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Recollections

Merchiston

Merchiston lies about a mile SW of Tollcross, Edinburgh

Please click on one of the links above, or scroll down this page.

1.

Jimmy Letham
Elizabeth Vale, South Australia

North Merchiston School

2.

John Clark
Canada

Early Years

Dundee Street

North Merchiston Primary School

North Merchiston Boys' Club

Employment

Home

3.

Stevie Watson
Buckstone, Edinburgh

Early Years

Dundee Street

North Merchiston Primary School

North Merchiston Boys' Club

Employment

Home

4.

Bob Wyllie
Brussels, Belgium

The Terraces

The Square

Meggetland Playground

Railway Cutting

JK Rowling

5.

Bob Wyllie
Brussels, Belgium

The Terraces and Railway

Recent View

6.

Richard White
Leicester, Leicestershire, England

Hutchison's Garage

7.

George T Smith
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Garage  - Angle Park Terrace

8.

Ian Simpson
Richmond, Surrey, England

North Merchiston Boys' Club

9.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

North Merchiston Boys' Club

10.

Helen Glacken
Bristol, Avon, England

Home and School

Friends

11.

Elizabeth Raeburn-Fellows

Memories

12.

James McDougall
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Café and Chip Shop

13

Janis Cameron
Western Canada

North Merchiston Club

14

Janis Cameron
Western Canada

North Merchiston Club

Shops

Emigration

15

Michael Robert Lindsay
Royston, Edinburgh

Horne Street

-   27 Children

16

Charlie Wookey
Bristol, England

Home

Bryson Road

Who Else Lived There

17

John Roy

Hutchison's Garage

Today

18

Ivy Kerr (née Bain)
Kinross, Perthshire, Scotland

Shops

Schooldays

Work

19

Thomas Keir-Hardie
Jersey, Channel Islands

North Merchiston Club

 

Recollections

1.

Jimmy Letham

Elizabeth Vale, South Australia

Thank you to Jimmy Letham for allowing me to reproduce these photographs of school classes at North Merchiston School.  Please click on the thumbnail images below to enlarge them and to read about them.

1938-39

   North Merchiston School Class  -  1938-39 ©

Around 1940

   North Merchiston School Class  -  around 1940 ©

Acknowledgement:  Jimmy Letham, Elizabeth Vale, South Australia:  January 16, 2007

 

Recollections

2.

John Clark

Canada

Thank you to John Clark who wrote

Early Years

"My place of birth was 28 Candlemaker Row, directly above Greyfriars Pub, and looking on to the cemetery at the back."

Greyfriar's Bobby - Statue at The Bridges and Pub at Candelmaker Row ©

 

Dundee Street

"When my Dad went off to war, we moved to 146 Dundee Street in the basement area. There was gas lighting and no bathroom, but I could climb out of my window into the big backgreen for the daily fitba, or all the other games.  It was fun to go into the air raid shelters, and years later to play in them.

Around 1948. we moved one stair over to No 148. This was on the third floor, and looked over to Dalry railway station, and further over to Donaldsons Hospital.

Edinburgh Railways - Dalry Road Station ©

Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Donaldson's Hospital ©

 We had electric lights too. However the mice and the cockroaches were just as bad. It was something you learned to live with."

 

North Merchiston Primary School

"During this time, I was at North Merchiston Primary School. I loved my school, and I fell in love with one of my early teachers, Miss Jameson.  She was beautiful.  I have often wondered if she is still alive.  I would love to know."

 

North Merchiston Boys' Club

"I spent nearly all of my youth with my same buddies at North Merchiston Boys Club - later to be girls also.  Our hero and our mentor was Stanley Boss Nairn, everyone called him 'Boss'."

Games

"The club taught us a lot about life, and how to enjoy it. We exercised vigorously every day, and table tennis, floor hockey, basketball, etc was a nightly event.

We entered drama festivals, had a Christmas pPantomime every year, and we just plainly enjoyed our life."

Excursions

"We would go for weekends to Dalguise House, up near Ballater, such lovely country.

We would be taught everything about drama, even the correct make up to use and how to apply it.  Weekends hiking over the highest parts of the Pentlands with our Bivi tents, a whistle and compass and flashlight. It was always raining, but that didn't bother us."

Football

"On a Sunday morning, all of us guys would gather at 'the Pend', next to number 148, and take the tram to Colinton terminus, then walk up the hill and over to the army football pitches and play football all day, sometimes even in the moonlight if it was such a night."

 

Employment

Edwardson & Son

"When I left school, I worked for Edwardson & Son as an apprentice electrician.  Our shop was at the end of Albion Road which suited me fine, as I was a Hibee man, (unlike all my pals)."

Hibees are supporters of Hibernian Football Club (Hibs).  Hibs' ground is at Easter Road. Most of the people living in North Merchiston would have supported Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) who played locally.  Hearts' ground is as Tynecastle, Gorgie.    -  Peter Stubbs

Royal Engineers' Club

"In 1956 My Dad took on the job as Clubmaster of the Royal Engineers Club at 78 Great King Street.  I learned a lot about looking after a bar from these days."

View to the east along Great King Street  -  December 2007 ©

Patrick Thomsons

"Soon afterwards, I worked for the House of Fraser, based in Patrick Thomsons on the Bridges.

I met my wife-to-be there.  Her name was Betty Curran.   She came from Loanhead and worked as a seamstress at Patrick Thomsons.  Her whole family is here in Canada now.

I did my National Service in Cyprus from 1958 till 1960, but I came home on a leave in early 1960 and was married."

Home

"When I came out the forces, we bought a house in St Stephens street for £650. When we planned to emigrate to Canada in 1963, we sold the house at a loss.  A real estate agent told us these houses were due for demolition. I found out a few years ago that our flat  would sell for about  £180,000!"

John Clark, Canada:  February 5, 2008

 

Recollections

3.

Stevie Watson

Buckstone, Edinburgh

North Merchiston Primary School

Thank you to Stevie Watson for allowing me to reproduce these two photos of North Merchiston Primary School, taken from the bay window of his 2nd floor flat at 18 Tay Street.

Looking NW down Tay Street past North Merchiston Primary School, towards the junction with Bryson Road, then on to DUndee Terrace. ©      Looking to the SW along Watson Crescent.  North Merchiston Primary School is on the extreme right of this photo ©

Acknowledgement:  Stevie Watson:  April 18, 2008.

 

Recollections

4.

Bob Wyllie

Brussels, Belgium

Thank you to Bob Wyllie who wrote:

The Terraces

"I was brought up in in the 1940s in the Terraces; that's the late C19 housing development that is laid out like a fishbone with the spine in line with the west end of Bonaly Road (now re-named Harrison Gardens) in Merchiston.

The lateral 'bones' are respectively:

-  Hazelbank Terrace

Hollybank Terrace

-  Almondbank Terrace

-  Briarbank Terrace

-  Alderbank Terrace"

The Square

"Halfway down the central spine (officially called Shaftsbury Park although few were aware of that, we just called it the lane) it opened out into a large square appropriately called 'The Square'.

That's where we built huge bonfires on Guy Fawkes Day and Victoria Day.  When we were collecting old wooden junk for the bonfire we also mounted raids on on bonfire heaps elsewhere, such as down Robertson Avenue in Dalry, to steal their fuel. The Dalry boys naturally made counter-raids."

Meggetland Playground

"Our favourite playground was in Meggetland.  In those days the NE corner of Meggetland had not been developed into playing fields like the rest of the area.  It was a few acres of brambles, gorse, and elderberry bushes.

To reach it from the Terraces you had to climb over the railings at the back of Alderbank Terrace, onto the edge of the old Suburban railway cutting.

Then, depending on your age and agility, you either scrambled down the steep sides of the cutting, crossed the railway lines, and scrambled back up the other side, or ran with perfect balance across the large water-main  pipe that spanned the 40-foot-deep cutting.  If our mothers could have seen us!"

Railway Cutting

"That playground is long gone. A rail link was built from the Suburban railway cutting up to old Caledonian Railway yards to the north of Meggetland and used up the land.

A few years ago I walked along the footpath which has replaced the Caledonian line, west of Merchiston station.

From the bridge that crosses the Suburban cutting, I saw down there, crossing the lines, the biggest dog fox I've ever seen in my life.  There must still be enough cover and refuge for them there.  That seems to me a good thing."

JK Rowling

"I learned recently that JK Rowling was living in Hazelbank Terrace when she wrote her first Harry Potter book.  That should put the old place on the map!"

Acknowledgement:  Brussels, Belgium:  August 24, 2008

 

Recollections

5.

Bob Wyllie

Brussels, Belgium

Thank you to Bob for writing again from Brussels to tell me:

The Terraces and Railway

"Google Earth images show the still-existing pipes over the railway between the Terraces and Meggetland that I wrote about.  The one on the left is the Tinny Lizzie, the one on the right is the slightly narrower Skinny Lizzie, definitely not for beginners.

I see the remnants of the old waste land is still there, and I am sure the kids still play on it, or at least I hope so."

Acknowledgement:  Brussels, Belgium:  August 24, 2008

Recent View

The Google Earth image that Bob refers to above showed a close up view of the two pipes crossing the railway.

Here is a wider view, looking to the NE across the Terraces.  The two pipes leading across the railway tracks to the waste railway land at Meggetland can be seen at the bottom of this view.

Google Earth Image  -  Looking to the NE across Merchiston Terraces ©

The top two-thirds of this view includes several other features mentioned by Bob in 4 above:

-  the terraces, Alderbank Terrace, etc.

-  the central spine, Harrison Gardens

-  the square

Please click on the thumbnail image above to enlarge it and see more detail.

Recollections

6.

Richard White

Leicester, Leicestershire, England

Question

Richard White, now living in Leicester, wrote:

What happened to Hutchison's Garage?

"Can you help me?  I'm trying to find out more about Hutchison’s Garage that used to be on Angle Park Terrace.

The garage was very popular with 1930s sports car enthusiasts.  They called the owner ‘Henry Hutch’.

I don’t know if it carried on after the war.   Maybe the building is still there, even though the business has now gone.

Richard White, Leicester, Leicestershire, England:  January 13, 2009

Richard emailed me again, telling me more about his interest in Hutchison's Garage:

  Aston Martin

"Fifteen years ago I bought a 1934 Aston Martin and set about tracing its history.  It was first owned my William McKill in Broughton.  He traded with Hutchison's and probably sold it to them in 1936.  The next owner I traced, Gordon Gillies, also traded with Hutchison's.   I think it was the ‘place to go’ for aspiring motor sport drivers.

I thought that my research had ground to a halt years ago then, out of the blue, came a photograph of my car that had been taken around 1938.  It was parked next to another Aston Martin at a house in Hawick owned by the Innes family. 

Hutchison's Garage

I now have some quite interesting information and photos, and I feel that a pre-war photo or even personal recollections of Hutchison's would be a nice element in the history of my car. 

I've made enquiries about possible advertising by Hutchison's in the local newspaper, but have not got any results.  I’d hoped to find an advert that may have been for my Aston.  Maybe I was looking in the wrong places or else they may not have advertised because they depended upon word of mouth in their client group at the time.

It would certainly be very interesting to make contact with anyone who remembers the company and lived in Edinburgh at the time.

I've visited Scotland several times in the Aston with my daughter.  The first trip was in 1998 when Sarah was just 11 years old.  We met David McKill, the first owner’s son, on one occasion."

 Richard White, Leicester, Leicestershire, England:  January 14, 2009

Reply to Richard

If you can help to answer Richard's question above, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  January 13, 2009

 

Answer to Recollections

6.

Answer

Thank you to Les Veitch, Corstorphine, Edinburgh who  wrote to answer Richard White's question: "What happened to Hutchison's Garage?"

Les wrote:

Hutchison's Garage

"I think I can provide some further information on Hutchison's Garage and Showrooms in Angle Park.     I lived two doors away at No 15 from 1942 to 1988 and well remember the sleek Sunbeam Talbots and Aston Martins which they sold.

Their showroom was at 8-13 Angle Park with their garage for servicing and repairs at the other end of Angle Park.  It was quite large, stretching from Angle Park and down over a ramp to a rear entrance in Ardmillan Place (this narrow road splitting Angle Park in two and running from Henderson Terrace up to Angle Park.

Howard-Johnson Cars

During the late-1960s and early-1970s the head salesman was a Mr Howard-Johnson with whom I became friendly through his ex-RAF career.

Eventually, he and his son opened their own car salesroom called Howard-Johnson Cars in Ferry Road, Leith.  It is still in operation today

Fisher's Garage

In the late-1970s, Hutchison's was taken over by Fisher's, another car distributor, who specialised in Alfa Romeos.  They traded there for some years before moving to premises in Peffermill Road.

Olympian Pine

After Fisher's moved, the premises remained empty for some time.  They were looked at by prospective buyers for a mini- market but, I believe, permission was not forthcoming, and eventually it became a pine furniture showroom and is currently still there, called Olympian Pine.  The frontage remains much the same as it was back in those Hutchison days.

The Blue Lagoon

The front part of the garage at the far end of Angle Park became a pub called the 'Blue Lagoon' and remained so for many years before becoming the 'Caley Sample Room'.   It remains so today

The lower part of the garage which backed onto Ardmillan Bowling Club (founded 1884 and celebrating its 125th anniversary this year) was eventually developed with flats and town houses, built in keeping with the buildings already in the area."

Les Veitch, Corstorphine, Edinburgh:  July 25, 2009

 

Recollections

7.

George T Smith

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

George T Smith wrote:

Garage

Angle Park Terrace

"I have some memories of a largish garage in Angle Park Terrace which, when I was at Boroughmuir between 1943 and 1948,  seemed to sell Sunbeam Talbot cars.  I remember being impressed with the lines of the first post-war  Sunbeams that I saw there on my way to and from school.

I believe  that the garage was taken over in the late 1950s or early 1960s by a  very sporty garage owner who formerly operated from the small lock-up  garages in the mews near Dewar Place. My car was an ex-Dundrod 500 competitor,  a Kieft.   He managed to keep it roadworthy. I think he was English  and competed in the Bo'ness hill climb on several occasions

 I think  his car was an early Mini with two engines-  an early form of four  wheel drive. I also recollect a souped-up Fiat 500 near his garage. It  is all a long time ago so these memories are pretty dim."

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  February 5, 2009

 

Recollections

8.

Ian Simpson

Richmond, Surrey, England

After reading John Clark's comments (in 2 above), Ian Simpson wrote:

North Merchiston Boys' Club

"After leaving the Cubs, I joined North Merchiston Boys' Club as it offered more facilities.

At North Merchiston Boys' Club, I was top collector of funds for several years, and was gifted a table tennis bat n the first occasion.

Mr Isdale was manager when I left and Andy Cunningham from Bryson Road was one of the instructors."

Ian Simpson, Richmond, Surrey, England:  March 10+11, 2009

 

Recollections

9.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

After reading John Clark's comments (in 2 above), Bob Sinclair wrote:

North Merchiston Boys' Club

"Thanks to John Clark (2 above) for reminding me about North Merchiston Boys' Club.  It was just across the road from my uncle's abode.

I used to travel from Pilton up to the club and had to change buses at the West End. One November it was such a bad mist that the bus stopped at the bottom of Comely Bank,  just at Flora Stevenson's, school, and the driver said that he was going no further. I walked the rest of the way through Dalry and Gorgie and up past the cemetery by the railway bridge and, of course, got there late. And at the end of the evening, I had to walk all the way back to Pilton!

The club had good facilities where you could do gymnastics on the ground floor or go and play table tennis or play basketball in the basement.  Half way down the stair you had a library and could sometimes get a cup of tea (though I'm not sure if that was official).

I can remember going with the club to the Waverly Market and to a camp up near Perth where we were camped out under the stars.

The club also organised some long distance runs of a few miles. You were set off in pairs about 100 yards apart. The lad I was running with and I set of in about the 7th pair and just ran at a reasonable  pace.  At the end we found out that the first pair off had beaten us by about 300 yards.  We should have tried harder!

The club also put on entertainment for the parents, but I only got involved once.  That was enough for me."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 18, 2010

 

Recollections

10.

Helen Glacken

Bristol, Avon, England

Here is a message that Helen Glacken left in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Helen wrote:

Home and School

"I lived at 20 Watson Crescent and went to North Merchiston School for a matter of months before it closed.  Then I went to Bruntsfield and Darroch. Schools.

What I have seen so far on the web site has brought back happy memories.

Friends

Does anybody remember:

Maureen Keppie from Watson Crescent

Katie Thomson from Watson Crescent

Carol McKay from Bryson Road

Lorna Christie from Tay Street.

Helen Glacken, Bristol, Aon, England:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook:  February 24, 2010

Reply to Helen

If you'd like to send a reply to Helen, please email me then I'll pass on your message to her.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  February 26, 2010

 

 Recollections

11.

Elizabeth Raeburn-Fellows

Thank you to Elizabeth Raeburn-Fellows who wrote:

Memories of North Merchiston

"Our family, the Raeburns, lived at 2 Ogilvie Terrace, just off Shandon, from 1903 (when the tenements were built) until 1958.  I lived there as a small child.

I remember:

the Italian Ice Cream Parlour / Fish & Chip Shop by the Shandon bus stop at North Merchiston Station

 the putting green and park facing Ogilvie Terrace

 the canal at the top of Ogilvie Terrace

North Merchiston Cemetery

Craiglockhart School

Elizabeth Raeburn-Fellows:  June 15, 2010

 

 Recollections

12.

James McDougall

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to James McDougall who replied to Elizabeth's Recollections 11 above.

James wrote

Café and Chip Shop

"The Café and chip shop that Elizabeth remembers was run by the Di Rollo family.  They also had a place at Tollcross.

Benny, who ran the chip shop, was interned during WWII.

James McDougall:  September 8, 2010

 Recollections

13.

Janis Cameron

Western Canada

Thank you to Janice Cameron for sending her memories of the club at Merchiston.

Janis wrote:

North Merchiston Club

"I used to live in Ritchie Place, around the corner from the North Merchiston Boys' Club mentioned by John Clark (2 above).

I used to go to the club, which was known then as the Boys' and Girls' Club.  I had lots of fun there, and also at their dances in the 1960s."

Janis Cameron (maiden name), Western Canada:  July 8, 2011

 Recollections

14.

Janis Cameron

Western Canada

Janis Cameron added:

North Merchiston Club

"I also remember going to a gymnastics show with North Merchiston Club.  I think the show was in Peebles."

Shops

"There are two little stores that I remember from the time when I lived 7 Ritchie Place.  They are:

-   Mason's on Watson Crescent and

-  Laidlaws, Bryson Road, where we got hot buns on a Sunday."

Emigration

"My mother used to work at Martin's Bakery on the corner of Dundee Street and Yeaman Place and my father worked at Bruce Peebles.

After my mother passed away in 1965, I emigrated to Canada with my father and sister."

Janis Cameron (maiden name), Western Canada:  July 16, 2011

 

Recollections

15

Michael Robert Lindsay

Muirhouse, Edinburgh

Thank you to Michael Robert LIndsay who wrote:

Horne Street

1926-27

"I've just received this photo of My Great Aunt Margaret Henderson Lindsay (Peggy) & Great Uncle Drummond Lindsay as children, with all the kids in their street.

Twenty-seven children in the street in Horne Terrace, around 1926-27 ©

Both are marked with 'X's on this photo.  The photo is likely to have been taken around 1926-27.  I think it would have been taken in  Horne Terrace, off Viewforth, Edinburgh."

Who else is in this Photo

"It would be great if anybody else in this photo could be recognised.  Please let me know if you recognise anybody else in this photo."

Michael Robert LIndsay, Muirhouse, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2013

Reply to Michael Robert Lindsay

If you'd like to contact Michael, please email me to let me know then I'll pass on his email address to you.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2013

 

Recollections

16

Charlie Wookey

Bristol, Avon, England

Thank you to Charlie Wookey for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Charlie wrote:

Home

"I was born in Edinburgh on 12 January 1942.  We lived above the baker's shop on the corner of Fowler Terrace and Bryson Road.   My mum's name was Anne Edgar Brown"

Bryson Road

"I went to North Merchiston school on Bryson Road, until we left in 1949 to come to Bristol.

"I remember a dairy on Bryson Road, and carts that were pulled along by horses. I was only seven years old when I left, but I have fond memories of my time there."

Who Else Lived There?

"I'd like to hear from anyone who lived on those roads between 1942 and 1949."

Charlie Wookey, Bristol, Avon, England: message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook on  2 Sep 2013

Reply to Charlie Wookey

If you'd like to reply to the message that Charlie Wookey wrote, please:

 post your in the EdinPhoto guestbook below the message that he left there on 2 September 2013, and/or

-  click on the email link below the message that he left in the guestbook, and send an email to him.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2013

 

Recollections

17

John Roy

John Roy, who lived at  No. 4 Angle Park Terrace from 1944 until 1970ish, wrote:

Hutchison's Garage

Showroom

"Hutchison's Garage showroom was located at street level with a car lift to access a basement area. This basemen had been used as an air raid shelter and had a doorway leading into the back greens of the surrounding tenements.

They handled cars of the Rootes group viz:- Sunbeam, Hillman, Humber, Singer.  I purchased my first car from Hutchisons in 1965,  a 1957 Sunbeam Rapier 111A.

I think Hutcheson's they may also have sold Rolls Royce.  As a child, I received old catalogues from the man who valeted the cars."

Filling Station

"The company also operated a filling station at the opposite end of the Terrace which gave access by a raised roadway to their service area.  It in turn was part of their vehicle building facility which made bodies for the Rootes group truck chassis.

Today

"Today:

-  Hutcheson's showroom is a furniture store

Hutcheson's filling station is a pub

I think that the servicing/vehicle building area has had flats built on it.

-  Angle Park also had a small fire station which is now occupied by a firm of undertakers.

The railway line has housing built on it.

TheAthletic Arms (aka 'the Diggers') pub is still there.

-  Most of the small shops are no longer retail businesses.

The old St. Cuthberts Co-op on Dundee street is now a bathroom fitting centre.

-  The 'Italian' ice-cream shop opposite is long gone.

John Roy:  March 5, 2014

 

Recollections

18

Ivy Kerr  (née Bain)

Thank you to Ivy Kerr who wrote

Shops

"I stayed in 1 Ritchie Place, Edinburgh from 1950 to 1963.

I remember:

Masons, the wee grocer's shop. The woman that owned it had a son called Alister, We used to get our morning rolls there and Evening Dispatch.

Laidlaws in Bryson Road.

Schooldays

"I went to North Merchiston Primary School, then Tynecastle Secondary.

We used to go to The Tivoli and The Scotia picture houses on a Saturday Morning.

Harrison Park was a favourite place to play.

Work

"When I left school I started to work in T&H Smith, Gorgie Road.  I don't  know if it's still there but it was a great place to work. I walked up and down Robertson's Avenue every day to get there."

"Happy Days!"

Ivy Kerr (née Bain), Kinross, Perthshire, Scotland:  September 20, 2014

 

 Recollections

19.

Thomas Keir-Hardie

Jersey, Channel Islands

Thank you to Thomas Keir-Hardie and his wife, Margaret, for sending their memories below.

Tom, now living in Jersey, tells me that he was a Youth Leader there from 1973 until his retirement in 1990.  He is now 84 years old.

Tom wrote:

North Merchiston Club

Boys' Club

"I was the Leader at North Merchiston Club from May 1956 until January 1963.  The club then it consisted of:

-  Minors (aged 8 to11)

- Juniors (aged 11 to 14)

-  B Section (aged14 to16)

-  A Section (aged 16 to 21)

-  Men's Section (21 years up).

Girls' Club

"The Girls' Club consisted of:

-  Juniors (aged 11 to 14)

-  Seniors 14 to 21)

Activities

"In1963, the year I left:

- the club had 10 football teams, playing in legs.

- we had 9 entries in the Edinburgh Youth Drama Festival.

- the Annual Pantomime ran for one week at Christmas.

the Spring Show (a Musical) ran for 4 nights.

 - we ran a Dance Club.  500 attended every Saturday night."

More Activities

"The club also had:

- table tennis teams

basketball teams

country dancing

gymnastics teams

netball teams

snooker

-  and many other activities."

Perthshire

"Eighty boys went to camp every year at Bruar in Perthshire, and there were many weekends for activities and training courses at Dalguise House, also in Perthshire."

Leaders

"The club was run by one full-time Leader and had one part- time leader for the girls' club.  The club's greatest asset was its 40 superb Voluntary Leaders  -  the best team I ever saw in my 40 years in youth work."

Margaret my wife and children David and Alyson lived in the flat above the Club Office

I have so many memories, with over 1000 young people attending every week.  The club was open 7 days a week, 46 weeks a year and, of course, had the finest club building in Scotland if not the UK."

Thomas Keir-Hardie, Jersey, Chanel Islands:  December 4 + 7. 2014

 

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