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CHRIS FREAR, from Thornhill, near Dumfries, runs Precious Voices, a company that transfers recordings from old audiotapes to CD.
Recently he received a request that was a first. May Clark, from Glasgow, told him the voice she was hoping to preserve wasnt human. It was a budgie!
May (53) explained that her old cassette tape had a recording from nearly half a century ago of a New Year family gathering at her gran Agness home in Rutherglen.
May reckoned that among the warbling and excited chatter was the voice of grannys favourite pet Joey the budgie.
She thought hearing his voice again would really cheer up her mum Mary, whos 87. Joey was a real star and the only one of the familys long line of budgies who could talk. And, boy, could that pretty boy talk!
Hed chirrup, A piece and jam and Cup of tea for Davie that was Mays grandad.
Hed call, Wee May Clark when he saw her and announce, Here comes Mary when he saw Mays mum coming up the street.
Once the minister came over to wish everyone Merry Christmas.
Quick as a flash, Joey piped up,
The recording of the Hogmanay bash in the early 60s was made on a reel-to-reel tape, then copied on to the cassette years back.
May was pretty sure it had Joey on it. But rather than spooling through
the worn cassette and
That way her family wouldnt lose the cherished voices from the past. And what about Joey? Chris copied the tape and told a delighted May he could hear the chatty budgie in the background.
The other week she got her CD and immediately played it to her mum. There was laughter and tears as they enjoyed the memories the voices conjured up. Then Marys face lit up as she heard Joey loud and clear after Chris had worked his magic.
There was his catchphrase, A piece and jam, and the sound
of the cheeky bird shouting something at
Thanks to the new lease of life for the old Hogmanay tape, Joey the budgie is one old acquaintance wholl never be forgot!
Bob Smyth, Sunday Post. Reprinted with permission.
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