A wee trip down memory lane…
Dalmarnock was a busy busy place when I was a child, I loved my primary school and I am still best friends with a girl I went to primary school with, young people want to hear what Dalmarnock used to be like….. It was a great place to live back then – Margaret, 78
Oh I remember the back court singers like Nancy Whiskey, she used to gather up all the kids and we would have sing songs in the back courts – Mary, 63
I was born in Baltic Street, still live in Dalmarnock in Troon Street. We used to have butchers, bakers, fishmongers, fruit shops to name a few now we have even lost the post office. An athlete’s village will not compensate for the loss of our schools and sporting outlets. We had a public park with bowls, tennis courts and football parks these are now all gone and hundreds of houses lying empty. Oh for the good old days
My great grandpa Alex Miller lived at no 4 Ardenlea Street from at least 1916. My grandparents (Peter Miller) moved out of No 72 in 1946 to accommodate my parents (dad also Alex) when they started a family. Was born in the old doctor’s surgery in Dalmarnock Road at the foot of Springfield Street, which was at one time a listed building but eventually demolished. Remember the old surgery the smell of Dettol and the dispensary with all its polished wood and brass and glass bottles. Would love to know more about the building, Went to Springfield Rd Primary School until we were re housed to Castlemilk in 1955 or 56.
My name is George Restrick. I used to live in Beechgrove St, 71 till end of 73. I loved it, great memories. I went to Our Lady of Fatima until it got burned down. I remember John Todd we were in the same class, Miss Fields was our teacher. I moved to Garthamlock for 10 years. I now live in Blairgowrie .
My name is Alexandra Johnstone. I was born at 446 Baltic Street in 1953. We lived with my grandparents at first – Alec and Sally Johnston. My mother Betty Johnston grew up on Baltic Street. I went to Springfield Road School until 1960 when we moved to Haddington. Grandma & Grandma continued to live on Baltic Street until 1968 when we all moved to Canada. I have lots of fond memories of the area – the swing park on Baltic Street and Danny the park keeper who used to swing his tin of hot tea round over his head and lots of other things and places.
I grew up 434 Baltic Street. My family lived there from 1944, having previously lived at 606 Dalmarnock Road, until my mother Mrs Christina Burke moved to live in Sandyhills, Glasgow in 1969. I attended Sacred Heart Boys ‘School from 1944 until 1949, then St Mungo’s Academy until 1955 when I left Glasgow to attend Medical School in St Andrews University. I had a very happy childhood living in Baltic Street and fondly remember how all the children would travel to Cathkin Braes (a major journey in those days!) to picnic and roll our Easter eggs every Easter – Dr Terry Burke
I revisited Baltic Street in 2005 and was shocked by what I saw. I stood in Baltic Street for quite literally 10 minutes and did not catch sight of a single living soul. It was as if someone had exploded a neutron bomb leaving the buildings physically intact while eliminating all living beings. It was sad to stand in deserted streets where once there had been a living vibrant community, admittedly living in substandard housing, but in spite of that gloriously alive. I ended my 2005 visit to Baltic Street feeling deeply depressed. I don’t know if anyone who lived in Baltic Street when I did will read this, but if they do I send them my friendly greetings. I now live in rural Aberdeenshire near Banff, where I retired in 2001 after living and working in the Far East for nearly 40 years.
My name is Brenda Maclauchlan (nee McLean). I lived in the top flat of 39 Ashgrove Street and went to Strathclyde Primary until Dec 1968 (I was 10 when I left). We moved to Mount Florida in 1968 after my Dad had saved a few pounds every week for a very long time to get an £80 deposit together to buy a flat. Our neighbours were Jim and Lena Sweeney who had a daughter called Debbie. I have two brothers, David and Tom and a sister born in 1969 called Pauline. I remember the back courts and outside toilet in the landing. My kids think I’m making it up! We had a room and kitchen and no hot water for the 10 years we lived there – sounds like something from Dickens but we had a lovely flat (mother very house proud). My Mum worked part time in the grocers in Beechgrove St, her name is Lena and my father, who is now sadly dead, was called Tommy and he was a house painter.
I am Frank Reilly and stayed in Dalmarnock Rd and Baltic St in 60s and 70s. I remember when the old Our Lady of Fatima School was burnt down. We had to get a coach to Purn St School awaiting the new one being built. That’s when I stayed in Baltic. When we moved to Dalmarnock Rd I ended up working for Bob the butcher for a quid a week, happy days then.
Richard Rinn born in Baltic Street 1950 father Walter Rinn was foreman of Tizers in Swanston Street. We moved to a house joined on to the factory. My father has a cousin who had a barber shop on Dalmarnock Road next to Taylor Brothers. His Brother Dick Rinn had a shop in Fairbairn Street. They all did their drinking in Craibs, then the Boundary Bar. We ended up staying in 811 Dalmarnock Road. Every night was a party in our house and we had great times. I note in the post above mine Jamie Barnes is mentioned. I still go to see him he has a band Cochise who plays in Drummonds (Old Dial Inn) most Saturdays 7.00 to 9.00.
Was told about this project from John Todd when we got chatting and discovered we had both lived in woddrop st, it’s a small world right enough! my names Liz Mack we stayed at no. 3 you might remember me as boo boo Mack ha ha ha didnt hav a clue where that came from? We all had daft nit name then. Don’t laugh I’ll be 50 this year and still get the occasional ” hi boo how’s it gawn” then I know they came from Dalmarnock!! We have great memories of growing up there I remember Mr @ Mrs Higgins her name was jenny? They lived above us, I don’t remember a great deal just that they were old then?