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Glasgow Childhood of the 1940s
There are 6 messages in this section.

Agnes Nancy O' Connor from Thornliebank, Glasgow. Posted 4 May 2002.
I was born in Blackburn Street, Kinning park, Glasgow on 10th September 1941. I can remember the pound of the sirens going off when the Germans bombed the docks at the bottom of Blackburn street. They also bombed the little local church. In 1943 we moved to the next street, because we had to get a bigger house, as there was 2 girls and 2 boys, plus mum and dad. I can remember we all slept in the one double bed, 2 girls at top and 2 boys at the bottom. Mum and dad in the double bed recess in the living room.

By 1946 I started in school, my mum was having another baby so she was in hospital, so my oldest sister, Betty, had to look after me. When mum came home she really did her nut in, as I had my best velvet dress on, but my sister had forgot to wash my neck, so it was all black, Betty was in deep trouble. Anyway I went to school the next day, as clean as a pin.

Then when I was seven years old, we all came to Carnwadric to live. It was a different place then, it used to be very clean. There was no more old buildings, it looked very modern and the gardens made a big difference to us. I made a lot of friends at Carnwadric School and in the church. My two brothers went away to spend their later lives in the Merchant Navy and my big sister went to London as a secretary, so I was left on my own with mum as my dad was in America, as he was also in the navy. Our holidays were always spent in Saltcoats every year and also at Rothesay. My friends and I used to go dancing at 14yrs and 15yrs old to the Tudor Ballroom, Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, Barrowland Dance Hall and the Plaza Ballroom, where we used to meet boyfriends and we always had a great time.
Ewan Fallon. Posted 28 Oct 2002.
I grew up in the 30s in Carnwadric. (The house on the corner of Boydstone Rd and Thornliebank Rd --- first tenants) The Tudor was advertised as "Dancing for the Discriminating" in the early 40s, and every Saturday night Norrie McIvor and I would buy our ticket then get a pass out to visit a Shawlands pub to get fortified to press our suit as they used to say with the local discriminating beauties. Happy days looking back from my home now in Seattle USA. You were too young in those days for us men about town to notice, but thank you for the memory.

Chris Corbidge. Posted 8 Nov 2002.
My family all grew up in Carnwadric from the early thirties until the early seventies. They were the Mitchell family who lived at 715 Boydstone Rd, children's names: John, Alec, Jimmy, Margaret, Betty and David and the Gillies family who lived in Clova St, children's names Donald, Archie (Dan), Jessie, Alec, Neil and Ian (twins). Neil Gillies married Margaret Mitchell in 1960 hence my own presence in this world. Boydstone Rd in the sixties was very, very different to our present time.

I took Dad back several years ago for a trip down memory lane and he was quite horrified at how awful the area has become. So was I! My own memories of growing up andplaying in the park still remain with me today.

Harry Greenwood. Posted 20 Nov 2002.
I too grew up in Carnwadric. I was six years old when our family got a "new hoose" on Carnwadric Road at the corner of Cona Street and I attended the "widden" school" along with such boys as Murray Graham, David Torrance, Jimmy Muir, and so many others and girls too like Isa McAuslin, Beatrice Duncan and my teachers were Mr Craddock, Miss Stuart and the love of my young life Miss Phillips. I still have a school picture of around 1935. I left to join the navy in 1942 and stayed in until 1946. I didn't get home too often but when I did I danced at the Tudor and supped at Finlaysons. Now living in West Vancouver British Columbia . Would love to dig into the happenings of our generation.

stephen from clydebank. Posted 21 Dec 2004.
hi Nancy,
My gran grew up in Blackburn street, her name was Mary Gray, she married my grandfather who was John o'Connor and they stayed at 120 blackburn St. this must have been around the time of 1933 I know my grandfather had bothers & sisters in the street and my grandfather with his brothers were also in the merchant navy.

Amanda Withers from Carnwadric Road. Posted 10 Feb 2006.
My great grand parents moved into 4 carnwadric road at the beginning of WW2 and my granmother stills stays in the same hoose til this da. There were four generations of people who passed thru this house.

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