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Posted by: rjhowie 16th Jul 2016, 04:47am

When I lived in Whiteinch as a boy there were 4 BB Companies in the area which was surprising as it was always a wee place really. In our family church, Gordon park on Dumbarton Road the 214th Glasgow was really big and had a pipe band. At 9, I joined the Life Boys or "Lifies" as commonly known but moved from the area getting to 12 so time to join the BB meant elsewhere. The other BB's were one at Jordanvale Church (originally Whiteinch Parish then that name returning to the original name later) and a church bordering Balshagray Avenue and Victoria Park Drive South. It seems that Whiteinch Methodist at the corner of Danes Drive and across from Victoria Park had once been home to a BB. Think was suspended in early 60's. Jordanvale BB had a bugle band but the other 2 BB companies were dwarfed by the 214.

The Lifies were great and so too was the BB.

Posted by: Backcauseway 10th Aug 2016, 10:48am

I can recall in Drumchapel the 2nd 76th 77th 84th 142nd 220th . In 1960s the 2nd were massive. Any I have missed.

The 76th were really unique All gone Likewise the Scout groups only 204th left. What do kids do now on Friday nights? Recently spoke about this to an ex BB officer in the Knightswood area and the cost of school/hall, football park lets was one reason plus the comment "the boys just stopped attending.

Posted by: rjhowie 14th Sep 2016, 03:29am

The full list of Drumchapel companies was in fact - 9. They were the 2nd, 54th, 76th, 84th, 142nd, 221st, 234th and 250th. The 76th had moved from partick in 1962 with the same officers and Boys then grew rapidly. In time it became the largest and had a very wide programme of activities and Boys travelled in to get to it. The company brought their brass band with them but after a number of years had to let it go due to lack of instruction. however it then started a drum and flute band which played also at charity events, Erskine hospital, etc. By 2003 it was the only BB left and the so-called community hall it met in cancelled the let and with nowhere after 117 years was lost. A disgraceful matter when it was widely known and deeply community involved. The captain kept in personal touch with every family and helped many a parent as well as pastoral work and funerals, etc. It got a chapter in a book on it's service and the captain interviewed for 15 minutes on BBC Radio. He was also a Glasgow JP in the District court but petty minds killed the last BB in the "Drum.2 Many a boy travelled into the scheme due to the influence the 76th had and a sad end to a great BB. Nasty business by would-be dictators. BB HQ - no help.

Posted by: *rjhowie* 26th Sep 2016, 10:46pm

The full list of Drumchapel companies was in fact - 9. They were the 2nd, 54th, 76th, 84th, 142nd, 221st, 234th and 250th. The 76th had moved from partick in 1962 with the same officers and Boys then grew rapidly. In time it became the largest and had a very wide programme of activities and Boys travelled in to get to it. The company brought their brass band with them but after a number of years had to let it go due to lack of instruction. however it then started a drum and flute band which played also at charity events, Erskine hospital, etc. By 2003 it was the only BB left and the so-called community hall it met in cancelled the let and with nowhere after 117 years was lost. A disgraceful matter when it was widely known and deeply community involved. The captain kept in personal touch with every family and helped many a parent as well as pastoral work and funerals, etc. It got a chapter in a book on it's service and the captain interviewed for 15 minutes on BBC Radio. He was also a Glasgow JP in the District court but petty minds killed the last BB in the "Drum.2 Many a boy travelled into the scheme due to the influence the 76th had and a sad end to a great BB. Nasty business by would-be dictators. BB HQ - no help.