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I definately remember the little zoo on the front of the esplanade probably in the 1960's. There were some birds and possibly a monkey but I remember particularly a huge tortoise ( it may have been a turtle), which was claimed to be over 100 years old. In those days there were also rowing boats for hire on the (...Read full memory)

Just before you were leaving the wee "zoo" on the prom at Largs, there was a sign, I believe it said...."The most dangerous animal in the world"........... It was a mirror !

As distant memory serves me, the zoo was the brain-child of a local man by the name of Frank Roche. He was also owner of two rea-painted boats which were used for taking tourists on tours around the Cumbraes. They were "Comet" and "Carefree". Unlike the other four boat hirers, who plied their trade from the shore, Mr Roche kept his (...Read full memory)

I remember the zoo, I used to work in it. Email: teddieboyce@talktalk.net

I was only a boy of 13 maybe 14 but we Kilbirnie folk regularly did the casual work, waitering ect, to the bus runs. Then on a Saturday night it was a great dance hall. I remember well dancing the night away with some middle-aged bit. The walk home over the Halyie brae was not so much fun but I always got back.

I have vague memories of a zoo on the water front at Largs. It definitely had a monkey that got loose inside the small building on occasions and would steal your scarf.  There may also have been various birds. Can anyone refresh or debunk this memory? Any details would be welcome.