Jackie Brown's welcome home to
Reproduced with acknowledgement to June Sutherland, the smallest girl in this
Photographer not known.
Thank you to June
Sutherland for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of the
boxer, Jackie Brown, being welcomed back to his home in Lyne
Street, Abbeyhill, in July 1958 with the Gold Medal that he won in
the Flyweight contest at the Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games)
at Cardiff, Wales.
Lyne Street Welcome
"I lived at Lyne Street from the 1950s
until the 1970s, first in a ground floor flat, then in a top flat
at 9 Lyne Street, the same address as Jackie Brown.
Does anyone remember me, or any of my
- I am the smallest child in
this photo, in the centre, smiling at the camera.
- My brother, Ian, is
centre-right, between the two boys holding flags.
- My sister, Irene, is on the
far left, holding a flag.
My Dad, Colin Sutherland, was a
freelance boxing reporter. He wrote for 'Boxing News' and
the 'Daily Mail', and later for 'The Scotsman'' Sadly,
he passed away in 1987.
June Sutherland, Oxfordshire, England: December 24, 2010 + January
Here is another
photograph of the same homecoming. It was published on July
27 1958 in one of the papers in the The Scotsman group of
newspapers, probably the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch.
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Thank you to Danny
Callaghan who wrote:
"My family were regular visitors to
friends in Lyne Street at the time of Jackie Brown's
homecoming. Our family friends stayed in the last tenement on
left on the top flat, so must have been right opposite Jackie
The family were Macara, Nellie and, I
think, Jim. They had two sons older than me, Richard and
Ronnie. They could possibly be in the picture, but I would not
Around that time, they had a big win
on the football pools and moved to Willowbrae Road. Richard
became an architect and Ronnie a dental technician."
Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:
January 7, 2010
Thank you to Bill
Cunningham who replied after seeing the photo sent in by June
"I remember all June's family very
well. I lived just along the landing from them, directly below
I am the wee guy in front of photo
with the flag. It is a red ensign. My dad worked in a ship's
chandlers in Leith.
remember June's brother, Ian, introducing me to the noble art of
boxing with gloves and knocking nine bells out of me. He was
a bit bigger."
Bill Cunningham, Leith, Edinburgh: June 20,