Some fair fans fought in big show

JUST because there was a war raging didn't mean all fun stopped on the home front.

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Sure, essentials such as food and coal may have been in short supply, but the shows still turned up to keep Glaswegians entertained.

The Vinegar Hill shows, in Camlachie, north of the Gallowgate were full of families in 1919, although many groups were missing dads or older brothers, who had gone off to join the army.

The showground, which was owned by the Green family, of Green's Playhouse fame, had hosted fairgrounds since the 1870s, with many travelling carnival families also overwintering on the site.

It's sad to say that many of the young lads here would soon be swapping the fair's air-guns and shooting galleries for the real thing.


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