from Trinity Academy to
Ballahouston Park, Glasgow
Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, for his recollections of
his war-time life in Edinburgh, whilst attending Trinity School,
Glasgow by Train
Exhibition at Ballahouston Park, Glasgow was opened by King George
VI on 3rd May 1938.
chartered train (a corridor train) ran from the North Leith
Caledonian station, directly opposite the Old West Dock Gate, for
pupils from Leith Academy and Trinity Academy. The cost of the
trip was five shillings
We did not
have far to to go for the train - just a nip over the wall (almost)
to Newhaven station, conveniently situated on Craighall Road, be
conveyed direct to the Exhibition railway halt, at Ballahouston
"Memories are dimmed over the years but some
items do stand out:
looking into infinity.
- a working replica of the Niagara Falls with
roar of cascading water in background, coupled with those delicious
Canadian Mac Red apples.
- sheep shearing
in the Australian pavilion with crunchy charred cooked ribs, as we
now know and accept as Bar B Q.
- a huge Royal National Lifeboat Institution,
Watson Class lifeboat at an outside stand, built by a well known
yacht builder, Alexander Robertson of Sandbank. I was
presented with a model of the exhibit, albeit a papier maché
The Dominion Pavilions were without doubt the
most popular. All that free food leaving our dinner money to
be spent on things where we HAD to pay."
Return to School
enjoyed the visit to the exhibition, and more importantly, a day off
school. On my return to school, I was awarded a book, for
writing the most informative description about the school day out.
alas, has long since disappeared, but my personal memories of an
exciting day `off school` remain in my mind - the longer the memory,
the heart grows fonder."