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The Cheapside Street Whisky Bond Fire of March 1960
There are 18 messages in this section.

Bob Wright from Glasgow. Posted 21 Dec 2004.
My father served with the Glasgow Fire Service and I grew up in the North-West Fire Station in Kelbourne Street, Glasgow.

I was only 6 years old at the time of the Cheapside fire but I can still remember my father, who was off duty at the time, being told of the fire and going back on duty to assist with fire fighting operations. He was joined by many other off duty personnel.

I later joined the Glasgow Fire Service and although now retired from the Brigade, I am chairman of Strathclyde Fire Brigade Preservation Group, an organisation that restores and maintains old fire engines and fire fighting equipment.
David Tierney from Glasgoq. Posted 5 Apr 2005.
My Granda fought the Cheapside street fire. He lost a lot of freinds that day.....My father also served in the brigade....His name was Tam Tierney - do you know him?

Arnott Baird from Canada. Posted 24 Jun 2005.
I'm trying to find a cousin, Arlene Newbigging, wife of Bob. The last contact from Bob was a letter from North West fire station in July 1989.

Zoe Coll from Lanarkshire. Posted 3 Jun 2005.
My mothers father died in the Cheapside Street fire. My mother was only 7, she has a twin brother. My grandfather's name was James Mungall. He was not supposed to be working that night, but swapped shifts with a friend.

Howard Allan from British Columbia, Canada. Posted 14 Nov 2005.
My uncle, James Allan, also died in the fire at the Cheapside Street fire. He was the brother of Duncan Allan who married Margaret and moved to Canada. Anyone who knew either one please reply.

Allan Walker from Glasgow. Posted 26 Apr 2006.
My father [Gordon Walker] was on duty at the Cheapside street fire -he went on to complete over 30 years service mostly based at Central fire station in Ingrman Street, Glasgow.

Andy Whitelaw from Fife. Posted 16 Jan 2006.
If this is the same person who served at East Fire Station in the 60s then I knew him well

Linda Curran from Glasgow. Posted 5 Apr 2006.
My father worked with the Salvage Core and died in the Cheapside Fire - I was only 5 and the time with brothers of aged 6, 3 and 18 months. My mother is still alive and well. My fathers names was Gordon McMillan.

William Oliver from Lenzie. Posted 7 Mar 2006.
My father (same name) died at this fire. Send me an e-mail and I will try to help you with your enquiry.

Douglas J Miller from Isle of Skye Scotland. Posted 5 Apr 2006.
My Dad was in the service with Bob, if you can leave it with me my dad will try and find Bob through his contacts. Dad came out of the the service in 1988. He was Divisional Commander ADiv And then Div Cmndr F troop. If you would like to contact me my home number is 44 (0) 1478 611571

If you get this please let me know.
Yours Aye


Linda Curran from Glasgow. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
My maiden name is McMillan and my father, Gordon McMillan, died in the Cheapside Fire. I have three brothers and my mother, Margaret McMillan is still alive.

Ian Miller from Glasgow. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
I know Bob Newbigging as I was his Divisonal Commander in Strathclyde Fire Brigade. My son, who lives in Skye, contacted me when he saw your message and I have put out a couple of feelers to try to contact Bob and Arlene for you. If you e-mail me, I will keep in touch.

Ian Miller

Joseph J.Brown from 28 Central Avenue Gretna. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
Message for Andrew Wood, Glasgow.
My brother John B Brown was actively involved at the fire, he was a member of Centre St Fire Station at the time. He lives at 136 Scaraway Street, Milton, Glasgow.

Derek Hooper from Scotland. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
My father was on duty at the fire and served another 11 yrs before being killed in the Kilbirrie Street fire on the 25 August 1972.

KAREN MCKAY from GLASGOW. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
my mothers name is annette howie (macmillan)i think she may have been your dads sister.also in contact with his sister isobel,and late brother alec.

Marion Jones from Portsmouth. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
My father also attended this fire, again he was off duty at the time. His name was Station Officer William Cameron. aka Bill or Big Wull. Sadly he passed away in 1971. Does any surviving fireman remember him. He retired in 1965 and used to live in Auchinairn. He spent all of his career at ingram Street.

G from Glasgow. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
To let you all know that John Reidford, a Fire officer at the Cheapside fire, died on 14th September 2006, aged 84. Thanks John.

Bob Simpson from Reading. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Reply for Howard Allen: I knew Duncan Allen and Ian Allen from Sunday School days in Partick. My father was in Glasgow Fire service at Partick, living in the Central Fire Station after 1951. I spoke to Ian about a month before he was killed at Cheapside Street, when visiting my parents (I had moved south). I had previously been in the AFS at the Central, so I knew 6 of the Central men who died, also others who lived in the Central. Incidentally, Ian Allen was the name I always knew, although he was listed as John Allen in reports of the fire, and on the subsequent memorials at the Glasgow Necropolis and in the Central Fire Station (later re-installed at Cowcaddens when the Central closed. I can supply more detail if asked.

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