As you walk on bye the post office there 's " White's " church, many a happy night i spent in the church hall attending the 1st Stevenston BBs. The captain was Mr Lockhart " Jimmy" to his friends, and what a great leader he was.
He also was in charge of the senior football team, which won everything going in the years i played. Our greatest rivals were the 3rd Stevenston company, it was like Rangers v Celtic, but i can honestly say they very rarely beat us.
Moving on up the street there was Gilmour's wee shop which sat next to the church, and across the road was the tearoom which has featured in many a post. Then came the Ardeer Halls, the BBs used this a lot for their displays which were done in a very regimented way. We had a gymnastic display, and some sort of syncranised marching, add in a bit of singing, a first aid display and the prize giving and you can get the idea.
I can recall the higher grade and the primary school holding their "Easter Parade" in the halls as well. This extravagansa consisted of every primary class doing a little something. I was involved in a sketch when i was in primary 2, which was the "Teddy bears picnic" mummy bear was Margaret Thompson, daddy bear was Roy Douglas and guess who was baby bear, that's right yours truly.
If memory serves me right our costumes were made from hessian sacks which were very loose fitting. One night during the three bears walk round the picnic table, my costume slipped to cover my eyes, which resulted in me falling off the stage. Thank the lord there were no video cameras. This spectacular always ended with the last year pupils doing an opera. These were very well rehersed pieces of entertainment, with only the best singers getting the staring rolls. We have done the "Pirates of Penzants" and the "Mikado" which if i'm not mistaken our very own Anne McBride took one of the lead rolls? A bit of a chanter is our Anne.
Any way i digress from my walk.Across the road from the "halls" was the wee dairy, and next door was Armours which i think was a hardwear store, then there was Gilmour's a grocery shop.
On the same side as the "halls" was Joe's cafe, then a bakers, it may have been Parks. Next to that was Sawyers's paper shop, If i remember correctly up the close there lived a boy, i forget his name, but he owned a monkey. My big cousin Christine Allan lived up the close as well. You know, i'm getting stuck with the next shop, so maybe LP could take us on the next stage, and cold fill in the remaining shops down below the station gates.