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> The Barrowland Isnae The Barras, Online campaign mixes up city icons
post 29th Nov 2009, 09:19pm
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Found the following explaining the strong link between the Barrowland and the Barras:
The History

The Barras market was founded in the early 1920s, by Margaret McIver (1880-1958). Margeret (then Morrison) began her career at twelve, tending a fruit barrow in Parkhead. In time, the money she accrued allowed her to open a small fruit shop in Bridgeton1. It was during this time that she met her future husband, James McIver, at the Glasgow fruit market. They were married in 18972.

The couple then set up a business renting horses and carts to other traders, who hawked their wares in the wealthier areas of Glasgow. To compliment this activity, land was acquired in Moncur Street and static barrows were rented out to traders at the weekend, allowing them to display and sell the wares they had acquired during the week. Initially, the market was open to the elements, but in 1926 the barrows were covered over. By 1931 the market had been completely enclosed, allowing the next stage in the evolution of the Barras.

The Ballroom

Margaret McIver had for some years arranged dinner dances for her stallholders. The difficulties she sometimes had in booking venues pursuaded her to build her own dance hall (she was a wealthy wooman by then). The hall was built on top of the market building, and was opened in 1934 as the Barrowlands Ballroom. This was to become one of the premier dancehalls in Glasgow, with the resident band Billy McGregor and the Gaybirds3 pulling in the punters for over two decades. At this time the ballroom and market were so famous that the neon sign in front of the ballroom was described in detail by Lord Haw Haw during his broadcasts4 (the sign was rapidly removed after this).

Then in 1958, just after the death of Margaret McIver, the ballroom burnt down. The McIver family rebuilt it as a tribute, and it was reopened in 1960. The ballroom continues to thrive to this day as one of the most popular rock venues in Glasgow, both with the fans and the bands.

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post 3rd Dec 2009, 11:26am
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I dont think anyone has mentioned Geordies Byre, this was a wee place away from the main ballroom where you went for a quiet canoodle, it had a wee dance floor and you could chat up your lumber for the night, the only thing about the Barrowland ballroom was that it was so popular that your lumber could be coming from anywhere in central Scotland , so you had to be smart and find out where she came from pretty quick, so you could dump her and get wan nearer hame, i once took a girl hame to the rid road flats in Elerslie, desperate or whit.
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post 17th Jul 2012, 09:37am
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QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 20th Nov 2009, 06:49pm) *
Incidentally it gets right up my nose (plenty room there) when Barrowland is referred to as BarrowlandS. It happens all the time, especially in ads for gigs.

Me too and "The Barrowland" there is no "The" it`s Barrowland pure and simple.Always was and should always be.
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post 17th Jul 2012, 03:25pm
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a wee song we sang in the playground
who's awe goan tae the barrowland
honey honey
who's awe awe goan tae the barrowland
shake yer partner by the hand
honey oh baby now. laugh.gif
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post 17th Jul 2012, 03:37pm
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Ohhh.... the Barras are Better!! smile.gif

Not heard that cathcy wee ditty for a while!!
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