Local memories of first steps

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong

“ONE small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

The words spoken by Neil Armstrong as he became the firt man to step on the the moon are among thwe most famous ever said.

His death this week, at the age of 82, triggered worldwide tributes to a true pioneer and a hero.

Armstrong was part of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon ion 1969 - a journey that was broadcast live to a global audience and which produced images which are now part of history.

And everyopne remembers where they were when they watched thwe grainy black and white footage beamed back to NASA’s headquarters.

As man is now exploring further afield with NASA’S £1.6bn Mars Rover sending back fascinating pictures from the red planet, people tend to forget the magnitude of Armstrong’s milestone over 40 years ago - the moon landing was one of man’s greatest achievements.

Not only did Armstrong take the first steps on the moon he was also the first man to land a craft on the moon - as spacecraft commander during that momentous Apollo 11 mission. Then with an estimated global audience of 450 million listeners, Armstrong set his left boot onto the surface at 2:56 a.m. UTC on July 21, 1969, before speaking those most famous words.

The Press has been asking for your memories of those historic steps.

Harry Wrightd: “I remember we were watching it on TV while on holiday in Aberdeen.The first thing I thought was ‘is that actually the moon?

“It was sad to hear of his Neil Armstrong’s passing. I think he was quite embarrassed that he was getting all the credit as there was hundreds of people at NASA behind the moon landing.”

Malcom and Beryl Sherris couldn’t remember when man first walked on the moon, but they put that down to the fact they were in the throws of love!

Malcolm said: “I honestly can’t remember where I was during the moon landing. We had just met around that time. So that’s why my memory is hazy!”

Beryl remembered Neil Armstrong as a ‘quiet celebrity’: “I was sad to hear of his passing. He was a good man, but I suppose a quiet man too. He was a quiet celebrity.”

Malcolm added: “Because of what he stood for and what he did, it struck me that it’s a bit of history dying in front of you.”

Charles Doherty: “I can vividly remember watching out of my window, the night before my sixth birthday, watching to see the first man landing on the moon. In my naive mind I imagined I would see the lunar module landing and then the astronauts getting out.”

Lynda Spence: “I watched it in the middle of the night in grainy black and white. It was during the Fife trades holidays and the rest of my family were away on holiday so I was at my Auntie and Uncle’s house in Rosyth as I had just started work.”

Graeme Mcintosh: “I met the man as a youngster a couple of months after he came back to earth and was presented a silver dollar by him. The greatest man I ever shook hands with.”

Mhairie Dinsdale: I was nine and on holiday with my gran in St Monans. We came from the west every year and we all sat round the landlady’ TV. i thought it was the greatest thing ever.’’