A FORGOTTEN photograph buried in a Baillieston library book sparked all kinds of memories for Isobel Gordon.

“I had no idea this picture existed – it was a lovely surprise to find it,” she smiles.

Isobel was one of dozens of residents who came along to our recent

Thanks for the Memories

drop-in event at Baillieston Library.

Leafing through the library’s collection of old photos and newspaper articles from the local area, she discovered a black and white picture of her father.

“That’s my dad, Donald Connor, driving the tractor up at Findlay’s farm,” says Isobel, proudly. “It must have been taken around the 1940s.

“I loved going up to see him at work, because I could feed the horses.”

Isobel has fond memories too, of another local horse.

“Jerry the horse was the milkman’s horse, delivering the milk to Garrowhill – and he knew to stop at every single door along the route,” she laughs.

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Isobel, who now lives in Swinton, came along to our Thanks for the Memories event with her friend Isabel Logan.

“My dad, George Wylie, was a sergeant in the army and then he worked in the steelworks, and my mum Emily worked in the Jeely Works, which is what we all called the preserve factory up the road,” says Isabel.

“We used to take the trams from our house in Barrachnie to school. Sometimes we were sent up to the farmer’s field with a bag and a fork, to get some tatties to take home for tea.”

She adds: “We also filled the pram with old clothes to take up to the rag shop, which was called Mulhollands.”

Both women loved growing up in and around Baillieston and Garrowhill.

“It was a happy childhood,” nods Isobel.

“I found a poem all about old Baillieston who was written by the late Jenny Graham, nee Reid. It sums up what it was like to live here.”

She adds: “It speaks about ‘Baur’s the bakers, where you queued right round the shop/For Bertie’s special fruit cakes/German -or Empire – biscuits with the cherry on the top’ and ‘Grace Stark had the fruit shop, she wore high heels and a hat/but her stuff was awfy dear and she couldn’t blame it on VAT.

“It’s great to read about all the old shops we recognise!”

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The poem also reveals what was on sale at Thomson the Chemist – “where we were told you got weans oot a bottle/and bone combs tae rid ye of beasties in total/Evening in Paris, Californian Poppy and Snowfire cream, and sixpence of Ippy Qiana wine syrup of squills and glycerine!”

It mentions “Toni Tobia’s café for ice cream wi’ McCallum and hot peas and vinegar/and sherbet dabs, when the liquorish was done ye just used your finger” and recalls the juke box in the Regal Cafe and Sunday school trips on the tram.

Jenny rounds off her poem with: “McFarlane Paton’s factory where they made sweets and jam and jelly/And everybody worked there, every Isa, Jock and Nellie/ Do you remember the five o’clock hooter, it made such a rammy?/And I’m here tonight because it’s where my daddy met my mammy!”

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Over the next few weeks, Thanks for the Memories will be bringing you more Baillieston memories. Did you live in the area? Do you have old photos and stories to share? It would be great to hear from you.

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.

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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.

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