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Posted by: GG 17th Mar 2007, 05:26pm

Please post your memories of this Glasgow district here...Dennistoun

Were you born here? Did you grow up here?
Did you visit your aunt here? ...or your children?
Was your first home here? Were your children born here?
Did you shop here? Was your favourite cinema here?
Did you go to church here? Was your favourite pub here?
Did you 'romance' here? Did you go to school here?
Do you have a photograph from here?

Come on let us know and immortalise your memories here...Dennistoun

GG.

Posted by: lindamac 12th Apr 2007, 11:24pm

wub.gif wub.gif Loved our 1st home in a top floor flat on Alexandra Parade in Dennistoun across frae train station,ahhhhhh memories eh.

Posted by: Jim Wilson 23rd Jun 2007, 12:37am

When I was born in 1936 at 26 Abercromby St.
Then we moved to 12 Craigmore St.
when I was 3 we moved to 18 Aitken St and we stayed there until 1960 then moved to the new town of Cumbernauld, called up there last year whilst touring Scotland and it was a shambles.
left there 1961 and came to New Zealand now retired and enjoying the good life.

Posted by: Isobel 23rd Jun 2007, 03:06am

I was born in Rottenroe hospital, and spent all my childhood till I was ten years of age in
Viewpark Ave in Dennistoun. My memories of the area are all very happy ones. Walked to alexandra park and listened to the band show, thought it was great. Rolled my painted egg down the hill by the flag pole every easter. Fished for little baggie minnies in the pond brought them home in a jam jar . Rode the little paddle boats every summer. went every Saturday morning to the Big Parade picture hall .Not a care in the world, those were the days.

Posted by: Jim Wilson 26th Jun 2007, 12:35am

Hi Isobel.

I remember doing all the things you listed, Ice skated on the pond played soccer on the asphalt pitches and I remember my Aunt /Uncle stayed in one of the prefab's which were built over the soccer ground.
Saturday matinee at the Parade also the other cinemas Vogue, Rex I've forgotten the name of the one behind the Parade cinema. I was also a member of the Gaumont Choir.
Great childhold memories.

Posted by: Luceo 26th Jun 2007, 05:01am

I think the cinema near the Parade Cinema might have been the Dennistoun Picture House in Armadale Street. For a picture and some more information follow the link:

http://www.scottishcinemas.org.uk/glasgow/dennistounph.html

Luceo

Posted by: betty2 26th Jun 2007, 09:48am

Was there not a cinema there called "The Park" and do any of you remember the bluebird cafe


still here in glesca

Posted by: Luceo 26th Jun 2007, 12:00pm

I agree, Betty2. I was sure there was a cinema called the Park but I can find no trace of it on the Scottish Cinema and Theatre database! Could it be that the Dennistoun Picture House quoted in my last post changed its name to the Park?

Luceo

Posted by: Isobel 26th Jun 2007, 01:26pm

Oh yes Betty I remember the Bluebird cafe. It was a bit of a walk for us but well worth it . Just to get a double nuget or an oyster. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Jim Wilson 27th Jun 2007, 10:08pm

Hi Eastenders hope this finds you all hale and hearty.
Where was the "Bluebird cafe?
Any of you remember Joe Contes cafe on Cumbernauld Rd Just passed Kennyhill Square also the fancy american style cafe which was on the corner of Alexandra Parade & Alexandra Park St I think it was called "Buchan Arms"
My Mother used to work in Birrells sweet shop on the Parade
I used to go with a lassie from Carntnye called "Doreen Power"
The cinema I was thinking about was in Marne St

Posted by: valros 27th Jun 2007, 11:55pm

You are right Jim, Park Cinema was in Marne Street

Valros

Posted by: George Muir 28th Jun 2007, 01:30am

Regarding Martin's quote: "Did you romance here?"

Well mine did, it started at the Palais
rolleyes.gif


Posted by: Isobel 28th Jun 2007, 02:21am

George is the Palais still there ,or has that too gone along with everything else form our past

Posted by: George Muir 28th Jun 2007, 03:11am

Isobel it seems that the Palais became a supermarket some time in the early sixties ohmy.gif . I suppose they call that progress!

Posted by: Gemini 14th Jul 2007, 12:39pm

I used to go to the Pally every Friday met my first boyfriend there his name was Donald Lynn, we used to have so much fun there .

Posted by: Guest Wee Mags * 19th Aug 2007, 12:15am

I lived at 492 Duke Street which is right across from Meadowpark Street at Cumbernauld Road . I grew up there and went to Thompson Street Primary School. I lived in Dennistoun from 1955-1976. It was not a fancy neighborhood but I think we were content.
We didn't have hot water, or a bath. We would go to the Whitevale Baths on a Saturday morning for a hot bath. The wumman would measure out the water for you using a big key, in case you used too much hot water.
I was with my mummy doing the messages right at the corner of Whitehill Street when we heard the news that JFK had been shot.

Posted by: frankd2 20th Feb 2008, 02:15pm

Although I was born in Glasgow I spent the first 5 years of my life in Inverness-shire but our family returned to Dennistoun in 1940.
We lived in Crinan Street and although it was wartime my childhood was a very happy one.
Like Jim Wilson from New Zealand Many happy days were spent in Alexandra Park.
A half hour on the Paddle Boats was a joy.
In those days one was in fear of the "Parky" and one certainly "kept of the grass".
Changed days nowadays.
I must admit to a wee bit of criminal activity as my pals and I used to wait at the bottom of the hill on the golf course and whenever a ball appeared we would take it and go to the first hole and sell it to another golfer.
THIS HAS BEEN ON MY CONSCIENCE FOR MANY YEARS!
Later as teenagers we would spend our pocket money either at the cinemas or in the local cafes where "Juke Boxes" were the new craze.
Happy days indeed and I wish,at 74 years of age,I was able to chat to any of my old pals but sadly I fear that they have passed away.

Posted by: Jim Wilson 21st Feb 2008, 08:38pm

Hi Frank we meet again, never give up hope as I was dumfounded when I got a message from Friends Reunited UK after searching for 46 years and there was one of my old mates and since writing to him I have found out that all my mates are still living and we are all in our 70s
Two of them have been in touch and I hope to hear from the rest, God willing I will certainly try and get back to visit them.
Regards James

Posted by: frankd2 22nd Feb 2008, 01:35pm

Hello Jim,
Lovely to hear from you again. I am pleased to hear that you have been in contact with old pals from yesteryear.
On a Dennistoun site I put on information hoping that I would hear from any of my old friends but sad to say 2 of my pals had died the year prior to my posting.
I live in hope.
By the way it is nice that you are conversing with me a childhood golf ball snatcher!
I still have my sense of humour! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jim Wilson 23rd Feb 2008, 06:44pm

Hi Frank
Where would we be without a sense of humour I think a lot of the young ones haven't even discovered it yet.
I received a large posting from Ardrossan library yesterday about my family a great result and they are also able to go back another 2 generations . So I will be busy entering the info I"ve just received.
Did you get your picture of the bandstand in the park?

Posted by: Scots Kiwi Lass 4th Mar 2008, 03:01am

In 1942, I was born at 67 Ballindalloch Drive, Dennistoun, along with several other cousins around that era. My granny - Isabella Walker, lived there for many years prior to this and up until she died in 1975. She had three daughters, Lizzie (my mother), Isa, Annie and Charlotte, and three sons, Robert, Freddy and George. Charlotte died young in 1947 after giving birth to her first child, a daughter called Anne. Anne was brought up by my granny, helped out by our mam and the other aunties. Robert and Rene (his wife) lived at No.67 with granny from the early sixties until the 80's (I think). Sadly, Freddy and George are the only ones of my granny's children still alive

In the photograph, taken outside No.67, Granny Walker is second on the right at the front. Robert is second from the left at the back, Freddy is 4th from the left and Annie is on the right holding one of my cousins (George). Maybe someone remembers the Walkers and it would be great to hear from them.

During and just after WW2, our mam and her three sisters all went back to Granny Walker's to give birth to their babies. My family were living at that time in Maryhill. My sisters and I visited Granny up until we left Glasgow to emigrate to New Zealand between 1959 and 1963. I have memories of a wee burn near Ballindalloch Drive where we used to play, also going for walks to Alexandra Park. It's great to have this topic - I have posted messages before about Maryhill but this is the first about Dennistoun.

All the best from down under.


 

Posted by: mayaustralia 5th Mar 2008, 08:47am

hi everybody Im may mc donald and i was born in bluevale street dennistoun.

Posted by: valleyboy38 5th Mar 2008, 03:24pm

Welcome to the board May somebody will know you im sure its a wee world in here

Posted by: Marj 7th Mar 2008, 08:50pm

Does anyone remember a Mackintosh family living in Duke St between the 1920s-40s? Catherine and Angus?

Old Angus was paralysed from the war.

Posted by: Isobel 6th Jun 2008, 01:54am

Anyone remember the McCloskeys from 27 Viewpark Ave Left there in 1953 to move to Ruchazie

Posted by: Dave Todd 9th Aug 2008, 10:17pm

Hi folks - I lived at 293 Onslow Dr and went to Ali Parade from 1960-66. I remember 'rakin the midgies' , Climbin' the dykes and making gang huts in the air raid shelters in the back green with my pals - Jimmy & Gordon Thomson, Gordon Bryce , Stewart McIndoe and the Lupi's ( Mario and Carlo in Cumbenauld road) where are you all now ?

Now living in Cotswolds -

Posted by: Guest auchinairnboy * 10th Aug 2008, 06:10am

My dad went to Onslow Drive school. He was at Thompson Street primary. He lived at 46 Ballindalloch Drive, having moved from 123 Sword Street. He was in the Boys Brigade (108 or 112?) when they still paraded with rifles (early 20s).

Posted by: maggs 10th Aug 2008, 02:20pm

I came from Maryhill,but used to go to the Palais,but my haunt was the Barrowland on a Friday night.If you went before 9-30 you got in for 2bob. laugh.gif

Posted by: kathleenmcaleer 8th Nov 2008, 08:27pm

The Dennistoun Palais closed as a dance hall but became the Rollarena in late 1965. It became just as popuar as the dancing. I met my husband Danny there on 6/1/1966. His family lived in Reidvale Street and his mum had a wee Shop called "Nora's." Does anyone remember the McAleer's ? We now live in Melbourne but get back "home" every few years.

Posted by: Marie Mclean (McCormick) 22nd Mar 2009, 12:19pm

QUOTE (kathleenmcaleer @ 8th Nov 2008, 08:14pm) *
The Dennistoun Palais closed as a dance hall but became the Rollarena in late 1965. It became just as popuar as the dancing. I met my husband Danny there on 6/1/1966. His family lived in Reidvale Street and his mum had a wee Shop called "Nora's." Does anyone remember the McAleer's ? We now live in Melbourne but get back "home" every few years.

OMG! I had forgotten about the rollerina. I learned to rollerskate there. It was like a sort of roller disco where we used to go and chase the lads, (while looking like we didn't notice them of course.) We also enjoyed swimming at the Whitevale swimming baths. I remember there was two pools. One Male and one female. I think they turned the rollerina into a supermarket.

Posted by: Marie Mclean (McCormick) 22nd Mar 2009, 12:37pm

QUOTE (GG @ 17th Mar 2007, 05:13pm) *
Please post your memories of this Glasgow district here...Dennistoun

Were you born here? Did you grow up here?
Did you visit your aunt here? ...or your children?
Was your first home here? Were your children born here?
Did you shop here? Was your favourite cinema here?
Did you go to church here? Was your favourite pub here?
Did you 'romance' here? Did you go to school here?
Do you have a photograph from here?

Come on let us know and immortalise your memories here...Dennistoun

GG.

I was brought up in Plant Street in the 60s. We had an outside toilet and Mum used to fill an old tin bath every Sunday for our weekly bath! We had great fun playing round the midgy bins in the back court. We would play at kiss catch torture and kick the can. Only the very brave would hide in the dungey. I was an only child, so a wee bit better off than some of the larger families, but I remember all of us kids were very happy. My father kept a pony in the old stables on Duke Street. I spent many happy days in there being spoiled by all my dads rag and bone mates and helping with the horses. Oh happy happy days. My summers were spent in Campbeltown. My Mum comes from there and is living there now. She worked in Macfarlane Langs biscuit factory. Our whole family lived in the same close at number 33. All from Campbeltown. Mum used to bring home broken biscuits for all the kids.

Posted by: sharon calder 10th Apr 2009, 04:19pm

all of my aunts and uncles went to thomson street as did i they where lindsay and heron surname florence micheal robert roseann maureen violet my mum married francis calder im sharon calder went thro school with best friend dawn bryant all my family went on to either onslow drive or whitehill would love to here from any school friends of my family or me

Posted by: Ian 16th Jan 2010, 12:47am

QUOTE (Jim Wilson @ 23rd Jun 2007, 12:35am) *
When I was born in 1936 at 26 Abercromby St.
Then we moved to 12 Craigmore St.
when I was 3 we moved to 18 Aitken St and we stayed there until 1960 then moved to the new town of Cumbernauld, called up there last year whilst touring Scotland and it was a shambles.
left there 1961 and came to New Zealand now retired and enjoying the good life.

I lived in Craigmore st too around 1968 but have never been able to find any history or pics of it.

Posted by: *Jill* 27th Jan 2010, 11:57pm

QUOTE (sharon calder @ 10th Apr 2009, 04:17pm) *
all of my aunts and uncles went to thomson street as did i they where lindsay and heron surname florence micheal robert roseann maureen violet my mum married francis calder im sharon calder went thro school with best friend dawn bryant all my family went on to either onslow drive or whitehill would love to here from any school friends of my family or me

Hi.. I lived at 151 Sword Street between the year 1969 (born) to circa 1977. Our family name was Ryan. Both myself and my older brother went briefly to Thomson Street Primary School. I have great memories of living in Dennistoun and the freedom we had to wander the streets as small kids and the streets were FULL of kids. I believe that all kids from aged 4 became street wise beyond their years.

I remember....
Playing kick the can in the backie.
Dancing and singing on top of the midgie bin housing to entertain all the mums & housewives who were hangin ooot the back windaes watchin.. rolleyes.gif
Shock horror, wandering along the railway line searching for crab apples and having to lie back in the bush when a train passed, OMG.. eating!!! the crab apples which were most probably poisonous with toxic fumes.. haha.
I remember calling everybody Auntie and Uncle in the tenement we lived.
The Bower family that lived downstairs.
My first "boyfriend" Mark Scott who lived on the ground floor.
My best friend Jacqueline Connor who lived across the street. - Where are they now, I wonder.
Playing hide and seek in the condemned tenements in a neighboring street... condemned because they were falling down.. hmmm. .. but yet a wonderful playground at the time.
Hearing the sound of the drums as the Orange Walk paraded down Duke Street and all the kids running for streets to find it, as young at 4!
The best italian ice cream parlor on the corner of Sword St and Duke St. Beautiful classic cafe. I remember it vividly, as I do the owner...a small chubby Italian man with a hint of a Glasgow accent. Total eccentric. Wonderful.
Hearing church bells and running like to wind to catch the scramble (pennies thrown at a wedding for kids to "fight" for..), you and 50 other kids!!
Collecting glass bottles and receiving some pennies for them at the shop, then buying a "poke" of 3 for a half penny sports gums... bliss.
A bull escaping from the slaughterhouse on Duke St and trapping my mum and I in a phone box...Oh.. haha

I have an endless list of events and memories that would shock parents of today to the core, I myself now being a parent. But we survived and I have but great memories of having a carefree, playful, adventurous and fearless childhood.

If there is anyone here who remembers us living there or lived in this neighbourhood around this time, i would love to hear from you.

Jill

Posted by: Rabbie 17th Feb 2010, 07:44pm

Lovely wee stories there Jill, ye sound jist as daft as me.

Did the same thing wi railway strolls, walked through the tunnel up at Alex Parade / Barnhill many a time, ducking intae the deidman holes when a train came scudding alang. Wus mair scart o' getting caught wi the railway polis than getting squished by a train.

How did we survive, it's a wee miracle.

I had a wee pal who lived wi his Maw in Sword St, jist aboot the timeframe you mentioned. Was called Shuggie Someit or Other, cannea recall atm, some pal, eh!

He was a wee guy, wi curly hair and went to Whitehill school.

Posted by: dougmc 19th Feb 2010, 03:05pm

Hi all from Oz downunder!

Interesting to read your accounts. My great grandparents and their family lived at 594 Duke Street.

Sadly, I guess there may be nothing there anymore.

George McIndoe was a shoemaker and died in 1897. One of his sons George became a builder moved to Oz in 1907 and settled in Melbourne where I hail from!

I wonder if any of you still know of any McIndoe's in the Dennistoun area?

cheers from downunder

Dougmc




Posted by: Guest 21st Mar 2010, 10:42pm

i lived at 54 mcintosh street, off dunchatten street at duke street. i went to golfhill primary then on to onslow drive secondary.

my old man had a "cobbler" shop in dunchatten street. i used to hang around my "auntie lina's" ice cream cafe. anybody out there recognise these details?

big jo....

Posted by: rab keay 17th Sep 2010, 11:01pm

QUOTE (Guest @ 21st Mar 2010, 11:44pm) *
i lived at 54 mcintosh street, off dunchatten street at duke street. i went to golfhill primary then on to onslow drive secondary.

my old man had a "cobbler" shop in dunchatten street. i used to hang around my "auntie lina's" ice cream cafe. anybody out there recognise these details?

big jo....

big joe just read your message, i myself stayed at fifty dunchattan st above lena,s cafe.born and bred in single end straight across from cafe next to chippy. mother and father moved to to new house at top of street. dad worked in wardens the butcher,on corner of dunchattan st and mcintosh street. i myself went to golfhill then onslow drive

Posted by: beth 7th Jan 2011, 08:13pm

just picked up this thread now.Allan lived in lower Fisher Street from birth 1947 until we married and emigrated to 57 Edmund Street in 1969. We left there in 1972 to move to SA. Used to buy my oysters and ginger from lena's cafe. Aunt Jean lived up the road in Cardross street. allan's brother, Walter lived up the top end of Dunchattan Street. family name Duncan

Posted by: Drew 10th Jan 2011, 05:15pm

QUOTE (betty2 @ 26th Jun 2007, 09:26am) *
Was there not a cinema there called "The Park" and do any of you remember the bluebird cafe


still here in glesca

I remember the Park and the Bluebird. both were on the north side of Alexandra Parade on Meadowbank Street with the Parade Cinema on the south side of the Parade. The Park was demolished in the late 1950's I think and the Parade was a bingo hall by 1966 although I think it did have a short reprieve at some stage.
I was brought up in Culloden Street b 1951. the Parade, Park and bigger Rex cinema at the start of the Edinburgh Road were all used by us. I recall going in to the Bluebell for a penny ice lolly before going to the minors on a Saturday morning. When the Parade stopped being a cinema we all moved to the ABC Minors at the Rex, which was quite posh for us.

Posted by: Drew 10th Jan 2011, 05:23pm

QUOTE (Luceo @ 26th Jun 2007, 04:39am) *
I think the cinema near the Parade Cinema might have been the Dennistoun Picture House in Armadale Street. For a picture and some more information follow the link:

http://www.scottishcinemas.org.uk/glasgow/dennistounph.html

Luceo

Luceo,
The Dennistoun Picture House was the third cinema in this immediate area and was not the Park. The Park cinema was in Meadowpark St north of the Parade on the east side of the street. I recall the Dennistoun Picture House but dont know if I was ever in it.

Posted by: auchinairnboy 16th Feb 2011, 07:37am

QUOTE (*Jill* @ 28th Jan 2010, 12:20am) *
Hi.. I lived at 151 Sword Street between the year 1969 (born) to circa 1977. Our family name was Ryan. Both myself and my older brother went briefly to Thomson Street Primary School. I have great memories of living in Dennistoun and the freedom we had to wander the streets as small kids and the streets were FULL of kids. I believe that all kids from aged 4 became street wise beyond their years.

I remember....
Playing kick the can in the backie.
Dancing and singing on top of the midgie bin housing to entertain all the mums & housewives who were hangin ooot the back windaes watchin.. rolleyes.gif
Shock horror, wandering along the railway line searching for crab apples and having to lie back in the bush when a train passed, OMG.. eating!!! the crab apples which were most probably poisonous with toxic fumes.. haha.
I remember calling everybody Auntie and Uncle in the tenement we lived.
The Bower family that lived downstairs.
My first "boyfriend" Mark Scott who lived on the ground floor.
My best friend Jacqueline Connor who lived across the street. - Where are they now, I wonder.
Playing hide and seek in the condemned tenements in a neighboring street... condemned because they were falling down.. hmmm. .. but yet a wonderful playground at the time.
Hearing the sound of the drums as the Orange Walk paraded down Duke Street and all the kids running for streets to find it, as young at 4!
The best italian ice cream parlor on the corner of Sword St and Duke St. Beautiful classic cafe. I remember it vividly, as I do the owner...a small chubby Italian man with a hint of a Glasgow accent. Total eccentric. Wonderful.
Hearing church bells and running like to wind to catch the scramble (pennies thrown at a wedding for kids to "fight" for..), you and 50 other kids!!
Collecting glass bottles and receiving some pennies for them at the shop, then buying a "poke" of 3 for a half penny sports gums... bliss.
A bull escaping from the slaughterhouse on Duke St and trapping my mum and I in a phone box...Oh.. haha

I have an endless list of events and memories that would shock parents of today to the core, I myself now being a parent. But we survived and I have but great memories of having a carefree, playful, adventurous and fearless childhood.

If there is anyone here who remembers us living there or lived in this neighbourhood around this time, i would love to hear from you.

Jill


My father was born at 127 Sword Street but a bit before your time. He left in 1923 ! We walked up Sword Street in 1987 and he was surprised he didn't see anyone he recognised. He was at Thomson street and Onslow Drive. He moved to Ballindalloch Drive when he was 14. I walked past Thomson Street school about ten years ago. It had been converted into flats then.

Posted by: Drew 15th Mar 2011, 03:32pm

QUOTE (Dave Todd @ 9th Aug 2008, 09:40pm) *
Hi folks - I lived at 293 Onslow Dr and went to Ali Parade from 1960-66. I remember 'rakin the midgies' , Climbin' the dykes and making gang huts in the air raid shelters in the back green with my pals - Jimmy & Gordon Thomson, Gordon Bryce , Stewart McIndoe and the Lupi's ( Mario and Carlo in Cumbenauld road) where are you all now ?

Now living in Cotswolds -

David, good to see you are still keeping an eye on the old place. Hope all is well,
Drew McFarlane

Posted by: mayaustralia 19th Aug 2011, 10:05am

QUOTE (valleyboy38 @ 5th Mar 2008, 05:10pm) *
Welcome to the board May somebody will know you im sure its a wee world in here

thanks for the welcome valleyboy38, hoping someone will remember some of the families i was brought up with. our close faced the alisons haulage yard, the house there was a family called hamiltons great people. then the washy was directly attached to them. the hanleys were our neighbours. big family sally,marree,vera,kate. the nelsons lived up the next close margaret and betty and 2 brothers. someone might remember mary joyce she was a money lender and a lifeline to most people in the area.couldn't get up the close on a friday night packed with people waiting to pay her, most could only afford the interest.I have a sister sadie, my parents died very young,left a family of six kids all at school except the youg one that was me. my sister was married at 16 with a baby and she took over the family this was the only way to keep us out of the orphanage.my dad had a paper round in the gallowgate he was called mick mcdonald came from the malvern,his brothers were will,andrew the youngest who i have heard had something to do with a new bridge that was built in the 60s or 70s maybe somebody will remember.I think that is enough to go on with.great to hear you all keep it coming mayaustralia

Posted by: Waverley 87 6th Sep 2011, 12:08pm

Hi May
I noticed your post and showed it to to my wife Isobel who lived at 151 Bluevale St from her birth in 1950 to the mid-sixties her maiden name is Walker, she has 2 brothers Drew and Thomas, she knew all of the families you mentioned and it took her back to her childhood she spoke about it for hours.

Regards
Waverley 87

Posted by: mayaustralia 17th Feb 2012, 08:36am

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QUOTE (Waverley 87 @ 6th Sep 2011, 12:13pm) *
Hi May
I noticed your post and showed it to to my wife Isobel who lived at 151 Bluevale St from her birth in 1950 to the mid-sixties her maiden name is Walker, she has 2 brothers Drew and Thomas, she knew all of the families you mentioned and it took her back to her childhood she spoke about it for hours.

Regards
Waverley 87


Posted by: mayaustralia 17th Feb 2012, 09:02am

QUOTE (mayaustralia @ 17th Feb 2012, 08:41am) *
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Hi Waverley I do remember the walker family, tell isabell I know how it feels to hear all the names of the people we grew up with. I was back in glesga, and this guy kept staring at me,I said to myself what an idiot, then he came up to me and said you don't remember me do you. It was all arranged by my sister Kay to see if I remembered him , it was Wolseley hamilton, we knew him as "SKINNY HAMILTON" who lived in the house attached to ALLISONS haulage next to the steamy. isabell would remember me, I used to sing a lot at backyard concerts, and when the neighbours were having a wee bit of of a do they would come down and get me to sing, WHAT MEMORIES. love to you both MAYAUSTRALIA

Posted by: Waverley 87 2nd Mar 2012, 04:23pm

QUOTE (mayaustralia @ 17th Feb 2012, 08:07am) *
Hi Waverley I do remember the walker family, tell isabell I know how it feels to hear all the names of the people we grew up with. I was back in glesga, and this guy kept staring at me,I said to myself what an idiot, then he came up to me and said you don't remember me do you. It was all arranged by my sister Kay to see if I remembered him , it was Wolseley hamilton, we knew him as "SKINNY HAMILTON" who lived in the house attached to ALLISONS haulage next to the steamy. isabell would remember me, I used to sing a lot at backyard concerts, and when the neighbours were having a wee bit of of a do they would come down and get me to sing, WHAT MEMORIES. love to you both MAYAUSTRALIA


Posted by: Waverley 87 2nd Mar 2012, 04:27pm

Hi May Isobel remembers Wolsley Hamilton but is struggling to place you and your family she wonders if you are related to the Dempster Family.
Best Wishes Waverley 87.

Posted by: andypisces 2nd Mar 2012, 10:02pm

do any of you dennistoun folk know an ann fraser or june woods. I think they were both in the same class at school. i remember them from cvastle toward when our schools were there at the same time. I met june about ten years later and actually dated her a couple of times. Can remember us gpoing to crossmyloof skating

Posted by: Rabbie 2nd Mar 2012, 11:07pm

Andy, when were you at Castle Toward?

I spent a few summer hols there, 69, 70 and 71. Cannea remember the schools, it was a mixed bag. Had a brill time on each occasion, we got to visit many of the US(N) vessels berthed in the nearby Gairloch.

My fave memory is of a Lass who was a seconded student teacher from USA; Marcia Sorber, she was prolly only 19. I thought why could our lot of stuffed shirt teachers not be the same; open, objective and humourous.

Was a great time, loved the place and managed a few wee winches in the wids with a couple of lassies.

Cannea remember their names tho, one swatted my leg with a plastic tennis rackit, just for fun. Aye...

Posted by: andypisces 3rd Mar 2012, 01:23am

rabbie it was around 1950 when i was there. The year before we sat our qualy

Posted by: mayaustralia 7th Mar 2012, 08:45am

great to hear you again waverly87, tell Isobel she is spot on. Im Sadie Dempsters youngest sister May, long black hair I could sit on. I have lived in Australia for the past 40 years. I was home in glasgow the first time in 1966 but only to get the shock Sadie had died. Isobel can you remember Marree Handley, we lived in 161 bluevale street next door neighbours, well she has a shop at the Barras selling clothes.I hope you are all well, sounds as though life has been kind to you . LOVE TO ALL Mayaustralia

Posted by: Waverley 87 7th Mar 2012, 05:18pm

Hi May, Isobel thinks you are Aunt to Mickey,Margaret and Betty Dempster is she correct ? she thinks
you may be a bit older than us ,we are both 62 this year Isobel remembers the Hanleys but again
they were a bit older older. Isobel wonders if you remember her cousins Isa and May Bell who lived with their Grandmother Bella Bilsland at 151 Bluevale St.

Regards Waverley 87

Posted by: mayaustralia 8th Mar 2012, 10:03am

QUOTE (Waverley 87 @ 7th Mar 2012, 05:23pm) *
Hi May, Isobel thinks you are Aunt to Mickey,Margaret and Betty Dempster is she correct ? she thinks
you may be a bit older than us ,we are both 62 this year Isobel remembers the Hanleys but again
they were a bit older older. Isobel wonders if you remember her cousins Isa and May Bell who lived with their Grandmother Bella Bilsland at 151 Bluevale St.

Regards Waverley 87

"MAYAUSTRALIA. Hi Waverley 87, yes I am their aunt and I remeber Isobels family very well. When I went home in 1966, bluevale street was almost demolished except the Bislands above the chip shop,and ISA was the one who called out to tell me SADIE was dead.I just thought she had me confused with someone else, but i soon found out when I went to SADIES house in barrowfield.ISOBEL I have tried to find Margarets address but to no avail. Yes I am a bit older than you by 8 years. What ever became of ANDY BISLAND. I used to take a lady who was blind down the road to catch the tram car to work ,she was a telephonist for the telephone company she was called SOPHIE andshe lived 2 closes up from the BISLANDS. all the best , MAYAUSTRALIA

Posted by: Waverley 87 8th Mar 2012, 06:10pm

Hi May, Isobel's mum and dad and her Uncles Andre and Alex and her cousins May and Isa have
all passed away. We married in 1968 and have lived in the South side of Glasgow since 1977.
Isobel's brother Thomas who is 5 years younger still lives in the East End and her older brother
Drew has lived in America since 1964.
Best wishes Waverley 87

Posted by: LINDA McGRATH 21st Dec 2012, 10:33pm

QUOTE (Guest auchinairnboy * @ 10th Aug 2008, 06:27am) *
My dad went to Onslow Drive school. He was at Thompson Street primary. He lived at 46 Ballindalloch Drive, having moved from 123 Sword Street. He was in the Boys Brigade (108 or 112?) when they still paraded with rifles (early 20s).


Posted by: sheilajay 13th Jan 2013, 11:24am

Hi there,
Does anybody remember the McLaren family who lived at 672 Alexandra Parade. This would be in the 1930s/40s I think. My grandfather James,had a joiners business in Bellgrove Street.He married Elizabeth in 1917 and had two children. Their son was Thomas and their daughter was Isabella. Just a long shot but I would love a picture of his shop. I have tried the Mitchell but without success.
Many thanks
Sheila

Posted by: *theresa* 5th May 2013, 11:57am

Hi read the post about the wee Italian café It was called The Rendevous Café and the owner was wee Tony.The interior of the café was carefully removed and restored to its former glory at the Glasgow Transport Museum.I have been along and sat in the little wooden seats and relived some memories of wee Tony nearly taking a nervous breakdoon when the flake fell off the 99 cone lol!!

Posted by: partick boy 6th Sep 2013, 09:43am

Does anyone have or know where I might find any photos of Fisher Street, Dennistoun, in the 1920's / 1930's, especially around No.79?

Having just looked at a map of Glasgow, Fisher Street seems to have joined 'the great demolished'. Anyone know where it was relative to streets that still exist?

Posted by: Dave Todd 8th Nov 2013, 06:26pm

I remember the row of shops running up Alexandra Park St - Reid's Electrical shop at the corner with Cumbernauld Rd, Russel's Hardware shop at the top at corner with Ali parade; and a barbers shop and an Italian Ice cream shop in between - all long gone now

Posted by: Dave Grieve 9th Nov 2013, 07:02am

QUOTE (Dave Todd @ 8th Nov 2013, 08:43pm) *
I remember the row of shops running up Alexandra Park St - Reid's Electrical shop at the corner with Cumbernauld Rd, Russel's Hardware shop at the top at corner with Ali parade; and a barbers shop and an Italian Ice cream shop in between - all long gone now


I remember one time I was back on holiday and it seemed everybody was on strike including all the buses, so walking back to Ruchazie along Ally Parade there was a fish and chip shop on the right hand side that I decided to stop at and get myself a Black Pudding supper, didn't need it wasn't hungry but took advantage while I still had the chance biggrin.gif

Posted by: beth 12th Nov 2013, 04:41am

partick boy, Fisher street has indeed disappeared but think Dunchattan street is still there. Allan lived in lower Fisher street and we were totally confused when we went back to have a look years ago. It was not far back from Duke street

Posted by: Guest 12th Nov 2013, 10:21am

Fisher Street was off Dunchattan Street which was off Duke Street.

This link will take you to a picture of Fisher Street in 1930.

http://www.mitchelllibrary.org/virtualmitchell/image.php?i=10733&r=2&t=4&x=1

Posted by: *billyont* 17th Nov 2013, 08:37pm

QUOTE (rab keay @ 17th Sep 2010, 11:18pm) *
big joe just read your message, i myself stayed at fifty dunchattan st above lena,s cafe.born and bred in single end straight across from cafe next to chippy. mother and father moved to to new house at top of street. dad worked in wardens the butcher,on corner of dunchattan st and mcintosh street. i myself went to golfhill then onslow drive

Hi big joe i lived@ 71 mcintosh st your dad used to put studs on our fitba boots and stitch the panels in the bladder; I think his name was irvine used to hang out with ricky rossi from the piccadilly cafe,we lived by the ;rid wa;

Posted by: patrixie 5th Dec 2013, 08:17pm

QUOTE (Dave Todd @ 9th Aug 2008, 10:34pm) *
Hi folks - I lived at 293 Onslow Dr and went to Ali Parade from 1960-66. I remember 'rakin the midgies' , Climbin' the dykes and making gang huts in the air raid shelters in the back green with my pals - Jimmy & Gordon Thomson, Gordon Bryce , Stewart McIndoe and the Lupi's ( Mario and Carlo in Cumbenauld road) where are you all now ?

Now living in Cotswolds -


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Just spotted your post (not here often). I was at Ali Parade too and in same class as Gordon B and Stewart. Saw
Mario on tv a couple of nights ago - he survived the helicopter crash at the Clutha pub. thumbup.gif

Posted by: robert mcaulay 29th Dec 2013, 11:22pm

QUOTE (kathleenmcaleer @ 8th Nov 2008, 08:44pm) *
The Dennistoun Palais closed as a dance hall but became the Rollarena in late 1965. It became just as popuar as the dancing. I met my husband Danny there on 6/1/1966. His family lived in Reidvale Street and his mum had a wee Shop called "Nora's." Does anyone remember the McAleer's ? We now live in Melbourne but get back "home" every few years.


Posted by: portydave 22nd Feb 2014, 08:56am

Used to call the picture house The Fleapit. Saw The Excorcist there and didnae sleep for a week (our top floor tenement flat had an attic). Lived on Whitehill Street, remember the Electric Bakery and McCrae's the fruit shop and a braw chippy down there too...

Posted by: Colin Elrick 27th May 2014, 07:23am

QUOTE (*Jill* @ 28th Jan 2010, 12:14am) *
Hi.. I lived at 151 Sword Street between the year 1969 (born) to circa 1977. Our family name was Ryan. Both myself and my older brother went briefly to Thomson Street Primary School. I have great memories of living in Dennistoun and the freedom we had to wander the streets as small kids and the streets were FULL of kids. I believe that all kids from aged 4 became street wise beyond their years.

I remember....
Playing kick the can in the backie.
Dancing and singing on top of the midgie bin housing to entertain all the mums & housewives who were hangin ooot the back windaes watchin.. rolleyes.gif
Shock horror, wandering along the railway line searching for crab apples and having to lie back in the bush when a train passed, OMG.. eating!!! the crab apples which were most probably poisonous with toxic fumes.. haha.
I remember calling everybody Auntie and Uncle in the tenement we lived.
The Bower family that lived downstairs.
My first "boyfriend" Mark Scott who lived on the ground floor.
My best friend Jacqueline Connor who lived across the street. - Where are they now, I wonder.
Playing hide and seek in the condemned tenements in a neighboring street... condemned because they were falling down.. hmmm. .. but yet a wonderful playground at the time.
Hearing the sound of the drums as the Orange Walk paraded down Duke Street and all the kids running for streets to find it, as young at 4!
The best italian ice cream parlor on the corner of Sword St and Duke St. Beautiful classic cafe. I remember it vividly, as I do the owner...a small chubby Italian man with a hint of a Glasgow accent. Total eccentric. Wonderful.
Hearing church bells and running like to wind to catch the scramble (pennies thrown at a wedding for kids to "fight" for..), you and 50 other kids!!
Collecting glass bottles and receiving some pennies for them at the shop, then buying a "poke" of 3 for a half penny sports gums... bliss.
A bull escaping from the slaughterhouse on Duke St and trapping my mum and I in a phone box...Oh.. haha

I have an endless list of events and memories that would shock parents of today to the core, I myself now being a parent. But we survived and I have but great memories of having a carefree, playful, adventurous and fearless childhood.

If there is anyone here who remembers us living there or lived in this neighbourhood around this time, i would love to hear from you.

Jill


Posted by: les thomson 12th Jul 2014, 05:59am

just found this great wee site biggrin.gif
I i was born in warriston crescent north carntyne, just up the hill from carntyne primary school where i went till starting whitehill junior , we resented the junior bit and preferred onslow lol, (great rivalry between us and whitehill senior lol ).
So our local cinemas stretched for miles , my nearest was the Vogue ,followed by the REX (ABC) couple of hundred yards down cumbernauld road, next nearest was the Park (i thought this was in park street), then as mention the Parade in meadowpark street , the DENNI as we called the next ABC was in armadale street , with the dancing the famous denniston Palaise in hillfoot street , the townhead , parkhead , shettleston cinemas all within easy reach and CAFES ? from the ELITE in riddrie to the Bluebird (it hink) in denniston more than you could shake a stick @ and parks ( our local ALLY PARK in the days when the fountain worked and the ENTERTAINERS were on, boating on hoggy loch ) swimming baths memories galore , , GREAT childhood , GREAT days ,
WHATTA CITY thumbup.gif

Posted by: Tom McLeod 30th Jul 2014, 01:26pm

QUOTE (Scots Kiwi Lass @ 4th Mar 2008, 03:18am) *
In 1942, I was born at 67 Ballindalloch Drive, Dennistoun, along with several other cousins around that era. My granny - Isabella Walker, lived there for many years prior to this and up until she died in 1975. She had three daughters, Lizzie (my mother), Isa, Annie and Charlotte, and three sons, Robert, Freddy and George. Charlotte died young in 1947 after giving birth to her first child, a daughter called Anne. Anne was brought up by my granny, helped out by our mam and the other aunties. Robert and Rene (his wife) lived at No.67 with granny from the early sixties until the 80's (I think). Sadly, Freddy and George are the only ones of my granny's children still alive

In the photograph, taken outside No.67, Granny Walker is second on the right at the front. Robert is second from the left at the back, Freddy is 4th from the left and Annie is on the right holding one of my cousins (George). Maybe someone remembers the Walkers and it would be great to hear from them.

During and just after WW2, our mam and her three sisters all went back to Granny Walker's to give birth to their babies. My family were living at that time in Maryhill. My sisters and I visited Granny up until we left Glasgow to emigrate to New Zealand between 1959 and 1963. I have memories of a wee burn near Ballindalloch Drive where we used to play, also going for walks to Alexandra Park. It's great to have this topic - I have posted messages before about Maryhill but this is the first about Dennistoun.

All the best from down under.


Posted by: Elaine cunningham 3rd Aug 2014, 09:47am

QUOTE (kathleenmcaleer @ 8th Nov 2008, 08:44pm) *
The Dennistoun Palais closed as a dance hall but became the Rollarena in late 1965. It became just as popuar as the dancing. I met my husband Danny there on 6/1/1966. His family lived in Reidvale Street and his mum had a wee Shop called "Nora's." Does anyone remember the McAleer's ? We now live in Melbourne but get back "home" every few years.

Hi my name is elaine and I stayed in 115 reidvale street I lived there fro 1958-1970 and I remember all to well Nora's and joes oh my god I can't believe it I wish I was still in those days although I am happily married with two boys and one granddaughter please keep in touch.

Posted by: Guest danny 29th Oct 2014, 09:57am

QUOTE (Elaine cunningham @ 3rd Aug 2014, 10:04am) *
Hi my name is elaine and I stayed in 115 reidvale street I lived there fro 1958-1970 and I remember all to well Nora's and joes oh my god I can't believe it I wish I was still in those days although I am happily married with two boys and one granddaughter please keep in touch.

Hello Elaine did you know the Levetts from Reidvale street?

Posted by: Laura Wigglesworth 13th Jan 2015, 08:17pm

I lived at 134 Ingleby Drive. Does anyone else remember when they demolished Onslow Drive School to make way for the new Whitehill School? They used dynamite to blow up the chimney with all the locals watching from Onslow Drive. It was such a shame as it was a beautiful building.

Posted by: William Kerr 14th Mar 2015, 07:28pm

QUOTE (dougmc @ 19th Feb 2010, 03:22pm) *
Hi all from Oz downunder!

Interesting to read your accounts. My great grandparents and their family lived at 594 Duke Street.

Sadly, I guess there may be nothing there anymore.

George McIndoe was a shoemaker and died in 1897. One of his sons George became a builder moved to Oz in 1907 and settled in Melbourne where I hail from!

I wonder if any of you still know of any McIndoe's in the Dennistoun area?

cheers from downunder

Dougmc


Posted by: Violet Stevenson 26th Oct 2016, 09:51pm

Hi there guys.

I remember living in Plant Street. I was only about 5 or 6 years old at the time. I'd like to know the name of the primary school there that I would have gone to. Money was transferring to the new currency, so I would have been there 1970/1971/72. Plant Street was falling down and we had an outside toilet in the stair. Does anyone remember Plant Street before it was demolished?

Violet Stevenson

Posted by: Catherine Logie 11th Sep 2017, 07:31pm

QUOTE (Marie Mclean (McCormick) @ 22nd Mar 2009, 12:37pm) *
I was brought up in Plant Street in the 60s. We had an outside toilet and Mum used to fill an old tin bath every Sunday for our weekly bath! We had great fun playing round the midgy bins in the back court. We would play at kiss catch torture and kick the can. Only the very brave would hide in the dungey. I was an only child, so a wee bit better off than some of the larger families, but I remember all of us kids were very happy. My father kept a pony in the old stables on Duke Street. I spent many happy days in there being spoiled by all my dads rag and bone mates and helping with the horses. Oh happy happy days. My summers were spent in Campbeltown. My Mum comes from there and is living there now. She worked in Macfarlane Langs biscuit factory. Our whole family lived in the same close at number 33. All from Campbeltown. Mum used to bring home broken biscuits for all the kids.

Do you remember James and Marion McNaught who lived at number 39 Plant Street late 60's early 70's ??

Posted by: *Nicole* 21st Jan 2018, 01:05pm

QUOTE (Catherine Logie @ 11th Sep 2017, 07:31pm) *
Do you remember James and Marion McNaught who lived at number 39 Plant Street late 60's early 70's ??


Hi Catherine, I'm trying to track down my family history and I have passenger records that say my Great-Grandfather lived at this address in the 1920s. Do you have any information on the house or who owned it before? His name was Alexander McKay You can email me here.
If anyone else has any information, please let me know. Unfortunately my grandfather doesn't really know a lot about his parents.