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Bute might feature in the BBC’s Coast series

Although it’s only a rumour, it’s being suggested that the Isle of Bute could be seen in the BBC popular ‘Coast’ series:

BUTE could feature in a future series of the BBC’s Coast documentary series, the island’s tourism and marketing group has been told.

The annual general meeting of VisitBute this week heard that the makers of the popular programme had shown an interest in examining the island’s role in the Second World War and in filming Rothesay’s famous Victorian toilets for possible inclusion in a future episode.

Bute in line to feature on ‘Coast’ – Local Headlines – The Buteman

The island played a significant role in the conflict, and its contribution is probably not the most widely known.

Much of the background to Bute’s role can be found here:

Isle of Bute V-Day

The Kyles Hydropathic Hotel at Port Bannatyne was requisitioned to serve as HMS Varbel, where much of the testing and training for Britain’s secret X-Craft was carried out, as was most of the training for Britain’s submariners.

Sadly, the grand hotel was unable to survive the cheap package holiday deals of the 1970s, and was demolished, but can be seen in the memorial picture below (if you cannot read the text, please click on the image to see the original):

Kyles Hydropathic memorial

Kyles Hydropathic memorial © Zak

Further pics of the memorial garden at Port Bannatyne can be seen here, and here.

Although relatively small, Bute also had boatyards which were pressed into service to repair was damaged vessels.

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March 14, 2012 - Posted by | Naval, World War II | , , ,

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