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APigott
Hi Everyone,

I'm currently working on a radio/audio documentary about the buildings etc. that were destroyed to make way for the M8 motorway, and would love to hear any memories anyone has of the Charing Cross/ Anderston areas pre- M8.

It would be amazing to hear from anyone who used to live/work/go to school around those areas, and any memories/photos etc. anyone has of buildings or landmarks that were knocked down, or just of what the areas used to be like. (We're also looking for people to interview for the documentary, so if anyone's interested that would be really great too!)

Thanks!
Alice
DannyH
Hi Alice

I have sent you a personal message, in response to your request.

Regards

Danny Harris
Magi
remember charging cross well . I worked at Elders. i had to cross the road where all the street cars passed my stiletto heels caught in the car rails And Imwent flying.....I remember well it still hurts 65 years later!!!
Dave Grieve
QUOTE (Magi @ 27th Feb 2020, 11:21pm) *
remember charging cross well . I worked at Elders. i had to cross the road where all the street cars passed my stiletto heels caught in the car rails And Imwent flying.....I remember well it still hurts 65 years later!!!

Same thing happened to my mother also at Charing Cross except the shoe along with her foot in it were stuck with a tram bearing down on her. She managed to get away in time.
DannyH
I will never forget Charing Cross in Glasgow, for two reasons. The first one is, that is where I said goodbye to my family, aged 8, then boarding a chartered bus full of evacuees like myself to begin our long journey to Canada.

The second reason is that is where I had my first date with the girl I will be married to for 67 years, next week.

I never tire of telling people the cinema we went to was known as the Crystal Palace. It was owned by AE Pickard, the eccentric millionaire from Yorkshire who bought much of the properties in that and other nearby neighbourhoods.

Inside the cinema, were mirrors on both walls. The foyer was lit by crystal chandeliers, and had glass doors.

He performed the opening ceremony by standing across the road with a light wooden caber, then charging across the road and smashing the glass doors.

Above the front doors, and side windows, there was a model of the Forth Railway bridge, and a working model of a steam train with carriages.

During the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, he stood as an Independent candidate in General Election. His office for the period leading up to the election, was in Maryhill Road, next to a cinema named the New Star? In his office window there was a notice hanging which read, “If you vote for me you are daft”

I seem to remember that about 200 daft people voted for him.

Some years later, my brother who was an electrician was given the job of rewiring Pickards house, near Ibrox. I think it is in Dumbreck Road. In one of the rooms, there were portraits of Pickard hanging on the walls. He was dressed in full military uniform, posing as Napoleon and other historical figures. Some man!

Danny
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