The Legacy of By Alastair Borthwick
The broadcaster and writer Alastair Borthwick was born on 17 February, 1913 in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, and passed on 25 September, 2003. He was brought up in Ayrshire’s seaside town-Troon before he relocated to Glasgow as a teen. Borthwick cleared his high school education at Glasgow High School at sixteen years, prior to joining the Glasgow Evening Herald where he served as a “Telephone Boy.” Also, he was tasked with the duty of noting down copies from the calling-in reporter. Borthwick joined Glasgow Weekly Herald for a busier role as a writer and editor of the film reviews. He also wrote on women, children, and readers’ queries in addition to being the regular front-page contributor and a crossword compiler.
As per mybooksource.com, Alastair Borthwick discovered his love for rock climbing and the escalating outdoor recreation scene during his involvement with the “open Air Page’’. He wrote about most of his experiences in the paper and later used the materials to write different books. For instance, he published the “Always a Little Further” book in 1939, which is a classic exposition of domestic mountain adventures. Borthwick wrote the book during an era in which mountaineering and climbing literature comprised formulaic expedition pieces, such as, journeys to exotic places; a reservation of the wealthy class. Besides, he vividly captured the start of the “grass-roots” movement access of the Scottish hills by the unemployed and the working-class of Clydebank and Glasgow. He wrote a book entitled Battalion.
In the course of his career, Borthwick worked at the Daily Mirror for a year as a reporter but later left for a radio broadcasting job. He first did broadcasting in 1934, and his last was in 1997 although he also engaged in other types of jobs. In 1938, he operated the Empire Exhibition Press Club where he operated as a radio commentary from the tower of the exhibition.
Borthwick most prominent role was when he served at the fifth Seaforth Highlanders as an intelligence officer traveling across Sicily, Europe, North Africa, Normandy, and Holland. From the experiences in the war, he was asked to document the history of the Battalion, leading to the publishing of his book Sans Peur in 1946 although the copy was republished in 1994. He was also privileged to get the Scotland appointment to work as the Secretary of State to organize for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Today, Borthwick is celebrated as a hero with many people still learning from his experiences.