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Memories of Leslie
Leslie, A Busy Town
I have lived in Leslie since 1948, was born in St Andrews where we spent the war years. After father was demobbed he returned to working in the gas industry and through hard work he was appointed gas manager in Leslie, hence my Leslie connection. 1950 was the year I started work as an apprentice draughtsman with the De La Rue Co at Strathendry Mill. I was 15 years old. At that time there were plenty of jobs in Leslie with three large mills providing work not only for Leslie but for the surrounding area as far afield as Lochgelly and Leven. This period was probably the best time in Leslie with plenty of shops catering for all the necessities in life. At that time there was a tennis club, cricket club, bowling club, curling club and of course the golf club which was established in 1898, I joined the golf club in 1954 and have enjoyed every minute. We also had a YMCA which catered for the youth, there were... Read more
The Monday Club
The same company from the eighties are still sitting together in the noughties (2009) !! Catherine, Kirsty and Jacqui Sala, Greig and Shirley Ann Beveridge, Vikki Law, Sarah Diggan and the infamous but loveable rough Jim Morgan! Still listening to Fleetwood Mac. We are off to see The Eagles on July 4th, the Kinglassie famous, and much loved by all, Becky (Ricky, Beck, Rebecca, Bex) Beveridge introduced The Eagles to us in the early eighties, which has always been in our heart and a forever favourite.
We are all sitting havin a hair of the dog at Catherines, Jim is lovin Beat It by Micheal Jackson as I type this, singing 'sheet it' instead of 'beat it' - if you know Jim, u know the script. Jacqui cracking us all up as usual. Going to T in the Park (for the 14th year) camping on the Friday night for the first time! ohhhhhhhhh so we are saying just now any way.
Anyway a bit about us for the... Read more
Is Thornton Junction still working? I lived in Methil in the 1940s and Methil had a busy station and I remember when we got to Thornton Junction we heard "All change Thornton Junction". I forget where we were going as I am in my 70's, it wasn't Edinburgh, I think that was change at Kirkcaldy.
I left Scotland heading to Australia on the SS Ormonde. My dad Frank, worked in the railways in Thornton. I can remember the smell of the steam engines which I still love. I did go back a few years ago to try and find family I only had a few days. I was looking for the Ogilvie side (my dad's family ) and the Allan side (my mum's side). I went through my old school in Thornton and it had not changed a bit. My old prefab in Beech Ave had been demolished which was sad. Lots of good childhood memories.
I was born in Shuttlefield in Freuchie, my maiden name is McKinlay, I went to school there. I'm in Leven now and would love to hear from pupils I was at school with or anyone who came from there too.
22 June 2010
My wife Mary Ross was born and bred in Milton of Balgonie. We got married in July 1970. It has allways been a very freindly place and still is, even with a lot of outsiders livving here. I came from West Lothian in the late 1950s with my parents for the pits, and to educate the Fifers, which I think we have done a no bad job (only kidding!).
My name is Mike Wilson, I was born in 1952 and lived in Lochore in the prefabs, and then later on Kenilworth Terrace. I moved to the states in 1967. I have great childhood memories of those days. My friends were George Whiskers and Duncan McGalloway, who lived one street over. I went to St. Kenneths Primary school and then to St. Columbas school in Cowdenbeath, and played on the football team there. I am trying to find any school pictures from St. Kenneths from the 1962-1964 era. I remember a couple of my teachers, Mr. Raymond and Miss Urquart. I am still friends with a girl named Eileen Dunsmuir, who lives in Lochgelly (her maiden name was Rowan). I have been back to visit many times over the years and still have some relatives in the area. I live in the Baltimore area. I have an older brother, Pete who lives near Washington D.C. Any picture or general memories would be much appreciated