It was Eric Gold Eric (known to many as Eric
McKenzie), now living in East London who sent me the sketch at the top of
"I phoned Joe McKenzie last night. He
lived very near me at Dumbiedykes. I lived at Arthur Street and
he lived at Lower Viewcraig Row. He was in my class too.
He mentioned Waterson's Close. It led from
Joe's house to St Johns Hill were our school was. I've tried for years
to get the name of it (ha ha ha ha). Joe has a great memory for names
We looked again at the sketch:
Joe said the artist was bang on target with the
year, 1963. He and his family moved out of the Dumbiedykes in 1963 just
before Christmas. Cowans, my side of the brae, Prospect Street, Prospect
Place and St Margaret's church were all in tact then.
By late-1964 the whole area was
demolished and flattened.
Joe, like myself and countless others, miss our
Dumbiedykes days, as they were great memories - not because we were
wee bairns, but because the people were all one big happy family there.
Eric Gold, East London: November 27, 2007