that managed to escape when so many were captured. He often said he does not know why he was spared when so many of his comrades died.

“Wullie had many lucky escapes - from shells falling at his feet and not exploding to artillery blowing him off his feet. He is a remarkable man and well kent, and I thought it fitting to say a few words on his 90th year.”