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High School in Govan
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Mrs Eleanor Robson (nee Brown) from Govan, Glasgow. Posted 7 May 2004.
I was a senior pupil at Govan High School in 1962, just having finished my higher exams and looking forward to the month of June which would be a bit more relaxing. However, I think it was the first week in June, one evening about 5 o'clock about one hour after we left school, word went round - the "big school's on fire!"
Being surrounded by tenements - the word went round fast and so we all ran up to see - (we couldn't believe this) oh dear! What a sight! Flames coming out of the roof of the grand old main building - fire engines everywhere - what excitement. Mixed feelings - younger pupils were excited and overjoyed - older pupils a bit more mature and responsible felling quite sad. The fire gutted the building to such an extent that the building had to be demolished and we senior pupils spent the last weeks in June retrieving books etc and moving them to the old Bellahouston Academy building, which then became Govan High for several years until a new school was built. The fire was apparently caused by work-men using blow lamps on the roof.

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