Memories of Ayr

Hammies Tin Hut

I remember going to newton park school and on the corner of walker road and somerset toad was hamilton's tin hut, selling penny drinks (basically coloured water)

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Buying Sixpence Worth Of Stale Buns

I remember as a wee girl going with my brother Donald to buy sixpence worth of stale buns. I don't remember the bakers but it was behind Boots the Chemist. It was always a treat if your mum had a spare sixpence and told you to go and purchase some buns. The temptation was always too much and the buns were ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by Laura Wilson

Does Anyone Remember The Rag And Bone Men?

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by Laura Wilson


My memories are so many good times, I lived at the ice Rink on Beresford Terrace I skated there almost everyday. I would get so perturbed when the curling would start because they cut our skate space to quarter ice. Sunday was the day when after church we would walk the High Street looking in the shop windows "window shopping" You didn't ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by averilvestal

A Canadian In Ayr

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by Linda Phillips

Wallace Street

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by May Reilly

Dear Or Dear House

I am attempting to trace my grandfather. I cannot find his birth place, but third child registered as born at either Dear - Deer or Dean House - Monkton - Prestwick. Can anyone provide any information?

A memory of Ayr by James Conn

Dalmilling Primary School

In the 1960s, I remember watching Dalmilling Primary being built from my Ganny's window, my first day there when I was about eight and meeting all the new pals, school sports that I was useless at, egg and spoon was torture and getting into trouble for holding it down with my thumb, skinned knees from doing the sack ...Read full memory

Early Teens In Drongan

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, ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by Joyce Lomas

Fish Chips

Having fish & chips from the Vesta Cafe on the New Road, they were the best. Playing the puggy at Favali's in the New Road. Playing down at the Newton Shore.  Skating at Ayr Ice Rink. Climbing the fence and getting into the dog track from Elmbank Street on Sunday morning to pick up anything of value the drunks had dropped the ...Read full memory

A memory of Ayr by Donald Pettigrew

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