Ayr, High Street 1900
Memories of Ayr, High Street 1900
hi can anyone help me im looking for the craig family. my gran's maiden name was craig jean--joan craig. she had a sister called lizzy-georgina and a brother called patrick-albert. lizzy's daughter jeannett lived in annbank in the sixtys i think she had 2 children her husband's name was davy. my gran married alaxander ramage from glasgow. hope someone can help me please thank you. :)
i remember my pal at school always wanted a mouse but never had any money . one day he came to me and said the man had gave him one for nothing and would i keep it in my hut . well the first time i went to feed it it came out the box , ran up my arm, jumped on to the ground and was never seen again . it was a wild one that the guy had caught in the shop |
I lived in Ayr from 1966 to 1968, married a Scot in 1969 and then moved to Glasgow. I have fond memories of a kind Ayr landlady, visits to the cinema, strolls around the lovely little town and catching the bus to Kilmarnock for my first (temp) job with the Kilmarnock Electric Co. where my 'Canadian' spelling got me into trouble with my Scots boss! I felt safe staying at the YWCA residence in Ayr and enjoyed sharing my room with my Welsh roommate, Leslie. Leslie also married a Scot, Stuart Finney and I sure would like to reconnect with her. Is the Ayr YWCA still operating I wonder? Linda, Ontario, Canada
On tv at last, school bus, with a clippie, snowed in, couldn't get from Drongan to Cumnock Academy, should have been a good day off, but had to walk through loads of snow from Coalhall to Drongan, no thermals in those days! Old village of Drongan, initially miners row, expanded to one small council estate, then incomers, who lived across the water, other side of the burn, to work in the pits, foreigners from as far afield as Glasgow and Lesmahagow, how times change!
I remember in the 1950s a 'rag store' in Wallace Street. It was on the opposite side from the rent office of that time. I don't remember the name of the owner though. There was also a pet shop near the corner with River Street. We called it the 'big' pet shop. That was the one with the black monkey called 'Snowy'. They had a myna bird as well I think. Or was that the other pet shop round the corner? Anyway I remember a parrot as well!!
His name was Mr Mathias and his place was in Allison St, my friends and I used to take rags to get enough maoney to go to the pictures. He was well known around the streets.
Doe anyone remember Mr Rossi who had a chip shop Main Rd, Whitletts. He had a coca cola machine with ice cold coke in a glass bottle. He also used to sell the bits of batter that came off the fish - I used to buy a twopenny bag and loved it . Very fond memories of his chip shop.
My great great gran used to own pawn shops which my mother said was on the four corners Wallace Street, George Street, Princes Street, maybe King Street. I would love to know if anyone remembers them and what her name was. Also in the early 30's there was a young boy killed and found behind a jump at Ayr racecourse - any memories - the boy came from Lochside.
Does anyone remember the rag and bone men that used to come round the scheme looking for old rags etc? I was so desperate to own a red balloon, nothing was to stand in my way, but where would I get enough good quality rags from? Being a wee lassie and not really understanding,that you shouldn't take your mums best towels, and sheets got me into hot water. My poor wee mum had to chase the rag and bone man down the road to retrieve her stuff.........I got to keep the balloon as the old man had a good laugh! Does anyone remember the bird on a stick? It used to whistle when you spun it round your head, it was great fun! I have so, so many happy memories of growing up in the 1960s and maybe that's why I tend to live in the past too much... It's a fault of mine.