DID YOU grow up in Baillieston, Mount Vernon or Garrowhill?

Thanks for the Memories is on tour once again, and we will be popping in to Baillieston Library on April 30 to hear your stories.

Perhaps you went to school in the area, or worked for one of the well-known local businesses or shops?

Maybe you remember the trams, or the cinemas and dance halls of this part of the east end?

Despite being on each other’s doorsteps, Ballieston, Mount Vernon and Garrowhill all have their own distinct identities.

Baillieston Library, built in 1966, is a hub for all three, as librarian Karen Gillies explains.

“The library has been around for more than 50 years, and we have built up a great archive of photos and memories from local people,” she says.

“A family history group meets here regularly and our local history events are always well-attended.

“Baillieston still has quite a village feel to it, even though it has changed a great deal over the decades. There are many people living in the area who have been here for a long time.”

On April 30, from 10.30am until 12.30pm, the Evening Times will be at Baillieston Library to hear your stories of times past. The library has a great collection of archive material and photos all about the surrounding areas, and this will be on display too to spark memories.

It includes fantastic photographs covering life in Baillieston from its early times as a mining village to more recent sporting successes.

Perhaps you remember when the streets of Baillieston were full of floats, celebrating the Queen’s coronation in 1953? Maybe you have associations with the local bowling or cricket clubs, or attended Baillieston Public School on Scott Street?

Do you recall the shops on Baillieston’s Main Street – Beveridge’s Sweet Shop, Picken’s the Grocer, Eastman’s butcher – or those at Garrowhill’s Bank Corner, where Baillieston and Barrachnie Roads meet?

Some local families may have associations with the area’s mining history, when workers at Bredisholm Colliery, Barrachnie Pit, Station Pit and their families lived in miners’ rows.

Other famous businesses in the area included McFarlane Paton’s Preserve Works, which closed in the 1950s, Reid’s ‘ginger works’ and Sam Stark’s haulage firm.

Perhaps you are a football fan, and recall the heady days of 1980 when Baillieston Junior FC won the Scottish Junior Cup? Did you ever go tattie howkin’ at Findlay’s nurseries in Springhill?

We would love to hear your memories of Baillieston, Garrowhill and Mount Vernon on April 30 – and if you cannot make it along, email ann.fotheringham@heraldandtimes.co.uk or write to Ann Fotheringham, Evening Times, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3QB and share your photos and stories.

Through our regular library drop-in events, which have now taken place all over the city, and our letters page and email banks, we are compiling a fantastic archive of stories and pictures, all dedicated to the city we love.

We would love to hear more– where did you grow up? Where did you work? What are your favourite memories of your old neighbourhood? Can you remember the old theatres, dance halls and shops? Get in touch – and don’t forget to add a contact name and telephone number or email address.