John McKay from Merseyside
joined West Derby Ambulance Cadet Division in May 1956. On
Saturday afternoons we worked in the operating theatres at a local
chest hospital. We cleaned equipment and prepared swabs which could
be used during chest surgery.
First aid competitions were quite a big part of our
lives with extra training at weekends. We got as far as
coming second at regional level.
In 1997 while I was providing first aid cover,
the Grand National had to be abandoned and the
site evacuated as the day went on. We were kept at
the rendezvous points and there were dozens of people in
our care who were unable to make their way home.
‘Coaches took people to the many dispersal sites round the
county. We eventually went to the reception centre and in the early
hours of the morning we got home. Ever since then the security for
the meeting has changed beyond belief.’