Tall, Dark, n’ Handsome???.

Tall, Dark, n’ Handsome???.
Written for Historic Hamilton By Hugh Hainey.
A wish a wis in Hamilton wae ye’s awe tae celebrate this Hogmany”
A wish we could awe join hawns, n’ sing the wee songs of yesterday,,
A wish a could hear the piper play “Auld Lang Syne” just wance more,,
A wish a wis there tae see awe the schemes, come oot their front door,,,
A wish a could be somedaes first foot,fur a change, mibby “”Carol Boyd,,
A wish a wis Tall, Dark, n’ Handsome,, so thit she’ll no be too “annoyed,,,
A wish a could visit “Kit Frank Duddy’s hoose, tae look it his “poetry files,,
A wish a could look through his wee tablet box, n’ git sumthin fur ma piles,
A wish a wis it that bonfire in “Carnwath, singin songs fae days gone by,,
A wish a could but a cannie, cause a know “Garry” wid make me the guy,,
A wish fur Janet, Elizabeth, Betty, Wilma, n’ Elsie.all things that are good,,,
A wish fur each and everyone of them a happy n’ a magical “Seniorhood”
A wish awe the places that wur shut wae the cooncil, wur still open noo,,,
A wish but thir gone now,, except in the memories of people like me n’ you,
A wish a could meet up wae ma auld pals, though some ur dead n’ gone,,,,
A wish “Awrra Best” tae them still here, n’ the ithers, memories linger on,,,
A wish, n’ A wish, bit always wishin’ thit ma wishes wid somehow come true,
A wish thit most of all “2018,,, will bring the very best to everyone of you,,,,,,

First Foot
Picture courtesy of Visit Scotland.

Eddlewood Gala Day 1985.

Eddlewood Gala Day 1985.

The Eddlewood Gala Day June 1985. On Saturday the 8th of June, the people of Eddlewood enjoyed their Gala Day.

Although the weather was a bit disappointing it did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who gathered at Hollandbush Park. The Gala Queen was Andrea McSkimming and her maids of honour were Andrea Shepherd and Jane McGowan.

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The Rutherglen Pipe band were in attendance as were the Chapelhall Majorettes. There was also a gymnastic display and a wide selection of stalls, which all added to a happy Gala atmosphere.

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To round off the 1985 Eddlewood Gala Day many people also attended the dance at the Eddlewood hall that same night.

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Can you see any familiar faces in the pictures? Please feel free to tag anyone that you know. Did you attend the Eddlewood Gala Day in 1985? Tell us about your day, or even better, send us your pictures.

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Alex Fotheringham 1985WM.

In 1985 Alex Fotheringham was making news instead of selling it. He was elected, president of the Scottish Council of the national federation of retail newsagents.
In 1985 Mr Fotheringham’s family had owned the newsagent’s shop at 20 Annsfield Road for more than 50 years.
His new post put him in charge of an organisation which represented the interests of 3,000 Newsagent members throughout Scotland.
Mr Fotheringham who was 50 at the time said that his wife Ellen, along with his three grown-up children, Anne, Andrew & Ellenor would be helping out in the shop during his presidential time with the organisation.
What are your memories of Alex Fotheringham’s Newsagents on Annsfield Road?

Udston Primary 1985.

Udston Primary 1985

Udston Primary 1985 featuring ‘Squeak’ the easter Chick. Squeak was born following a Farm animal project from the kids in Room 5 & 6.

The children took turns to monitor the egg which was being kept in an incubator, supplied by Earnock High School. After watching it for many days the egg cracked and out popped Squeak!

Some of the kids in the picture are Karenn Scott who was the first person to see the egg move, Scott McEwan who was one of the youngest pupils on the project.

Can you name the rest of the kids in the photo? Let us know.

Councillors, Barbara McKinnon & Senga Dallas, Clash on Burnbank Main Street.

Burnbank - Senga Dallas 1985WM.

Burnbank in March 1985 saw two councillors clash in the Main Street.

The Councilors squared up to each other in public, however, the opening of a giant outdoor draughts board was a happy occasion indeed.

The 16ft by 16ft draughts board was created by Hamilton district council and manpower services commissions workers as part of the landscaping project in the Centre of Burnbank.

Watched by the local residents of Burnbank, councillors Barbara McKinnon & Senga Dallas, who originated the idea, got the first outdoor game underway.

It was hoped that the older residents of Burnbank would use the board during the summer months. Thus enabling them to enjoy one of their favourite pastimes in the fresh air. The cost of the project was £1,500.

Do you remember the outdoor draughts, board? Of even better can you put a name to any of the people in the picture? Let us know.

The Hamilton Town Hotel 1985.

Hamilton Town Hotel 1985.

The Hamilton Town Hotel 1985.

3 – Course Business Lunch for only £2. With business lunches also available at ‘Pinkies’. Why in 1985 go anywhere else in Hamilton?

The Hamilton Town Hotel will bring back many memories for a lot of people. I can remember when this was called O’Neill’s in the late 90s.

What are your memories of the Town Hotel & Pinkies?