Thank you for the topic Hugh. I am
not a 3T myself but I married one - Matt Walker and we are enjoying the
emails immensely. As a kid growing up in Rutherglen, we used to go on
Sunday school trips to Stevenson. We used to go on a steam train from
Glasgow and our Sunday school from Blairbeth Parish Church along with
Mums and Dads would fill a whole train. We would have streamers flying
from the train windows. We would reach Stevenson and go to the shore
where we had lunch. I always remember the wee cardboard box with a
couple of sandwiches, a chocky biscuit and a cake and then we got a wee
square of ice cream and a drink. We had races along the grass at the
front and then head off to the "shows". There was always a few kids who
were sick after eating all these goodies and then going on rides. I
also remember singing songs on the train. As the Sunday school
dwindled, we went on double decker buses. I still remember some of the
songs: The Quartermaster's Store. Coming Round The Mountain. Climb,
Climb up Sunshine Mountain etc. They were glory days indeed!
Kind Regards Annie Walker (nee Reid)
Re: this weeks topic.
Did anyone go on the "Uganda Ship Cruises?" I went in '68.To Maderia.
Porta Delgado and Vigo.With Saltcoats Jnr High school. I had to stay on
a six months extra so I could go on this cruise. It was terrific. First
time I'd really been away from home. Found all the places we visited
fascinating .We went to a pineapple farm in Maderia, someone bought a
pineapple and we decided to open and share it in our coach,
Unfortunately all we had to cut with was a penknife-what a mess! I also
remember when we 'rounded Cape Vincente. All the Teachers were down
below -suffering! We kids were on the highest part of the ship we could
get on getting soaked by the 30 foot waves but having a ball. We also
did the "passing the Equator" with Neptune etc. This was my first
real holiday. I think it was one of my best!
Re excursions: I also remember the
Clyde Coast Bus company's 'Magical Mystery Tours' which as already
mentioned ended up in Largs. Mind you I do remember once ending up in
Weyms Bay. I guess it all depended on who gave the driver/tour leader
the best backhand.
I haven't much to say about air-raid shelters, but I vaguely remember
the one in the region of Factory Place. As I lived just around the
corner in Raise St. next to Jack Boyds (later Tomasso's) photo shop.
Does any one remember them? Also on the corner of Raise St/ Factory lane
there was a shop and behind that there was a chap with no legs who used
to transport himself on a sort of trolly. He was a damned good 'cobbler'
and we were always being sent round there to get studs on the soles of
our boots and caps to protect the fronts.
One of the best memories I have of a school trip was about 1954 when it
was our turn to spend a week at West Linton on the East coast near
Peebles. It was great. Anyone else been there?
I went on the Uganda as well with the school. the year we went from
St Andrews there wasn't a lot of people going so we had to join up
with the St mike's crowd. We all had fun but any trouble or carry on
was always St andy's crowd who done it.
in 1964 I went with Ardrossan
Academy on the MS Nevassa to Vigo Madeira and
Lisbon - it was my first time abroad and going with all my pals was
great - coincidentally someone mentioned Colin Hay of men-at-work
and he was in the same dormitory as me
in Madeira we took a toboggan ride down the mountain on the cobbled
street - had a coke in the half-way inn which was run by a Scottish
lady. Remember Lisbon as a fantastic city - must go back
I remember we did not really behave ourselves well - but we did have
fun others I remember being there are - Andy Campbell, Tommy Catto,
William Bingham, Bobby Gilmour, Panda Anderson.
My mum wouldn't let us go to West
Linton, she'd heard about 'lascivious activities' or something! Not
enough chaperoning I guess. I did get to go on the Dunera Cruise to
Copenhagen, Stockholm and Leningrad. Great time!