"My Uncle Hector and his wife, Peggy, owned a fruit shop / deli
at Holy Corner for many years.
I have fond childhood memories of my Mum being given balsa wood
baskets containing 'chipped' white peaches and occasionally
pomegranates. My sister Jackie, my brother James and I could
choose one piece each and enjoy."
These fruits seemed
so exotic at a time when we were living at Magdalene and my mother
was only able to purchase a couple of apples, a couple of oranges
and a banana on a Saturday.
"My Grandpa James (Jimmy Hastie) had a grocers shop along with
my Grannie Agnes (Craig) at Brunstane Bank in Joppa - I think in the
1970's. The shop was sold to Mr. Bryce who used to drive a
mobile bakers' shop around our scheme in Magdalene."
On the Streets
Magdalene, I remember:
rag and bone man. Regardless of how many clothes you gave him, you
still got the same 'gift'
the chip van with its vats of boiling fat
the fish van
the fruit van (which definitely allowed my mum the chance to buy
more fruit for us because it was cheaper)
Mr Rendall's mobile grocer shop.
Also Barrs juice lorry
and, my favourite
the old man who used to come round with a box of toffee apples
for sale for 6d, He would shout:
carefully place the box on the ground and then snort loudly and then
'gob' right next to the shiny red caramel-coated delicacies.
This did not bother us children, but my mum was mortified."
Argyll, Scotland: October 8, 2009