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Dances in the 1960s
There are 8 messages in this section.

Maurice Mallon from Dumbarton. Posted 13 Apr 2002.
The Loch Lomond Rowing Club is located on the river Leven, but all of the Regattas were held on Loch Lomond. We hosted two types of dances, one being the annual regatta dance when we hosted our regatta that day and had the dance in the evening. This was a very popular event and many of our visitors from other clubs stayed in the clubhouse overnight to avoid driving.

The second type of dance began when the club needed funds to build a new clubhouse and to purchase new boats and oars. At the very same time, the Lennoxbank Hotel, which was almost diectly across the river Leven from us, was building a huge new dance hall. We were the very first customer on opening night hosting a Loch Lomond Rowing Club Dance. We had the hottest bands available in Strathclyde at that time (I remember the Apaches because I knew them all). Anyway we had an absolutely blowout night with over 1300 paying participants. This success led us to continue these dances every month and we soon paid for the new clubhouse and the new boats. Many a romance was kindled at the rowing club dances. Girls from Glasgow, Drumchapel etc would rent buses to get there and home.
I met my dear wife Jessica at the Majestic Ballroom on Renfield St in Glasgow. I was 21 and she said she was 17, she later admitted to being 16. We were married 3 years later and moved to Canada 6 months after. We had twin boys who are now 29 and Jessica and I are having a ball with our grandaughter Julia.
One final anecdote about the new "shells" which we purchased with our "Dance" income. We sudddenly went from having the worst boats in Scotland to having the very best. The Scottish 4 team at that time were very unpopular at the club races, since they had basically picked the best 4 guys in Scotland. That was OK, but then they raced every week against the club teams and "stole" all the prizes. Our boat captain in Loch Lomond was a very plain spoken man. The Scottish team asked Jackie if they could borrow our new shell for their next race. Jackie said that he had watched them row and felt that they would damage the boat, so unfortunately he had to decline.
Alexandria Nelson from Florida, USA. Posted 16 Apr 2002.
Anyone remember Arcaries in Balloch or the Roxy in Renton in the late 50'early 60's?

Maurice Mallon from Toronto. Posted 14 May 2002.
Yes I remember both Arcaries in Balloch and the Roxy in Renton. Mrs Arcary personaly screened everybody and would not let you in if you had been drinking. Balloch was a popular spot on a Sunday due to the many hotels. Pubs were closed on Sundays but the hotels could serve "travellers" provided that food was ordered. The hotels got around that by serving a small sandwich plate to everyone.

Mary Davidson(Mullen) from Dumbarton. Posted 14 May 2003.
Well I should remember them.
Like you I am still trying to get demo record


May Mayberry. Posted 22 Apr 2002.
I remember when I stayed in Govan, we had very happy days. We used to play hide and seek, kick the can, statues, whip and peeries while the boys played with girds. We also used to go roller skating, we used to go to a wee work shop in Vicarfield St and the man used to oil them for us. We used to hang on to the back of the horse and cart and get pulled along, it was great fun. We used to play in a street called Southcroft St, we called it the smoothie, it was great for skating on. My children played on it when they grew up. When I grew up I went to the F & F dancing in Partick, on a Sunday we went to the F & F's club, it was great. When I started work I worked in Shieldhall, it was owned by the Co-op. I worked in tailoring making trousers and blazers. I met my friend there, that was in 1953 and we are still friends yet. When I left there a year later I went to work in a biscuit factory in Kinning Park, it was called Skribbins and Kemps. I met a girl there who I became friends with, she got married and I went to her wedding, where I met her brother. I got married to him a year later and we will be married for 46yrs this November. I would like to say I have had a great life, and will always be glad I was brought up in Govan, it is a wonderful place.

james c a campbell from adelaide australia. Posted 30 Sep 2003.
just a small note to say that i was replying to the email by kathleen mathews and not the others so hope i didnt put anyones nose out of joint un-intentionally
james campbell

Kathleen Matthews. Posted 7 Aug 2002.
I grew up in Govan, Southcroft St, but I remember parts of Govan that were absolutely awful. Thank God we moved to Penilee. People should not have to live in squalor like Neptune St, that place was a nightmare!

James C A Campbell. Posted 11 Oct 2002.
I was going to send a reply that stated how I felt about your comments about my place of birth, but cannot find the words to explain how it felt as a child to live in a place that was all we had.
I will just paraphrase Mr Connolly in that we knew no different, to us it was our place and we were proud to live there, my mother kept a beautiful clean house as I believe all GOVAN women did and were proud of their accomplishments no matter how little people such as yourself thought of our street.

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