Kennoway - a Memory of Kennoway.

Kennoway is the place that I have fond memories off and l value, guard and defend our secret village. Memories of the primary school, playing football in the playground, going to the school via the dump and coming home via the dump with my friend Alfi. I have to say, I was a happy wee boy building boogies and bikes from what we found along with our weekly outing to the local dump at Cotlands Park with the Kelly’s and Jimmy Methvan (now gone). I think of my friend Jimmy wondering what life will have been like with him still here. Life in Kennoway was always an adventure the den with its caves and cliff’s the dam, the old railway line and water tower, the fields and Myerside pond catching sticklebacks tadpoles and frogs. The walk to the pond was an adventure walking up to our waist in corn on a summer's day, never tired full of energy and wonder and plenty to say. I miss my friends, growing up and adulthood has alot to answer for but thankfully we still remember the happy time growing up in Kennoway. Growing up, was climbing the ivy at the end of the road at Castle Crescent on the edge of the field reaching the V’s was your test and goal, Drew Cassidy was the best that I can remember. Mrs Thrift who lived in the street made all kinds of tablets and was always giving us bags of crumbs to eat. With my friends David Morris, Alfi Cassidy, Jimmy Methvan, the Kelly’s, Terry Wirniskie and the Johnston’s, Karate, and Donald John. I can go on and on about my life in Kennoway and the happy times growing up from exploring the causeway and the den, where I now live, to the Miggie den camping, getting chased by the farmer when building camps with bails of straw, to building bikes without brakes or tyres flying down Castle Crescent to lying on the road looking up at the stars wondering what was up there. I also remember being hungry and cold and having coats for blankets and wearing hand-me-downs. My mother struggled to make ends meet bringing up a family of two boys and three girls on her own, but that’s another story. I would not change a thing, I class myself as being lucky and happy living in Kennoway with my friends growing up in the secret village that you can only understand by living there. By, Bill Mitchell


A memory shared by Bill Mitchell on Apr 21st, 2013. Send Bill Mitchell a message

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Tue Mar 19th 2019, at 6:31 pm
bryanthacker commented:
If your interested in Kennoway's social history get a copy of 'The Golden Days of Youth' by John Hutton Browne. It's a fascinating account of life in the village in the early part of the 19th century and pretty much unique. Available from 'Forgotten Books'
Tue Mar 19th 2019, at 6:25 pm
bryanthacker commented:
Hi there. Loved to hear the memories posted of Kennoway. I've lived here all my life (53 now) and can relate to all the stories, especially the ones relating to the den. My time was the 70's but we pretty much got up to the same (dam building etc). Lived at 64 Wellshot road with my Mum, Dad (sadly passed when I was 4yrs) and siblings John, Eddie and Sandra. Other families in the street were the Frenchies,Patersons,Simpsons,McKay's,Mitchells and Robertsons to name but a few (anyone remember old Mrs Robinson who used to give us bags of chocolate?) Had a playpark right behind the house. Played fitba' and hung on for our lives to the witches hat as it was spun at high speed (no safety surfacing in those days. Tarmac only). If only I had a TARDIS. Now live at Hill Road and don't suppose I'll ever leave. Bryan Thacker
Wed Jan 11th 2017, at 12:17 pm
jan-cook commented:
I lived in kennoway in castle crescent till I was seventeen they were the happy days of my life with my friends Marlene woods Eileen Raferty Anne prendergast katheleen smith Moria Mitchell Ronda bowman oh too reach back in time
Wed Jan 11th 2017, at 12:10 pm
jan-cook commented:
Sun Aug 2nd 2015, at 9:46 am
brian.laing52 commented:
I have just found this wonderful site takes me back to my childhood days.We left Kennoway when I was 9yrs old now approaching my 70s but remember my time there my grandad lived on the old Causway we lived in Myerside ave one of the first family's to move in.Still think it was the best place we ever lived our family name is Laing

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