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 Post subject: April 2008
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:29 pm 
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Hi Ronnie You do tell a good story with a great punchline! You know McArdles does ring a bell! Memory is such a funny thing. Loads of people remember stories about Greasy Peter's and his family etc. But I can't recall finding any reference to the family who had the Rainbow Cafe. Michael McGrory/Amelia/TenQuid can you please help us out here? And yep, the American Cream Soda was a treat wi the icecream. Double nougats and oysters were a once in a blue moon treat and tasted all the better for it. My grandfather swore that "ANNIE'S THE TALLIES ICECREAM WAS BETTER!" That last statement was a bit non PC so I put into quotation marks. Apologies to anyone outhere of Italian extraction. Problem was you had to run very fast as it was a wee bit further away along Rutherglen Road and would melt in no time. His favourite tipple apart from a good dram of whiskey was an icecream drink made of Vimto and Icecream-probably enjoyed after a huge hangover! Cheers Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
29/04/08
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I lived 117 norfolk street accross from the library, which is still there, went to st johns nursery school and then st johns primary school in the early fifties until 1960,lived above johnstones newsagents and hardwear. School pals were sammy couclough, and andy johnston from salsbury place, i remember crisp shop in south portland street and fergusons the bakers opposite my home..moved from there in the 60 clearances to priesthill..where no community existed..anyone know my family??

Submitted by: Billy McGowan
Glasgow, Scotland
29/04/08
Email: wmmcg@btinternet.com
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FAO Father Devlin, I have tried, multiple times, to find anyone who might have known Kathleen Madden of 125 Hospital Street and/or the Mulraneys who may have lived on Portugal Street. The time frame is late 1940s to early 1950s. So far, no-one has responded. Since both families were Catholic and attended St. Johns, I wonder if you can assist in any way. Thank you in advance for your time and any help you can provide, Susan

Submitted by: Susan
LA, USA
29/04/08
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Amelia, you are asking all of us if we can remember the picture houses from the Gorbals up to Cathcart, well, one time when I was home on holiday, I bought a book entitled: "100 years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas," written by Bruce Peter. It is a great read and gives the history of all the pictures houses all over Glasgow. About the Paragon it states that a man named "Wee Titch, an infamous Gorbals bookie (nicknamed after a popular music hall star called Little Titch) converted a Free Church building in Cumberland Street into the Paragon. Wee Titch intended to operate it himself and had installed a manager called George Archibald, but he sold it immediately to Richard Singleton who was keen to get part of the Gorbals cinema business. Richard's son George recalls that Archibald 'left soon after Father bought the place. He became manager of the New Bedford then went on to become the managing director of Odean cinemas and subsequently supervised United Artists' activities in Britain when they took a stake in the Odean in 1940. He ended up as Lord Archibald a far cry from his early days at the Paragon in the old Gorbals'. Apart from new external canopies and a projection room, the bldg. was hardly altered from its original use and the dingy interior retained the original church pews. George Singleton remembers 'the patrons were a tough dirty lot and to maintain cleanliness, the place was saturated in carbolic disfectant. There is more but I will end here. I, myself, went to the Paragon for years and never, ever smelled any carbolic odour in the Paragon. They used to say "That you went in with a coat and came out with a waistcoat" as there were so may fleas in the place. Does anyone remember the song we used to sing at the Saturday afternoon matinees. It started with "From far and near we gather here for the picture show...." Now let me know if anyone remembers all the words....

Submitted by: Margaret Burgdorf (McGettigan)
Westfield NJ, USA
29/04/08
Email: glenmornin@aol.com
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Picture hooses: Ritz,Paragon, Wellington Palace read Bees, Greens, EE's, Coliseum, Bedford, Majestic Sticks, Calder, Govanhill, Hampden, Florida, Waverley, Cosmo, Elephant, Tudor bound tae have missed some anyway just trying the grey matter the few wee references tae the nut and sweetie shops ye couldnae swing a cat in minds me o' a guy I knew bit o' a lad anywey he goes intae wan o' them an' creates hell wi the guy who's getting a bit nervey at the tongue lashing an eventually when he could get a word in says whit hiv a done the guy says xmas an ye never invited me tae yir staff party

Submitted by: Anon
Not submitted
29/04/08
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Hello paul i worked with thomas birrel and neil birrel back in the early sixtys plus there dad and there uncle who's names i cant remember. It was the clyde cold storage i e-mailed thomas last year but have not heard of him since i hope he is ok peter

Submitted by: Peter Diver
Oshawa Ont, Canada
29/04/08
Email: peterdiver@rogers.com
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FAO M BERNSTEIN, I also went to Abbotsford School from 1953 to 1960, and lived in Bedford St. When did you go to the school? I have been lucky enough to have found some people who lived near me and that went to Abby. AGNES

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
28/04/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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I was wondering if anyone can give me some information about the smith family of lawmoor street girls were emma mary and jeannie thanks

Submitted by: Betty Adams
Toronto, Canada
27/04/08
Email: gorbalscross@hotmail.com
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FAO C Meek We used to run about in a crowd with Peter Rae and Hugh but we had a nickname we always called him "Ushie." He done body building he worked in Wisemans when he was younger then he had an accident in some other work were he lost some of his fingers. Is Hughie still alive if so send him my regards and that a lot of his old pals have passed away. Joe Mulligan, Thomas Riley, Geordie and Rose McCann, Thomas McAndrew and then we heard that Malky Campbell had died don't know if this is true but you will know as I think you were connected to him Tommy O'Brien was in the hospital he lost part of his leg. Hughie used to come up to our house when we stayed in Moffat St and Lawmoor St. Good hearing names from the past. Amelia

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
27/04/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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fao. gorbals street steamie, I remember going to the gorbals street steamie with my mammy when I was a wee boy about 8 or 9 in the early 40s. one of my memorys was my mammy taking off my shoes and socks and making me stand in the sink full of washing, and I had great fun thumping my feet up and down to wash the dirt out of the washing. not forgetting the woman with their dresses tucked into their knickers. Do you remember, there was one man who worked there doing maintenance work. Owen Dougan.

Submitted by: Owen Dougan
Glasgow, Scotland
26/04/08
Email: g132yn@bushinternet.com
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Any info please. My mother born 1920. On birth certificate her parents were John and Mary Docherty 44 Muse Lane. Mary Docherty was previously Mary Ewart nee Thomas. Even the slightest bit of info would mean so much to me.

Submitted by: Susan Hughes
New Zealand
26/04/08
Email: susan-jock1@xtra.co.nz
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Tam frank there was a crisp shop penny bags great stuff back then and the ee pic. house peter diver

Submitted by: Peter Diver
Oshawa, Canada
26/04/08
Email: peterdiver@rogers.com
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Amelia McKinlay the movie halls i remember were eglinton st- BEDFORD- COLISEUM -BRIDGE ST -E-Es-over the bridge jamica st was that the LA SCALA showed all X certifaces ? across from CLYDSDALES NEXT TO argyle st rutherglen rd GREENS gorbals st PALACE - cumberland st PARAGON-commercial rd BEES -caly rd RITZ -corner calder st pollockshaws rd ???got it CINERAMA-- was it the GOVAN just off govanhill rd?? went to them all but again the auld grey matter is letting me down help me AMELIA ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
26/04/08
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To Rita Moffat, Hi Rita, If my memory serves me right we used to also refer to the Rainbow Cafe as McCardles, I don't honestly know why, perhaps they were an original owner. I remember often as a kid going up there with a glass jug to have it filled with ice cream & nearly always getting a bottle of American Cream Soda with which we made up ice cream drinks. Another early experience which became an often told story of my mother was when she took me to the Bees in the middle 40s to see John Wayne in the Flying Tigers. She loved recounting how during one scene when a Japanese pilot gets shot in the face a voice sitting next to her called out "Oh what a F------ mess" which was followed by mass laughter from the moviegoers. I guess it was one of my early attemps at being a comedian. Ronnie

Submitted by: Ronnie Meldrum
Perth, Australia
25/04/08
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Hi NAN (BELL) CAMERON. Glad to find out you are Archie's daughter. As I said before, he stayed with us for a short while and brought his pet rabbit, Lucy, which chewed everything in sight, including my only skirt for school. I had to wear it with fringes and holes all around the bottom. Not ideal place for the poor rabbit, up a close, in a room and kitchen. I can't believe you are in Partick, I'm there about once a week and still use Vinnie's butcher in Hyndland St. I lived there for 10years (until 1980) at corner of Hyndland St and White St.- a fabulous big flat. It's possible I passed you a hundred times and never knew we were related. I worked in school meals then, when my boys were young. That's when young Jackie popped in to say hello, but he never did phone me. Sorry to hear Hughie and son died. Never saw him after we moved from Gorbals. Could meet for coffee sometime if you like and I will look out some 'Cameron' photos. Anne.

Submitted by: Anne Smith
Glasgow, Scotland
25/04/08
Email: gorbalsmithtouring-@yahoo.co.uk
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M Bernstein --ex billy bunter to a new billy bunter NO GOOD MY FRIEND living the good life before made u into billy u got rid o him only to return like jekyle n Hyde you're best friend is your heart give him a fair go n as u say life is good it will continue to be good but fat is stroke diabetes arthritis as well as heart attack believe me i was there genes u cant do anything about but greed u can about ugly people they will always be around unfortunately my pet hate was the ones who made fools of themselves by taking the micky out of head injured people i worked in the NUT n bolt factory [that job must hiv been made for me] as i was a bit of a nutter maybe still! every factory in those days had injured folks working for them we hid a head injured boy worked for us n this guy had our poor sole chase him ducking under the stacked round iron bars causing him to hit his already broken head into the stacked up iron bars making his forehead swell the size of a tennis ball picking up a piece of 1/2inch iron i hit this bully across the bridge of the nose thats the worst of bad eyesight i aimed for his head i got the choice the sack or quit. i quit he got the sack a broken nose n 2 black eyes the disabled lad got kept on my demon wasnt in my belly but in my head cant mind my own business then 25 yrs ago my son got head injuries from a car driven by a DRUNK i became a Jekyll n Hyde not like your billy type but the crazy type leading to 3 heart attacks the last this year a quad bye pass so pal keep the tummy down save your heart and like me u will still be with the family u obviously love nice to thank those who were kind n "F" them who are not worth the time of day noo fer a big plate o chips n gravy i wish! ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
25/04/08
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Trying to find my cousin Jim Knox can anyone help?

Submitted by: David Niehus
Kyabram, Australia
25/04/08
Email: davidniehus@yahoo.com.au
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Hi Kathy, Jean here, this is a great site, just found it. I was just thinking of Hughie the other day. It is sad to say my brother Peter passed away very young here in America. I think of him and Hughie all the time. Peter was just 50 when he passed away. Jean

Submitted by: Jean Rae (Lynch)
USA
25/04/08
Email: niaroo@embarqmail.com
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Re the Kilnas: John Kilna immigrated to Australia in the late 50's with his wife Vali and son Joseph and daughter Maria - he had three more boys in Australia - John died in 1977- Stanley stayed in Glasgow and so did his brother Josie unfortunately both of them have passed away. My mother Patsy Crossan (John and Stanely's sister) came to Australia with my Dad - Andy Crossan and my two sisters and me in 1964. Margo Kilna my mother's sister and the baby of the Kilna family came to Australia in the early 70's - Margo lives in Sydney but we keep in touch by phone and with regular visits - hope that helps whomever was asking about the family Cheers Margaret Rose

Submitted by: Margaret Rose Klibbe (nee Crossan)
Brisbane, Australia
24/04/08
Email: margaret_klibbe@hotmail.com
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Just found this site. I was born in 1947, daugher of John and Sadie Harkins, only child, lived in Snowdon Street until I was ten - went to St. Bonaventure's, Holyrood, then Strathclyde U. My gran "Lizzy" Gaughan, her sister Agnes (Addy) and my aunt Nan lived in Mathieson St.and my cousins, the Pattersons: Marie, Raymond, Kathleen, Harry, Patricia and Anthony with mom and dad Betty and Harry, lived in Ballater St. I don't remember a lot, but I do remember a few people, like David Brown who went to St. Bonaventure's, and Philip Mangan who was at both St. B's and Holyrood with me. I don't see Snowdon St. mentioned a lot. I lived at number 33, just off Rutherglen Road, and I sure remember Greasy Peter's! I used to get into trouble for spending my penny on scrapings....and I remember the rag man who came round. I gave him a wool sweater for a sparkly ring, and my mother made me take it back for a tin bank! I had a collie called Major, and we used to visit a little store across the road for a "penny dainty" which major carried home. I don't think anyone will remember me particularly, but you never know - I was really quiet.

Submitted by: Frances Service (Harkins)
Ontario, Canada
24/04/08
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Interested in hearing anything regarding McLafferty families or Smyth families.

Submitted by: Liz
Hamilton, Canada
24/04/08
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Hi does anyone remember the Mooney family who lived in Surrey Street they had 4 girls and 2 boys?

Submitted by: Stevie
Not supplied
24/04/08
Email: stevie2012@hotmail.co.uk
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I remember the wee hole in the wall in clelland lane, that used to sell the tablet, macaroons etc, and of course hot nuts. I am in touch with Grandson of the man who worked there, he now lives in New Zealand, but he was born in the Gorbals the same year as me 1948. Agnes.

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
24/04/08
Email: agnesherrity@hotmail.co.uk
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To Tony Donnelly; Michael McGrory; Amelia et al Tony you prompted my wee brain-it is the only thing that gets smaller as you get older! I do remember that wee shop and you're right it was hardly a department store!- Nae room to swing the proverbial cat. But great pink coconut tablet-and macaroon bars. Used to be a stall at the barras too that sold it. But it was the mention of Clelland St that took me back a few decades. Used to skip oot with my pals on a Saturday night to the Clelland Bar to see Glasgow's Elvis Presley-Jamie Barnes srutting his stuff, singing Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede shoes etc. He had everyone raring tae go-especially the girls. Brought the hoose doon! Walked off after doing his stint, down to the bar at the other end, ordered a pint, looked at the mirror behind the bar, took oot a comb and sorted his Elvis Quiff hairdo. Brilliant turn as they say-had the place packed tae the gunnels and ROCKING. Went to see him in another pub a few years ago with his band Quotiche, (the spelling I know isnae right) Named after a Northen American Indian tribe/ Indian Chief? Still a great turn and still a "fine boy" albeit a few years older.

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
24/04/08
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Re the little shop in Clelland Street, this was actually in the railway arch. I remember it well. Especially the roasted peanuts. They were still in the shell and we would rub a handfull between our hands and blow the shells into the fireplace. My poor Mum must have been demented as there were few vaccum cleaners in those days, brush and shovel for her to clear up after us! The shop/factory that sold the macaroon was not far from Waddell Street. I am sure it was nearer the Clyde than Old Rutherglen Road.

Submitted by: Danny
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24/04/08
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When I was at Abbotsford place school I was nicknamed Billy Bunter, I hated the place, funny thing is everyone thought I was brainy because I was fat and Jewish, I failed miserabley at school and went to Adelphi Terrace, well that was an experience, I dogged school all the time, my mum got into trouble over that, but I just could not face the daily humilation I got, if Jackie Morrison is out there please listen, you were unbelivable, I left school at 15 and went to live with relatives in Widnes down in Liverpool, life was just the same, Billy Bunter arrives in Town, I ended up back in the Gorbals, locked up in my room for 2 years, hey I lost 4 stone and felt so much better, no one recognised me or knew who I was, all this time I had no job, no qualifications, but who cares Billy Bunter was dead and buried, I did get my life right and that was through meeting decent people, Henry Young thank you John Miller thank you, I got married had 4 kids, have a good business, stay up in Eastwood, life is good, but guess what Billy Bunter has returned after all these years, but I can handle it, theres a morale to this story, and I bet some of you out there remember me, I wonder what you think? Good site just got to know it, hope to hear from any old cronnies or anyone in fact.

Submitted by: M Bernstein
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
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Does anyone have any information on Peter Rae who immigrated to America, he used to be grate mates with my brother Hughie Mc Connell, he also had a sister Jean who also immigrated to America i would love to hear from him

Submitted by: C Meek
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: c.meek@ntlworld.com
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jist a wee point, yi know wut suprises mi.the woman oan this site, that never went ti the steamy at the gorbals swimmin baths, wi there Ma, ma Ma, used ti love goin there, it wiz a day oot for her,, the patter was diff. class. an they awe hid there rollers in, or in those days it wiz curlers,lol,an a remember, they used ti tuck there skirts iti there knickers, ti get ott in a hurry, aweeeeeeeeeee the good auld Gorbals days, couldnae beat it , ;)) ti clarify that, when they tucked there skirt in there knickers, it was ti get the soap oot them. a was talkin ti ma Ma yesterday, abooot it, an she still remembers it, an ma Mas 82 ;))

Submitted by: Tony Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: tond67@ntlworld.com
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Hi to kenny warren - i am looking for tommy warren as his daughter anne is my sister in law and would love to have a relationship with her dad she lives in australia and has no computer so has asked myself to help her trace him. She is willing to wait till you are well enough to help her. Kind regards and thanks for the help. cheers maggie

Submitted by: Maggie
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
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Did any of you guys drink in Bennys Bar at Gorbals Cross? my Da was a chargehand in there, his name was Tim Donnelly,, my brother also worked there, his name was, well everyone new him as young Tim, i had many a great night in there, drinkin the cheap lanny, before we went up the toon ti the dancin, lol

Submitted by: Tony Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: tonyd67@ntlworld.com
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Danny, I am quite sure there was a crisp shop in So.Portland St near Norfolk St in the 50s. Frank

Submitted by: Frank Ford
Whyalla, South Australia
23/04/08
Email: frankford@sa86net.com
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Just came accross Terrific Book-"Glasgow's People 1956-1988" Many Photographs of Gorbals:Streets/People/Shops/Kids/Schools etc. Well worth a look. Check your Local Library. Cheers Bill

Submitted by: Bill Shields
Busselton, Australia
23/04/08
Email: garbeta@iinet.net.au
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REPLY to sanny my uncle stan am afraid died 2 years ago,but he will never be forgotten a great godfather and uncle.

Submitted by: Stan
Surrey, England
23/04/08
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To Rita Moffat, hi Rita, i was jist thinking that the macaroon factory that Danny was talking about, was the 2 wee shops at Cleland St. uder the bridge, jist before you get ti thistle St, it was a wee totey shop, only enough room for wan behind the counter, they used ti sell Macaroon bars, candy apples, pink tablet, candy baws,and coconut tablet, i remember it very well, cause i used ti always wonder where they held there staff dances, hahahaha

Submitted by: Tony Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: tond67@ntlworld.com
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FAO: graham sorley your name doesnt ring any bells. I have no clue about the coal thing or you. Pat

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
23/04/08
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk
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There was a wee crisp Factory in South Portland St, Penny for a bag of broken crisps, I went to St Johns in Cleland St, and we used to go to the crisp factory for the crisps with the dinner money our Ma gave us this saved us some money to buy a couple of single woodbine, also diz embdy remember a wee picture hoose on Bridge st, called the EE, short for Electric something or other?

Submitted by: Tam Donnelly
Brampton, Canada
23/04/08
Email: tamlatim@rogers.com
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Hi born in the gorbals left when I was nine. Gina Smith was my name then. Lived at 114 Kidston st. Grannie's name was Gibbons..I went to St Francis..Father died in the RAF in 45 I came to the states in 49. My other grannie lived on Camden st. Would love to hear from some of the folks that lived there then

Submitted by: Gina Faulkner
Lebanon Indiana, USA
23/04/08
Email: gfaulkner@att.net
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FAO: D MCGOWAN. SORRY NOT THE SAME MILLER. WE LEFT THE GORBALS I961, MOVED ON TO SUNNY EASTERHOUSE. A REAL BREATH OF FRESH AIR.

Submitted by: Frank Miller
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: pmill41@hotmail.com
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Did any of you guys drink in Bennys Bar at Gorbals Cross, my Da was a chargehand in there, his name was Tim Donnelly,, my brother also worked there, his name was, well everyone new him as young Tim, i had many a great night in there, drinkin the cheap lanny, before we went up the toon ti the dancin, lol

Submitted by: Tony Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: tonyd67@ntlworld.com
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FAO: Sanny, Re: kilnas, stan emigrated to australia, some time in the 50s. My older brother Eddie, palled about with him and james thomson, when they were teenagers. Regards, Owen Dougan.

Submitted by: Owen Dougan
Glasgow, Scotland
23/04/08
Email: g132yn@bushinternet.com
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I was saying one day but it never came up my da used to take us and we had 9 waens every friday night to dirty maggies for a used comic then over to greasy peters for chips to share among us and my ma would be mad cause she was waiting for his pay but he was drunk as he was a cooper and worked in the distillery so that was our friday night. he says when we turn 15 and get a job then we can have a whole fish supper as we all shared i always got the tail ha ha love anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St. Catharines, Canada
23/04/08
Email: anne_oneill_44@hotmail.com
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Message from Webmaster: In answer to the enquiry regarding how often the site is updated. We try to update the site daily from Monday to Friday. Posts submitted over the weekend are usually posted on the Monday. We suggest that you try refreshing your browser page if you are not seeing the most recent messages. To Danny No your memory is'nt playing tricks. Down at the bottom of McNeil Street near Ballater Street there was a crisp factory and they sold bags of broken crisps for a penny. Waddell St was the next street along so it wasn't any distance at all. There was also a sweetie factory in Moffat St?? I don't remember the macaroon bar factory-and I would remember them as Lees Macaroon Bars have always been a favourite. I used nibble all the chocolate and coconut off from all sides. This would take around 10 minutes. This would leave the white icing stuff which I broke of in small pieces to eat-letting it melt slowly in my mouth. The idea of course was to make the macaroon bar last as loooooooong as possible. I only got to eat sweets when I got my pocket money at the weekend for running messages and such. Hard earned too, I might add. All week long I ran for the "messages"(food shopping) Running up to Greasy Peters most friday nights, and running back before I got a ticking off for cauld chips. Waiting for ages on a Saturday morning at the Shan Shop for Paris buns, tea bread, Big thick Abernethy biscuits and "cutting" bread. Butchers after that for maybe link sausages and stew to make the weekend steak pie, belfast ham and double yolker eggs for Sunday breakfast. Then it was back to the house to grate the carrots and turnip for my grannie to make a huge pot of broth. Then to Clines shop at McNeil St for a Blue Gillette blade and maybe a jar of Brylcreem for my Uncle James. Yes folks I did earn my widden thruppenny bit pocket money! Still do.......

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
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FAO: Owen Dougan reading through the old posts you mentioned the Kilnas Margo and her parents but no mention of Pat and Stan I know what happened to Pat but not Stan who was a great guy, any idea? cheers sanny

Submitted by: Sanny
Brighton, England
22/04/08
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FAO: Maggie, I am not at my best at the moment but if you can wait till I get on my feet I will do me best to help you, I could take you to Billys house now, but telling you the name of the street I cant, names are hard to remember where the Bridge Hotel is there is a roundabout coming from London on the A40 you go straight accross the roundabout taking the first left, then right his house is in a sort of cul de sac, everyone knows them, all Billys kids where brought up down there, I'll do my best but it will take a few weeks as I am not too well what is your connection, are you related to me?

Submitted by: Kenny Warren
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
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hehehehe, i was thinking about the greens picture hall the other day, wut a place that was, and i remember that we doorman guy Andy, as the waens where going in he used ti spray us all with DDT, out of one of those can things, i think it was because a lot of kids had Ertha Kits (nits) then, i remember going in ti the matinee, on a Sat. efternin , maybi about ten handed, one of us would pay in, and the rest would wait ootside at the emergency door till the big picture started, and the wan that got in, would kick the crash bar on the emergency door, and we would awe run in an scatter ourselfs all over the place,ahhhhhhhhhh great days, lol

Submitted by: Tony Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
Email: tonyd67@ntlworld.com
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I was born in abbotford place in the gorbals in 1947, and my name is Tony Donnelly, i was a very quiet guy, so no one will prob. remember me.

Submitted by: Tony Donnelly
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
Email: tonyd67@ntlworld.com
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Steph Duff: Pearl Scott came from Ayrshire, Cummnock, she moved to the Gorbals at 11 years old and stayed at the top of Cumberland street next to Eglinton street, I used to winch her, her dad lost an arm and he was always in an out of the jail, she came from a big family. Pearl and me had great times together, I was amazed to see someone enquiring about her, as I still think about her now and again, did you know her Billy

Submitted by: B Malcolm
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
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FAO: Pat Holland - I am looking for Tommy Warren, I know that he moved to Greenford and he would be about 70 years old. I am in need of finding him, so any help would be great and thanks for the offer. Feel free to email me, Cheers Maggie.

Submitted by: Maggie
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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I was born in naburn st c5 in 1954 my name was ann douglas mother name was margaret douglas nee cameron. My grandfather was thomas cameron who was born in the same house as i wonder if anyone would remember my family?

Submitted by: Ann McAloon
Glasgow, Scotland
22/04/08
Email: annmcaloon@hotmail.com
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I am looking for some of my cousins with the last name Morier. I think that's the spelling. Uncle George Morier married my mother's sister (Fanny Clark). the lived in Bridgeton mostly. There were 11 weans in the family. George jnr was a marital artist and another cousin lived in Germany. If anyone knows any of them, please let me know. Thanks. Paul B

Submitted by: Paul Birrell California, USA 21/04/08
Email: pbirrell@comcast.net FAO: danny you where right there was a wee crisp factory i think it was in bridge st you could get wee bag of crumbs for a penny or a big bag for tupence they where great lasted for ages olso anyone remember i think it was newspaper shop and sweet shop the woman who owned it made homemade tablet it was delicious mmmm best i ever tested i would go in after dinner time on my way back to school at bonnies if you where not fast you where last it sold out that fast. she told my mother her granny showed her how to make it and she would not tell anyone how it was made. This was in the late 50's i had a cousin who came up for visit from london she had never tested tablet before she said it was ymmmmy she asked the woman to make box of tablet to take back home. margaret. To webmaster this a great site well done keep up good work.

Submitted by: Margaret Connolly
Glasgow, Scotland
21/04/08
Email: maggie3007@hotmail.co.uk
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Come on all you "Gorbals Golden oldies" see if you can remember the picture houses stretching from Eglinton St. right along to the Oatlands then up Victoria road right up to Clarkston road stopping at the Muirend Picture house. So far I have counted about 22. Right 10 quid get the old thinking cap on HA!HA! and what about you Rita I think you are a bit younger than me so lets see how your brains are (only kidding) This posting is open to all ex-pats and anyone else who would like to join in. Amelia. PS don't be sitting up all night thinking as I'm off to bed.

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
21/04/08
Email: ameliamckilay@msn.com
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f.a.o. tam lennie i remember you black curly hair stocky built, you probably dont know me as i was three years younger went to st bonnies with tam wilson.] i believe was your cousin knew terry & pimpy kerr, did not know jim kerr from the band was his son from old gorbals boy jack.

Submitted by: Jack Duffy
Basingstoke, Hants
21/04/08
Email: jduffy4@sky.com
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FAO: Frank Miller were you an electrician, came from thistle street and worked with my Dad? Davie McGowan

Submitted by: D McGowan
Pollok, Glasgow
21/04/08
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Pat Holland, I dae rememba ya huws it goin? dae ye remember me Graham Sorley, I know we all used ta take the pee oot of ya bit that wis a long time ago, I lived in the bush for awhile doon the Uxbridge road, it wis good to see yer still kickin efter leavin the gorbals, did ye ever settle doon, remember the coal, u took a lotta stick eh? i remember a lotta funny things aboot yoo whit ye workin at in the bush, yoo dont have that butchers shoop sellin square sausages dae ye?

Submitted by: G Sorley
Inverness, Scotland
21/04/08
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Hi, does anyone remember a girl called Pearl Scott, she was a great singer from Govanhill (I think). Last I heard was that she went to USA. REGARDS, Stevie (crown st)

Submitted by: Stephen Duff
Edinburgh, Scotland
21/04/08
Email: stevieduff1543@hotmail.com
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FAO Ronnie Meldrum, TEN Quid and all who responded to the Greens/Bees issue. Thanks for your comments. Ronnie you are right about the names Gertie and Pat but i am not 100% sure of who was who. My understanding was that Peter's wife was Polish? and the nice woman who worked for them was Irish. I rememeber her soft Irish accent. Peter and Pat had a son -remember a uniform that wasn't one of the local schools colours. Anyone out there fill in the details of the Rainbow Cafe family? I remember a teenage boy whom I used to swoon over but hell - can't remember his name. Isn't that the way of it when you have a mad pash over a boy when your ten! Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
21/04/08
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I read a couple of years ago that they had found an air raid shelter in glasgow green! Can anyone else remember playing in it? (1947) near nelsons column? i lived at 14 lawmoor st between 1941-1953.

Submitted by: Jim McKinlay
Irvine, Scotland
20/04/08
Email: steviemack@mac.com
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FAO: Maggie or Kenny Warren can you tell me who you're looking for as i live in shepherds bush but i have a lot of scottish pals in greenford and surrounding area if i can help i will pat.

Submitted by: Pat Holland
London, England
20/04/08
Email: patlyonsholland@hotmail.co.uk
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I have been told that the following is purely in my imagination! I went to St Luke's school mid 1950's and one of my memories is of going to a "factory" and getting a little bag of what I remember as crisps crumbs, for my "play piece" Also somewhere near the river Clyde I seem to remember again a shop or factory where we were able to get macaroon. Is this all in my imagination? I was born 1951 and rared until the age of seven in Waddell Street so obviously memories my be enhanced. Clarification would be appreciated. This forum is quite superb, the memory joggers from other posters are first class.

Submitted by: Danny
Glasgow, Scotland
20/04/08
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My dad was born and grew up in the Gorbals and I'd like to find relatives or friends who may have known him. Owen McGarvey, born in 1929, lived on Main Street, six siblings, parents Philip and Kitty.

Submitted by: Kathleen Legris
Winnipeg, Canada
19/04/08
Email: kathleenlegris@hotmail.com
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HELP! DORIS, AMILIA, RITA, WEE WUMIN 2, ANYBODY this has got real serious my missus wis born 71 florance street the GHOST close she says it wis true i say baloney thers no such thing as ghosts EXCEPT in the gravy in caly rd lawmoor st cuase i kin prove it A SEEN HIM n its no wonder the hollow rhubarb grew so well as it got well manured that nite n from many mer kids who dared to venture into its creepy paths. i may hiv been only 7 or so at the time but i took the dare n walked thru the middle of the big driveway in a dark winters nite roon the roundabout with the big stone monument and walked slowly back were the grave stones lay at 45 degrees to let the deed out for a walk the other kids sat on the wall peerin into the darkness tryin to see THEM! you didnt need caster oil ther was no better laxative you could get than hearing a kid shout ther he is n another scream hes over ther Frankenstein meets the wolf man in the paragon didny hiv a look in although it came hellavu! close when you hid to walk home in the dark in the empty streets but to say a man died in the 1800s wi a club foot that people heard often in florance st. is pure keeck because ther wis nea florance st then it wis ROSE ST.so i think im one up on her wit do you say? ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
19/04/08
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I read your posting Auntie Ann. I sent you an email. Let me know if you get it. I can't believe it's almost two months since my Da passed on. I think of him every day and miss him tremendously. xxxPaul

Submitted by: Paul Birrell
California, USA
19/04/08
Email: pbirrell@comcast.net
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Hi Neil Maclean, this is the new email address. Try and email me a message and see if you can get through ok. Anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
18/04/08
Email: anne_oneill_44@hotmail.com
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Hi Neil Maclean, this is the new email address. Try and email me a message and see if you can get through ok. Anne

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
18/04/08
Email: anne_oneill_44@hotmail.com
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A great site. I wonder does anyone remember the Miller family from 246 Thistle Street? Ma granny stayed round the corner from Mrs Smith in Caledonia Road. Would be great to hear from someone. P.S 10 Quid your stories are great!

Submitted by: Frank Miller
Glasgow, Scotland
18/04/08
Email: frankmiller57@hotmail.co.uk
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Can anyone tell me whether a clockmaker called Mitchell & Sons had a business in Gorbals in the late 1700s, say from 1790 through to the new century? There is a clock here that has a brass face and bears the name Mitchell & Sons, Gorbals. I would like any information possible about the maker. Many thanks.

Submitted by: Barbara Frank
Not supplied
18/04/08
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FAO: tam lennie, hi tam thankyou for the info on the pirret family do you know if they are still around the scotland area, as i am in need of finding out anything about them or any other members of the family, thanks for your help ..... you can email me if you want any help would be great

Submitted by: Julie Bain
Glasgow, Scotland
18/04/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Correction to my last message. I typed in "The Washington Palace" instead of "The Wellington Palace" as the correct name of "The Bees" on Commercial Road. You see I have been watching all of the Holy Father's ceremonies in Washington, DC and I guess "Washington" was in the frontal part of my brain and not "Wellington." Mea Culpa.

Submitted by: Margaret Burgdorf (McGettigan)
Westfield NJ, USA
18/04/08
Email: glenmornin@aol.com
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The greens picture hall was in ballater st & corner of invercip street the auld doorman was called andy.

Submitted by: Bridie Taylor
Irvine, Ayrshire
18/04/08
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Hi Father Peter, good for you, ignore that numpty. Anyone that would say that to a man of the cloth or anyone for that matter is not worth bothering about Bye for now, Norrie

Submitted by: Norman McNamee
Glasgow, Scotland
17/04/08
Email: norman_mcnamee@hotmail.com
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Hi Ten Quid, I think the Greens Picture House was in Ballater st at gorbals x, kind regsrds, Stevie (Crown St,)

Submitted by: Stephen Duff
Edinburgh, Scotland
17/04/08
Email: stevieduff1543@hotmail.com
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FAO: Rita Moffit/10 Quid/Wee Wummin. Hi guys, just a couple of points from your Messages. If I remember correctly the Greens was off Ballater Street, at the Gorbals Cross end, the Bees (The Wellington) was I'm pretty sure was at the Clyde side of Commercial road or was it Lawmoor street?. Greasy Peter's wife was Pat & her offsider was Gertie. Pat did have blond hair & I think I remember my old man saying Pat and/or Gertie came from Lithuania or one of the other Eastern Europe states and of course Peter was Italian. Fond memories I have of each. Ronnie Meldrum

Submitted by: Ronnie Meldrum
Perth, Australia
17/04/08
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Message for Jean Newall who used to live next close to me in Crown Street. We spent a lot of time together as kids! John Monaghan still lives in Cumberland Street, next door to my sister...Regards Alan.

Submitted by: Alan Munro
Falkirk, Stirlingshire
16/04/08
Email: alangmunro@hotmail.com
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Any details about the mooney family who live in surrey st?

Submitted by: Stevie
East Kilbride, Scotland
16/04/08
Email: stevie2012@hotmail.co.uk
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I stumbled on this site when I was searching for the brithplace of my great grandmother, Mary Wilson Main in Rutherglen. It is so interesting to read of people's experiences and lives in Glasgow.

Submitted by: Gwyneth Thomas
Johannesburg, South Africa
16/04/08
Email: gwyneth909@gmail.com
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Paul thanks for putting the message about your dad I miss him as you will know but he will always be with me you have my e.mail address now we can keep in touch. Hope to see you in sept, love from aunty ann P.S spoke to joe he is away on holiday will phone him next bridie and i will keep an i on him so dont worry. Love your wee aunty ann xxx

Submitted by: Ann Duffy
Irvine, Ayrshire
16/04/08
Email: duffy730@hotmail.co.uk
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FAO Ten Quid Hope you are keeping well and the Greens was in Ballater St near Gorbals Cross. "Bees" was in Commercial Road between Ballater St. and Adelphi Stret. There is a Mosque built where the Greens used to be. Florence Street clinic is still in the same place but it isn't used as a clinic and across from it where Adelphi school was there is a big swimming pool built. You woudn't know the place if you came home. Do you remember the British Linen Bank at the corner of Gorbals St. and Bedford St. it still stands but it is derelict now. Amelia

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
15/04/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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Looking for info on the Nelson family from 147 Naburn Street, also the Tierney family, probably from Naburn street as well. My mum, Isabella Nelson was born in 1938 and stayed there with her brothers and sister, Frank, Margaret and William, until about 1940/41, when my gran died. My grans husband a Mr Nelson, did time in Bar/L for murder and my mum was born when he was inside. My mum's father was a man called Lanagan from Ireland! If anybody has any info/gossip on that, that would be great. My mum was brought up in Nazareth House, but she said she went to St. Luke's. Thanks, Donna

Submitted by: Donna Cullinane
Ardrossan, Ayrshire
15/04/08
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FAO: Kenny Warren - Hi Kenny I tried the Bridge Hotel in Greenford and had no joy, the manager has only been in charge for 4 years. Is there any other way to get in contact with Tommy any help would be great? I have also tried some other pubs in Greenford but no one knew of them. Please get in touch if you could help me further thanks.. Maggie.

Submitted by: Maggie
Glasgow, Scotland
15/04/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Ten Quid, you are correct about the "Bees" being near the Clyde. It was on Commercial Road and its formal name was "The Washington Palace." My brother, sister and myself used to go with my Dad and as you walked down Commercial Road several of the people who lived on the ground floor used to sell candy balls out of their open windows in the summer time. This was during the war or just afterwards. Of course, we never ever got to buy the sweeties from the windows. We saw many Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and Frankenstein and the Wolf Man pictures. Coming home after watching the Wolf Man movies, we used to be scared to walk up Commercial Lane past the graveyard in case the beast would jump out at us. All good fun in the old days.

Submitted by: Margaret Burgdorf
Westfield NJ, USA
15/04/08
Email: Glenmornin@aol.com
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Hi there Ten Quid Yep, I do think you are right about the picture hooses. I'm not being cheeky but maybe you are a couple of years older than me and have a clearer memory of the 40's. The Paragon in Cumberland Street right next to St Francis was my Grannie's favourite; the Ritz in Oatlands the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross-the building is still there but has fallen into a bit of a shambles. The Bedford and the Coliseum in Bridge Street were the posh ones. I remember waiting in line for the second hoose of South Pacific in the Gaumont? at Sauchiehall St whilst I was winching. If your laud took you to the balcony of a piture hoose "up the toon" on your first date and bought you a wee halfpound box of Dairy Milk chocs-you felt special and flattered. If however, it was a bar of McGowans toffee and the back row of the local picture hoose stalls-you knew he wiz a cheapskate and "jist efter the wan thing!" The Ducksie doesn't freeze up anymore-all it does in the winter here in Glasgow is rain from Oct to the end of April in Glasgow. They call it climate change. I can forsee that if this continues well into the future that Glaswegians will be born with webbed feet-and maybe a brolly like device attached tae the tap of there heids! Gaun too far I think with that one. I'd better stop now in case there aren't a lot of Science Fiction fans out there. Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
15/04/08
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I am looking for old friends from gorbals tommy greer from mackinly street and liz tennant from eglington street, they are man and wife would love to know how they are, they are old pals.

Submitted by: May
Glasgow, Scotland
15/04/08
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Re,"skinny malinky long legs" this is the version I remember skinny malinky long legs, big banana feet, went tae the pictures, coodny get a seet, when the picture started, king kong farted, skinny malinky long legs big banana feet. Im not sure,but I think the lassies used to sing it when playing skipping ropes. owen dougan

Submitted by: Owen Dougan
Glasgow, Scotland
15/04/08
Email: g132yn@bushinternet.com
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F.A.O. Anne Smith, I was pleased to receive the reply to my letter. You seem to have met more of the Camerons than I did. the only ones I met were your Mum Rena and uncle Jackie & Rosina. young Jackie is still in Oatlands I can give you his phone number if you like. Sadly Hughie died last year and his son Hughie the year before that. By the way did I say that I was Archie's Daughter? Hear from you soon Nanxx (forgot to say I too live in Partick just like Jeannie)

Submitted by: Nan Cameron (Bell)
Glasgow, Scotland
15/04/08
Email: partickbelle@hotmail.co.uk
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Father P Devlin although religion caused me much grief in life i still wanted to be a catholic as i believed the strictness of the church and the peoples faith made for a better citizen, but my god only knows the troubles it made for me as a youngster going to St. Francis boys guild the priest bully boy Sweeney thru me out for being a prody saying my kind are not welcome there what kind was that a humane being to the police hounding us for THINKING we were catholics and saying so the hatred built up so much i gave one rabbit eyes a going over in a dark close in lawmoor st with help from my friends. The gorbals culture made me afraid in turn this makes a person very dangerous (never corner a frightened animal) after years of trouble i met a girl, got married and the church i liked disowned her for marrying a heathen but how things change i came to oz had 2 priest friends, one a womanizer drunk and loved the horses the other a real gentleman no vices and played the guitar! and sang quite wel. My other friend for a time was chief of internal affairs and the cops hate them as they go after corrupt police but the great thing was no mention of whatever religion a person was as it should be i know that living in the gorbals has made me a very strong person as it has for many of you who read this. May YOUR god go with you and to the person who delivered that threat DON'T YOU KNOW YOU ARE DOING SOMEONE OUT OF A JOB keep the POST OFFICES OPEN ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
15/04/08
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Yes A. Munro, I do remember you, how could I ever forget you, whats going on in your life Jean

Submitted by: Jean Newell
England
13/04/08
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F.A.O. NAN CAMERON: Great to find a relative from my mum's family! I think I too was named after my Granny. I didn't know all my mum's brothers,but loved hearing her stories from 'old days' Jackie and wife Rosina lived next door to us, Rosina was a hawker and really good to us, kept us going with clothes for school. I liked uncle Jackie. Met cousin Jackie about 20 years ago, he lived in Oatlands. Archie stayed with us for a while, he was the funny one. Hughie visited sometimes on Saturdays, very popular as he gave his coppers away to all the weans in the street. Dougal and Sara visited now and again. Only met Donald at my brothers wedding when I was 33. He was kind and good company. Annie, I only met couple of times, remember she had a flat in Partick - seemed like a foreign country then! Jeanie was my favourite! Have been in touch with her son, Charlie and wife Betty for past couple of years, he found me on friends reunited. Don't know any other cousins but Charli! e knows them I believe. I must have been young when you came to Granny's house,as I only remember her vaguely. Think she died when I was four. Would love to hear from you again. Do you have any 'Cameron' stories that I can pass on to my sons? Anne.

Submitted by: Anne Smith
Glasgow, Scotland
13/04/08
Email: gorbalsmithtouring-@yahoo.co.uk
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Rita Moffat i remember ice skatin on the ducksie early 40s n sledging then too! in the summer sailing my wee yacht correct me if im wrong but was the greens not in rutherglen rd at gorbals x n the bees in commercial rd near the clyde? I think i maybe right cause im back to that 40s age again! ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
13/04/08
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FAO: Wee Woman Two- Thanks for the info, deft. dift. Peter!! His wife was called Mary and had dift hygiene habits. The family moved on from the Gorbals and are still in business, and I'm told today you get a "Full" Fish n Chips. Cheers Bill

Submitted by: Bill Shields
Busselton, Australia
12/04/08
Email: garbeta@iinet.net.au
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Well done Father Devlin, probably no relation, but I bet you are originaly from Armagh, they say "never mind, there are more good than bad, we'll be OK" and I believe that, however its about time we kinda stuck together and stood up to these undesirables, even if that means we take a few hits along the way, so sir, my hat is off to you if I could be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. I take it yer fitba days are behind ye then! Cheers, please keep yer good leg in the wan piece! Keep fightin for the people. Thomas.

Submitted by: Thomas Devlin
Condorrat, Glasgow
11/04/08
Email: t.devlin199@btinternet.com
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I lived at 29 hospital st.from 1947, as a wain I remember a mrs. o"mally a big wummin with a hat with a pin in it and a fox round her neck, having tea with my granny, maw hayes in the (kitchen come bedroom) next to the range with a blazing fire which she boiled the water on and toasted the bread. The window was broken, a piece of waxcloth nailed to it, the tap dripping, snow outside but, we were warm and cosy in that (kitchen come bedroom).

Submitted by: Robin Hayes
Manchester, Lancashire
11/04/08
Email: bombpipe@hotmail.co.uk
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Although I have not posted any mail recently, I still continue to read all the messages, I am retired now since I lost a leg in an accident, but my spirit is still high and my daily life although a bit hampered is still fine. A week ago I took a letter to my Village Police station, this letter had been put through my door by hand, no stamp on it, I am not sure how the person got my address, but it warned me not to write on the Gorbals web site again and mention a certain book . Let me say this person does not scare me My upbringing in the lowly streets of the Gorbals has given me enough strength not to worry about this threat, and I say to the person who threatened me , that I will lose my other leg, I forgive you , I have no need to make comments about a book, I have already done this fairly. I shall continue to enjoy with great pleasure to be part of this truly great web site. It would be marvelous that one day through this site that us Gorbals people could have a re-union I am certainly willing to help in any way I can. Father Peter

Submitted by: Father P Devlin
Stirling, Scotland
10/04/08
Email: Not Supplied
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Just got back from the Far East, my first time there, how do you fancy this, 30 pence for a beer, 60 pence for fags, three quid for a tee bone steak and all the trimmings, my 4 star hotel was twelve pounds a night, an amazing holiday I will never forget, the weather was a bit too hot at times but lovely, people were the friendliest I have ever met, only downside 17 hours on a plane, but on Emirates airlines every hostess came from a diffeent country it was pure magic! I am contemplating emigrating!! Good to be back and Hello to everyone. Tam Craig

Submitted by: Tam Craig
Glasgow, Scotland
10/04/08
Email: Not Supplied
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Darragh Diamond info. Above ancestors lived in Cavendish St. 1868 married at St. Johns Portugal St. Any decendants out there?

Submitted by: Anne
Adelaide, Australia
09/04/08
Email: bain3@bigpond.com
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For B Malcom. I think I started in 59 so I was probably a couple of classes above you. Played once for the school because John Wark pressured McNair to give me a try. We did not get along at all, I never lasted more than 10 minutes in p.e. before being sent to the head masters. Percy was a fun guy who had no expectations from anyone. Remeber the raids on the toilets by the prefects to catch us smoking, as if they could surprise us. Fun days.

Submitted by: Tommy Taggart
Sebastopol, America
09/04/08
Email: tigobar@aol.com
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Hi Paul e-mail on its way saw your message on gorbals live. I do miss Archie a lot we all do he was a great guy and thank you Ten Quid for your message to my nephew Paul in California it would mean a lot to him. Like most families in the Gorbals we were very close god bless you.

Submitted by: Bridie Taylor
Irvine, Scotland
09/04/08
Email: bridgettaylor778@hotmail.com
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To Michael McGrory The ducksie is still there- worth a visit when the men with their wee boats are oot. The Picture house you mentioned -I think that was the Greens-we called it the Bees. Saturday morning in my day it was a wiiden thruppence to get in and my mother told me you could get in wi a jeely jaur years before that. There was a sing a long with an organ-we use to link arms and sing tae the heavens-anyone rember the songs?? A big man used to rap a pointer against the back of the back seats if we were carrying on too much. Then they came out with DDT spray. Whit a stink-I think it was to control fleas and or airborne infection. Watered doon Ki Ora for a drink form the woman with a tray and a torch. The torch was needed as you nearly fell over yourself with excitment to be first in line for an ice lolly.The sweeties were too dear so you brought your own wee poke of midget gems to keep you going. Cheers Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
09/04/08
Email: Not Supplied
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To Bill Shields Memories of Greasy Peters... Peter used to cough and cough and spit into the fire that heated the the oil in the fryer...... Enough to put you aff your fish supper. That is if you could afford a hale wan! Greta was his wife blond lady always with the white overall, makeup and jewelry-quite glam, even when she got older. There was an Irish lady that used to work/stay with them. Don't think she ever married. Very cheery woman and a very hard worker always a kind word for the weans. She made sure you got a couple of chips or even a ten times fried fritter with your pennyworth of scrapeings. When Peter died she worked like a Trojan alongside Greta to keep the place going. Sawdust on the floor and the wee booth where you could get a Fish Tea if money was flash. Used to be a BIG ambition of mine to sit in that booth and order a whole fish tea tae myself -never managed it. I have eaten in much swanker places but the fact a missed out has blighted my life. That and the fact that I never ever got the Cinderella ! watch fae Santa that I asked for 3 years in a row!!Ah the trials of childhood thwarted ambition. Don't see the weans these days being so disapointed!!

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too
Glasgow, Scotland
09/04/08
Email: Not Supplied
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I have a school photo of my class probably around 1932 at Wolseley Street school,if anyone is interested I can send them a copy, maybe your father or mother was in my class or better still you could be in the photo.i would be very interested if anyone can recognise any pupil. I used to live at 163 Wolseley St. I shall be waiting for any response with interest.

Submitted by: Robert McCurley
St Peter Port, Guernsey
09/04/08
Email: weejimmy81@hotmail.com
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Visited Abbotford pl yesterday where my hubby was being interviewed for a job, was in Abbotford place old school where I took some photographs, IM from Bridgeton but found the school fascinating, and would be glad to share the pics with anyone from that area, you wouldnt know the place now, all new housing, but has lots its charm also, but kept lovely now.

Submitted by: Donna Robertson
Glasgow, Scotland
09/04/08
Email: maude-1@hotmail.com
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For Bridie Taylor: Auntie Bridie, I need your email address and Auntie Ann's so that I can send you my Da's online Evening Times announcement. My email address is below. Thanks for the comfort after my Da's passing. I know you miss him as I do. Paul

Submitted by: Paul Birrell
california, USA
09/04/08
Email: pbirrell@comcast.net
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£100 Reward! for any one who can put me in contact with wee Donna Mckenzie from the high flats 'Soo' Side, she worked in The Trading Post up to it shut, she was ma wee pal, and I need to speak to her before time takes its toll. xx.

Submitted by: Thomas Devlin
Glasgow, Scotland
08/04/08
Email: t.devlin199@btinternet.com
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Just saw your message jean. I know that you would remember me, Alan

Submitted by: Alan Munro
Not Submitted
08/04/08
Email: alangmunro@hotmail.com
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FAO: Kenny Warren my name is David Allen Warren I was born on 12 Feb 1956 my mother was Agnes Warren (nee Thomson) my fathers name is Thomas Warren could I be a relation of yours? Could you please contact me via email to confirm.

Submitted by: David Niehus
Kyabram, Australia
08/04/08
Email: davidniehus@yahoo.com.au
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Maggie, sorry i have not been well these few weeks I was in the Vicki for a week, yes I believe you have the right family, if you contact the Bridge Hotel in Greenford Middlesex, Tommy used to work there so did Billy, they might help you. I have been in her M P for the last 8 years and not seen them myself. but everyones doing okay, good luck Kenny.

Submitted by: K Warren
Glasgow, Scotland
07/04/08
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FAO: T Taggert I started Strathbungo in 1961. I thought Mc Nair was past his sell by date, he never had a clue about fitba, as I played for the school team. You must have remembered me I was the best looking guy in the whole school, ask Munro ha ha. Billy

Submitted by: B Malcolm
Glasgow, Scotland
07/04/08
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Hi TO TAM LENNIE. Thanks for the information on the pirret family many thanks.. another question for you if you don't mind? Do you know if they are still around the glasgow area or even any other member of the family is still around, thanks for your help.. julie bain

Submitted by: Julie Bain
Glasgow, Scotland
07/04/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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FAO: KENNY WARREN YOU HAD REPLYED TO A MESSAGE I HAD WRITEN ON THIS SITE MANY WEEKS AGO REG: THE WARREN FAMILY FROM THE GORBALS, WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE THE FAMILY THAT I AM LOOKING FOR MANY THANKS AND KIND REGARDS

Submitted by: MAGGIE
Glasgow, Scotland
06/04/08
Email: Not Supplied
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The oblong thingy do that had to be charged at the drysalters was called an accumelater cheers Nan Bell

Submitted by: Nan Cameron(Bell)
Glasgow, Scotland
06/04/08
Email: partickbelle@hotmail.co.uk
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Agnes, you were asking if anyone remembered any tiled closes in Glasgow. The ones I remember were facing the Rutherglen Road Park (Richmond Park) and my mother stayed up one when she first married my Dad. It was also a red sandstone building. They have all gone around there now as is Roseberry st. and the surrounding area. Many of the tiled closes had a gate at the front which the tenants kept locked to prevent us ruly 'weans' from tearing through them playing our many games or 'chap door run fast' or tying two doors together on a landing and then knocking to see how long it took them to break the string. Great fun for us, but not for them.

Submitted by: Jean Fairie
Melbourne, Australia
06/04/08
Email: gorbals@aapt.net.au
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To Wee Wummin Too - "Greasy Peters" could have been my Uncle, can you remember if there was a Big Dog there? (To guard Peter) from the Locals! Cheers Bill

Submitted by: Bill Shields
Busselton, Australia
06/04/08
Email: garbeta@iinet.net.au
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FAO Jinky, Yes, I do love living here. We live right by the beach and have great weather. Lots of opportunities for my kids. I know what you mean about expensive accomadation though. New Jersey is one of the states with the highest taxes. It can begin to strangle you. Even with both of us working full time it can be a struggle. My kids love living in this town so we don't want to move them to a cheaper state. I do, often, miss home though. I miss the Glasgow humor and slang. I wouldn't mind eating a bridie or fish and chips either. I do find it is a little more formal as far as talking with neighbours over here. In Glasgow everyone just hangs out their back windows talking to each other I'm still also trying to get used to not walking everywhere. You have to drive everywhere. If only my old Glasgow driving instructor knew I was driving, he would have a heart attack. I failed my test three times. Of course, I finally passed over here because the test is so much easier. Are you happy to be back home again? Once you live somewhere else you tend to feel that need to travel again. Talk to you soon Jinky.

Submitted by: Tina Kerr (Shields)
Point Pleasant NJ, USA
05/04/08
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For Ten Quid: Thanks for the kind words. My Da spent his first 35 or so years in the gorbals where there were loads of Birrells. He was the oldest of 8. Sadly, only 4 survive. My Da is sorely missed. Take care. Paul Birrell

Submitted by: Paul Birrell
California, USA
05/04/08
Email: pbirrell@comcast.net
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A few Gorbals lads worked in A&W Smith (Cook St. 1955-1960) I can only recall by name George, (noted Hard Man) & brother Alex Monteith any info.? Ta. Bill

Submitted by: Bill Shields
Busselton, Australia
05/04/08
Email: garbeta@iinet.net.au
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FAO:THANKS FOR YOUR INFORMATION ON THE PIRRET FAMILY, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK IF YOU KNOW IF THE PIRRET FAMILY ARE STILL IN THE GLASGOW AREA OR EVEN ANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ARE STILL AROUND. YOU CAN CONTACT ME BY EMAIL IF YOU LIKE AS I AM IN NEED TO FIND THIS FAMILY... THANKS JULIE BAIN

Submitted by: Julie Bain
Glasgow, Scotland
04/04/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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Hi Alex I remember you well your da was a lovely man he made a great curry we used to steal the chicken out of it when he wasnt looking, I am friendly with your sister Freda.

Submitted by: Sonny
Glasgow, Scotland
04/04/08
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to Rita. I've been looking at some old pics on Mitchell's site and along with these postings the memories are coming back. When I look at the new Gorbals in present day pics, there sure are changes. The red blaes football pitches are green grass, the Sauny Pon and the outside gym have gone. As I said, I left Moffat St in 1950. Was back a few times to visit my folks and relatives. But, it is 55 years since I was in Hutcheston. I met one of my school pals, Jimmy Mc Tague in Egypt in 1944. We were at an RAF. Gunnery school. I had just about finished the course and Jimmy had just arrived to get started. I learned later that Jimmy had not returned to base after a flight. After the war I tried to contact his family, he had a brother William, but there was no joy. I think the family had moved. And I met Jackie Fair of Mc Neill St about 1945, All through the years since I can only remember seeing Eddie Morrison from 157. Right enough , we left Glasgow from Pollok St. about 1962, I´ve been living out of Glasgow ever since. Only an occasional visit to the city these days. So, I guess it´s unlikely now that I will come upon an old playmate or schoolmate. As you say, the old time Ne´erday celebrations have gone with the Gorbals.. Times have changed a lot. Nevertheless, though it was a rough, tough time, we were happy enough . Probably because we didn´t know any better. Work was hard to get. Money was scarce. Nae such thing as debt, never heard of the word mortgage never mind have one. In fact. you were lucky to afford " key Money " that a lady mentioned to you in her posting. Going back, was there a picture hall in or around Commercial Road. Some day, I must get my zimmer washed and polished and make my way to Hutcheston and have a look see at all the changes that have occurred to that magical area where I spent many happy hours with my pals. Good Luck Rita. Aw ra best. Lang may yer lum reek. Lang may yae ga! ng. A very Golden Oldie. Michael

Submitted by: Michael
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04/04/08
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Hello to friends who tried to reach me I have my e-maIL SO BIG DEAL FOR ME TO ROSEMARY DOUGLAS AND ANYONE ELSE ON MY LORNE SAUSAGE LOVE AND THANKS TO WEB MASTER

Submitted by: Anne O'Neill
St Catharines, Canada
04/04/08
Email: anneoneill-44@hotmail.com
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I'm tracing my family and wonder if anyone remembers a shop in Errol Street in the 1920s or 30s, possibly a sweetie shop, run by Annie Mcginnigal or Kitty Lane ?

Submitted by: Fiona
Glasgow, Scotland
04/04/08
Email: fiona.pinkerton@btinternet.com
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To Amelia McInlay and Michael McGrory. Amelia your last posting shot me back to the 40's. My Uncle Alan Moffat was the painter and decorator. Just like Michael he was in touch with his creative side. Anyway it must have been around 1947-48. lack of money and/ or materials meant you had to improvise. The wee room that I slept in needed decorating, so rather than buy wallpaper my uncle distempered the wall with lime green up to two thirds of the wall. He then put a border around this and did a Greek key pattern at the corners. Very Art Deco! Trouble was the colour was very sore on the eyes-almost made them water. Improvisation was the name of the game in those days. Green paint was "aquired" via my grandfather's job in Glasgow Coporation. This was used in the lobby doors and skirting board. Made you feel as though you were entering a public toilet when you came in the front door. Some stories that came from my mother and her sisters during clothing rationing and being generally skint are quite funny. No nylon stockings and if you weren't friendly with the Yanks....... you had to do something to appear Glamorous. Some liquid leg makeup was applied and a line drawn up the centre of the leg to look like a seam. You had to make sure that you kept in with whatever sister was drawing the seam on for you or they would make you appear bandy legged. Nasty or what? No makeup? No problem. My Auntie Cathy used to tell me she rubbed her fingers on the dark red distemper in the close to create ruby red lips and the white distemper to powder her nose!!!!The communial fur coat caused a lot of arguements. Whose turn was it to wear it was the issue. it was an old mottley thing made of rabbits fur and stinking of moth balls- YOU WOULDN'T BE SEEN DEAD IN these days in dead animals skin! There were even big fights over who the coat originally belonged to. No one could agree on that subject. The Brigait was a good source of togs that could be washed pressed and altered to ring the changes. Patterns were bought and the Brigait was visited to provide the cloth i! n whatever form could be got. Old fashioned taffeta evening dresses or even silky curtain material. Aye girls we don't half have it easy these days. Like most women I have more clothes than I could pssibly need. But I hang on to them for dear life- whether they fit me or not.( Most don't as I have a tendency to grow!?)I think this hoarding mentality is definitely a kick back from memories of scarcity. Cheers to all Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
04/04/08
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Tam Lennie, Hi ther yer name is familiar i seen it on the board before but lately puttin names n faces together gives me a wee bit trouble just like terry when we went ti the cooper dancin this lassie MAMIE -VAN-DORIN double nobody wid dance wi her except terry wit a pair duckin out the way when he spun her round the headlites would knock you out or terry lanky drainpipe legs kick yer head off when he danced i didnt SAFETY FIRST! remember jim well real quiet guy went home 84 i think n had a look at a club n castlemilk seats were wee school things 2 bob ti get in theres this grey haired guy playin darts n givin me the once over n i knew the face not then but YEARS later we run as most of us did wi the cumby n he got me ti go ti the glasgow cup final whenever that was n clyde beat celtic YUCK! ive nea money it will be rite when we got ti the gate he vaulted over the turnstile the guy opened his wee door shouting you bas then shut it again n i said aye they are mr. n vaul! ted after him never told me wit we were gonna do i thought good guy shoutin me inti the game we went ti the shoe shop at the glasgow x gordens it wis mobbed in them days they kept a pair o shoes n each box he tried a pair on stuck his old ones in the box took another pair under his arm n said walk beside me out the shop i felt like his wee toy poodle 2 pair a shoes for him a pat on the head fer me!noo he was 5-10 fair hair a long neck he was well known ti all except the hight o ignorance ME! he went ti the army the same time as you did n i think he was a bricky NO U TAM?LOLO i dont put my name on this board got some bad karma but i ran about alot wi chick mcqueen n i heard my name sake done a bad job on chick i heard terry died a few years back he wouldn't hiv been very old?I remember most events but names @#@#*FSAKE! AWERA BEST TAM TEN QUID

Submitted by: TEN QUID
Oz
04/04/08
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Agnes; It has been many years since I lived in Glasgow, but I seem to remember the close at the corner of Gorbals and Cleland Streets, next to the Kiosk was " china."

Submitted by: Joan
U.S.A.
03/04/08
Email: artandjoan@comcast.net
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Hello Rita, thank you for the name of the caretakers of St Mungo Halls. Yes, I remember Katie worked "with fish" as I remember her white overall that she used to wear. I was quite young but I remember going to their flat to visit them. I knew her and Jock had grown up children but I never knew any of them. I remember that they were a lovely couple though. On another note, can anyone remember Mr and Mrs Rankin from St Mungo Halls, can anyone give me anymore information about them. Thanking all in anticipation. Cheers Linda

Submitted by: Linda Monk
Derbyshire, England
03/04/08
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Paul Birrell beautifully said n as a da i hope when my time comes i can look down n hope my sons say the same or similar about me he sounds like a da who lived as i do for his family n i am sure he is proud of you may your god go with him ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
03/04/08
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Hi Anne pal jamiaca pepper or seasoning was aspice that the butcher put ower your pork chops or something thats went out of favour now called beef ham which was a pickled topside o rump that was then rolled and cut very thinly on a ham machine it was delicious but i think that the fact the meat turned very dark put a lot o the young folk off anyway Jean wid it be possible for me to send u some rose pink seasoning its the least I can do to reward your tenacity let me know and I'll get you a few pounds at a butchers suppliers no charge let me know if thats acceptable.

Submitted by: Neil Maclean
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
Email: neil@neilmaclean.wanadoo.co.uk
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Last year my doctor suggested that I take a test to see if I had a stomach bacterium called "H Pylori", this bacterium leads to gastritis and peptic ulcers, and possibly to stomach cancer. An abnormal number of his Scottish, read Glasgow, patients tested positive. The old tests were involved and expensive. The new , and inexpensive test, require the patient to blow into an aluminum baloon. I took the test, proved positive, too six pills over six days, retested and was found clear! The doctor in question is no slouch, He specializes in Family Medicine, teaches at The University Hospital, and was The Canadian Physician of the Year two years ago. Last year he delivered a paper on H Pylori in Glasgow. The problem is caused by exposure to unsanitary conditions in childhood, not difficult to imagine with the old stairhead dunnies etc. It might be worth mentioning to your doctor on the next visit.

Submitted by: Davie Graham
Edmonton, Canada
03/04/08
Email: mcscrum@telus.net
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FAO Julie Bain I Remember The Pirret Family Well They Stayed Up The Same Close As Me 233 Florence St The Father And Mother Were Willie And Jeanie The Three Kids Were Jean George Billy I know Jean Married John Douglas They Had A Son Ian John Died Years Ago Jean Would Be About The Same Age As Me Im 71. I Remember George And Billy But They Were A Bit Younger Than Me The Pirrets Were Cousins Of The Coynes Hope That Helps You Julie.

Submitted by: Tam Lennie
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
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DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE PIRRET FAMILY FROM FLORENCE ST, THEY MAYBE PART OFF MY FAMILY SO WOULD LIKE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH THEM ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT HELP.. THANKS JULIE

Submitted by: Julie
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
Email: julievain@btinternet.com
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I lived at 492 Rutherglen Road my uncle had a shop on Rosebery Street fruit and veg his name was John Feely he died quite sudden his wife was called Sarah and 2 daughters Ilene and Anne they are my cousins. Anybody know the whereabouts of the Feely family their home address was Rutherglen they were happy days I went to St Bonaventures 1961 mums friends lived on 226 Crown Street Betty and Frank McCabe love to hear from someone who knew these folk. I lived also at 12 Roseberry Street. My fathers name was Pat and my mothers name was Grace. We lived facing the Ferry Bar pub for about 5 yrs. These were the best days of my life my friends were Hellen and Christine Weymes they moved to queen elizabeth square high rise flats I would love to hear from those people again I now live in Manchester recently came back from Central Queensland Australia. when I left the Gorbals we moved to Arnold Street Ruchill bit would prefer the Gorbals by far. The people were so homely does anybody remember Irish Paddys corner shop corner of Rutherglen Road and Caledonia Road I used to get a penny worth of iron brew in a little glass in the summer it barely quenched the thirst but gratefull for small mercys I also loved the fair at the Glasgow Green my other cousins were Nancy and Ellen Harte Braehead Street their dad was Frank, mother Maggie. We used to go to the washouse to do the washing with a big pram on a Saturday and around the corner was a swing park and a shop called Clarkes and I think there was some pictures shown on a cine camera near Clarkes shop on a Saturday. Now only fond memories.

Submitted by: Feely
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
Email: marydownunder@hotmail.com
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FAO Tina Shields, Jinky here no kids yet I was working for my brother in law in Jersey he has a building business there, it is a nice place to live and work but accomodation is very expensive I take it you like it over there the length of time you have been there I've been to vegas twice, once when I was Danny Mcleans best man and the other for the celtic convention its a nice place cheers now Tina

Submitted by: John Johnston
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
Email: Not Supplied
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To Michael McGrory The thingie do that you said went to the cobbler to get charged-if it is the same big oblong thingie doo that the Drysalter in Rutherglen Road used to charge-only hazy memories of this. Quite clear memories of the lovely hand grained doors-I was only about 6 at the time! The other innovation was the terazza doorsteps-nay mere scrubbing till the wood was white, a wipe did the trick. Then of course was the fancy door mats to set everything off;the brass or chrome companion sets companion sets with the wee brush, shovel and poker that sat inside the fender of your nice tiled interior grate. What was a big palaver, but now much missed was the lead up to hogmany. The house was scrubbed clean from top to bottom;windies cleaned with vinegar a newspaper-curtains washed ironed and rehung with maybe new paper blinds wi tassels, wee new lace half curtains to freshen up the windae look. Lino floors and furniture polished with Mansion Polish. Loved to wear dusters on my feet and skate up! and down the long lobby at 66 McNeil St till the floor shone. Ashes from the fire taken down late, so late that most times by the time the bells came the middens were all on fire! At the stroke of midnight a sharing of "halfs" from everyones whiskey bottle. Sherry or port for the women. Weans tried to copy with chinking glasses to cheers, from a ginger cordial bottle. Then a big sit doon dinner. Steak Pie from the Co-operative, dried peas soaked for a day and loads of totties so that the meal could do the loaves and fishes trick if need be. "Currn" bun. slices of maderia cake a wee fingers of shortbread. Windaes open wide to hear the horns from the boats comming up the clyde. A listen to the door for the first foot wi the bit of coal-to bring you luck for the rest of the year. A big sing song followed where ye dare not sing from anyone's wee list of favourite songs -" I know a Millionaire whose burdened down with care," was my uncle Harry's song and "Why did you make me care! BELONGED to my Uncle Allan. etc etc Now New Year seems to be a non event taken over by a much commercialised Christmas. Ah well, Michael we still have our memories......... Regards Rita

Submitted by: Rita Moffat
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
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To Ten Quid Aye your too right it is a problem the world over. But the old saying about where there is muck there is money is spot on where drugs are concerned. Many good as well as the not so good parents have to suffer the results of drugs and have their sons and daughters turn into people they can't recognise. Stealing from parents and grandparents selling their body for a fix. And it happens in well off areas too. They are just able to hide it more. Maybe your right and people should take on more of the responsibility of getting rid of the vermin who punt the drugs. You would need to be very brave to act alone though-dealers might get at your kids or other members of the family. I think it would be better to act in neighbourhood groups-acting with the polis and hold local and nationaly elected individuals to do what they are paid to do -take action. Cheers the noo. WWT

Submitted by: Wee Wummin Too
Glasgow, Scotland
03/04/08
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Hi love reading all about the Gorbals thought I would ask if any one remembers the FRYER family who lived at No.16 Gorbals Street and also a girl called Emily Trivett or Isabell Paterson?

Submitted by: Connie
Adelaide, South Australia
03/04/08
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What an amazing site! I've only come across it recently, but in the process have found a second cousin of mine who lives in Canada. She was asking if anyone knew her Grandmother, Catherine Kane who lived at 25 Eglinton St. I nearly fell off my chair as she was my great grandma. The emails have been flying thick and fast since. And there's a happy ending/beginning as my cousin is coming to visit me in June. Thanks Webmaster...you're a star!!

Submitted by: Cathie
Herts, UK
03/04/08
Email: catkan@tiscali.co.uk
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For Malcom from Easterhouse. What years did you go to Bogie? I remember McNair, could not get along with him. Was Happy when I got Percy instead.

Submitted by: Tommy Taggart
Sebastopol, America
03/04/08
Email: tigobar@aol.com
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Alex here. How many of you can remember what your old street was called before ,I was born in Warwick st in 1947 then in 1949 it changed to Nicholson st. And does anybody remember the wee grocer's shop at the top of the street Ina Martins. I have read all the books about the Gorbals. Must say the best one is called the magic of the gorbals. 1914 till 1960. I went to Buchan St primary then onto Adelphi. No matter were you are always remember we were all poor (Who cares as long as we were happy raking the old middens in Victoria road for Luckies ha ha) take care everybody best site in the world. Alex here in Cumbernauld

Submitted by: Alex
Cumbernauld, Scotland
03/04/08
Email: stal1151rsg@yahoo.co.uk
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FAO: B Malcolm hi ther a lot o water under the bridge since i went ti bogie i refused ti play rugby alot o us did n the PTI put us up for 6 o the best in front of the whole school a guy called McCreaner would pull his hands away n say are yi blind yi missed with his bowry boys american accent he adopted n his second year shuggy cameron kept his hands in his pockets n refused ti take them out i got the 6 n if u remember the honor boards above the headmasters office we were lined up facing them with all the pupils marching in up the stairs staring at us n i stared at them especially the nice sheilas boy did it hurt but i would not give them the satisfaction of seeing me cringe n after that the choice of fibaw or rugger as it was called then was brought in ! the reason i didn't take transport ther was first it cost money but my real reason i was inti boxing n fitbaw i was playin for kings park in those days so it was good trainin n after all it was not that far i liked the! rough n tumble of rugby but too easy injured n i liked the other sports too much as well as gymnastics the PTI was jumpin off the ground as he hit me he must hiv known another one would hiv broke me i can never remember names but one teacher ther was like frankenstien stood very erect taught maths hid eyes on the back of his head call someone out for the strap for nothing shuggy thru his school bag at him called him a n old bas n walk out woodwork had a wee teacher nice wee guy but mccreaner took a dislike to him one day n thru a hammer at him missed but smashed the blackboard so it was more like blackboard jungle then than a toffy school as some folk have u believe my troubles were more in the grounds fightin the guys n chasin the sheilas unfortunately the sheilas beat me up n the guys ran away! awera best billy ten quid

Submitted by: Ten Quid
Oz
01/04/08
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FAO jean newell 27/03/08 - is your husbands name Walter from 399 crown st? Cathie rae says hi.

Submitted by: Bill
Toronto, Canada
01/04/08
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Can anyone remember any closes in the Gorbals that were tiled and where they were? Thanks Agnes

Submitted by: Agnes
Glasgow, Scotland
01/04/08
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FAO Rita and Michael enjoying your postings and remember a lot of things you both spoke about. Before I got married and was looking for a house I remember going over to the Calton to hand what you called "Key Money" for a wee single-end facing the graveyard in Lawmoor Street. I had to hand over the money with no witnesses so I must have been paying for sunshine windows, an interior and the plain doors. After the exchange of the money I was told to go to the factor were I got a rent book. My uncle who was a painter papered my house as a wedding present the colours at that time 1956 was pink and grey he done it with a panel it could be either grey or pink and then a wee narrow border around it. When he came to the corners of the paper he done a wee fancy bit thought I was the "bees knees". Then after staying in it I had to get a bigger house room/kitchen my auntie took me to her factors so I finished up at the top end of Moffat Street and then came up to Castlemilk where! I still stay. Hated it and wanted back to the Gorbals but now I woudn't leave it. Anyway all the Gorbal people are up here. Cheers Amelia

Submitted by: Amelia McKinlay
Glasgow, Scotland
01/04/08
Email: ameliamckinlay@msn.com
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Hi Ten Quid its nice to see the name of old friends come up on the site. You mentioned Terry and Jim Pimpy Kerr. They were old pals Of mine, me and Jim he didnae like the name pimpy went to work in manchester in 1954 Up to I went into the ARMY in 1955 I only ever met Jim after that at Parkhead for tHE game. He was a great guy his son young Jim Kerr done well he created the Rock Band Simple Minds Thanks for bringing back the memory TQ.

Submitted by: Tam Lennie
Glasgow, Scotland
01/04/08
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