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    219th Boys' Brigade Glasgow, Bridgeton

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Disbanded
St.Lukes, Calton New Parish Church, Bain Square

When I joined the 219th BB in 1972 this was how the church looked, the 28th BB were also attached to this church at that time...the swingpark has now been removed and the area landscaped and pedestrianised.
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Meetings :    John St Primary School (   - 1975)  John Street Primary school closed in 1975
Dalmarnock Primary School (1975-1980's )
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 219th BB ... click on photographs to enlarge  

219 / 19th BB Camp, Portrush 1969 Skegess camp 1970 Whitley Bay 1971 Skegness 219 / 19th BB camp St Cyrus weekend camp 1973 219th / 19th BB camp to Southport 219th / 19th BB camp Jersey
Portrush 
1969
Skegness 
1970
Whitley Bay 1971 Skegness 
1973
St Cyrus 
1973
Southport 
1976
Jersey 
1980
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2005-2016
Reunions
Display Prog
1964
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 219th BB Band..... photographs

1974
First Parade

1974/75
Glasgow 

1976
Southport 

1978
Drumbeat 

1978
City Chambers 

1979
Sanquhar 

1981
Arena

1983
Arena

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219th BB company history :  no details

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BB Band History : In the 2nd February 1885 William Smith wrote to a local newspaper telling them they had organised a band which was making remarkable progress, this was a flute band consisting of 16 performers. ( First BB band was a Flute band)
The idea of BB bands caught on very quickly and the BB Annual Report for 1885/86 shows there were five flute bands in existence and only two years later the Annual Report for 1887/88 reported 35 bands - 25 flute, 2 bugle, 4 brass and 4 pipe bands.all this from only 220 companies then on the roll.
See photo of the 32nd Glasgow BB drum & fife band taken in
1892

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The Captain of the 219th, Tom Williams, known as the Skipper, had a desire to have a company band and in 1972 I was invited along to the company by a pal and officer Jim Turnbull to form a band. With a lot of  hard work and fund raising the Skipper's dream came reality when we purchased our first  new flutes in April 1973 prior  to that we had been using second hand instruments. We performed at church parades and were asked to play at Glasgow City Chambers, BB shows at Kelvin Hall, gala days  church concerts, parades and BB displays.....see below..
Some 219th BB Band Milestones: 

9th May 1974

Bands first public appearance at the 219th Junior Section presentation of prizes
15th Sept 1974 BB Dennistoun District Church Parade to St.Andrews church . Convenor Bill Livingston
6th Oct 1974 Dedication Service for the Band in Calton New Parish Church, Rev Bill Crombie presented with a Boys Brigade serving dish to mark the occasion.
3rd Nov.1974 Dennistoun District parade to Calton New Parish Church
16th May 1975 Played at 222nd Glasgow BB Jubilee celebrations at St.Enoch Church, Hogganfield
           Jul 1975  BB camp Gristhorpe, Yorkshire, England, parade to local church on both Sundays
16-31 Jul 1976   BB camp Southport, England, parade to local church
24th Oct 1976   Dennistoun District parade
14th Nov 1976  Remembrance Sunday parade to St.Andrew's Church, Trongate, Glasgow
8th Oct.1978   Band paraded for 155th Glasgow (Townhead) for the company rededication service
2-4th Nov 1978   Glasgow Battalions DRUMBEAT show at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. 
The first flute band  to appear in Drumbeat.
5th Dec 1978 Glasgow City Chambers, Presentation of certificates for Queen's men. 
1st Apr 1979 1st Sanquhar, Dumfries, 25th anniversary band paraded through village along with Glasgow 
Battalion's Brass Band, under the leadership of Lt. John Cooper.
(  John was a great friend of the band and was instrumental in many of our invites )
18th May 1979   219th BB Display
28th May 1979   19th Glasgow (Castlemilk) BB Display
14th June 1979   Parade of Queen's men at Cenotaph, George Square Glasgow.
Played along with 41st Glasgow bugle band.
        July 1979 Jersey, BB Camp band paraded.
18th Aug 1979 Sanquhar Gala Day, riding the marches
15th Sept 1979 Glasgow Battalion Display, George Square, Glasgow
7th Oct 1979 Band played at my son Alan's christening, 3 months old.
27-28th Feb 81 Glasgow Battalion show ARENA'81, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
13th June 1981 Hillington Park Church fete, played along with the 32nd Glasgow BB Brass band
15th Aug 1981 Sanquhar, Dumfries, riding the marches received our first ever payment...15 !
4th April 1982 Band played at my son Iain's christening, 4 months old.  
25th April 1982 Girl Guide/Brownie East North East District Parade. Band played in church.
7th May 1982 76th Glasgow BB, played at their 95th anniversary display ( Capt.Bob Howie)
13th Dec 1982 St.Thomas's Church, Gallowgate held a show to commemorate the start of the Boys Brigade Centenary celebrations. Along with ourselves were the Glasgow Battalion Choir ( their 1st public appearance ) the 32nd Glasgow Brass Band and special guest singers.
5th Feb 1983  Rev.John McKenzies celebration 50th year as a minister, social event in church hall. 
25-27th Aug 83  Glasgow Battalion's Centenary celebrations ARENA'83, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow     
4th Dec 1983  Christmas concert played along with Battalion Brass Band, Crosshill/Queens Park church..  
        
Over the years I have lost count of the number of boys I taught flute and penny whistle.
I hope some of them are still enjoying their music.......................
Webmaister
               
BAND PHOTOGRAPHS

1974
First Parade

1974/75
Glasgow 

1976
Southport 

1978
Drumbeat 

1978
City Chambers 

1979
Sanquhar 

1981
Arena

1983
Arena

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Extract from e-mail, Mike Middleton, East Kilbride, Scotland. Aug.2002.  (ex Officer& boy 219th)
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Great site....the memories of the BB come flooding back.... . all the people we met over the years and the fun and laughter we shared......happy days.."    
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Extract from e-mail, Jim Turnbull, East Kilbride, Scotland. Aug.2002.  (ex Officer& boy 219th)
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Great website wee man! The old photos of Brigton and Dalmarnock just make the years roll back to great memories.The BB photographs are excellent and it would be great if some older members could send in some memories or photos to let some of the "young team" see what the BB was like in years gone bye."  
See his Turnbull family website
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Extract from e-mail, Ronnie Stevenson, Glasgow, Scotland. Sept.2002
"Great site. There's so much to comment on. I lived in Greenhead St. I was in the 219th at the church on London Rd at the bottom of Kerr St, with the modern murals, the 155th at Bridgeton Methodist at Landressy St/James St Corner and 92nd at Bridgeton Parish Church at the corner of Dale St/Old Dalmarnock Rd. There was the 209th at Rockcliffe Parish at Rockclife St and the 106th at London Road St Clements. 
Some of the officers I remember were Mr Glass, Walter Kelly, Mr Wainwright, Donald Ellis, Mr McConnachie, Joe Bovill, Johnny Holmes,Tom Mackie, Mr Winning. We did woodwork for our Arts and Crafts badges at the YMCA in London Rd." 
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Extract from e-mail, Ronnie McGivens, Glasgow, Scotland. Feb.2004 (former boy 219th)
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....... I have just looked at the 219thBB website, and I must say it is absolutely brilliant. You have obviously been very busy over the last few days as I see you have added plenty of photos, keep up the good work! I am sure that as time goes on, more and more of the lads will discover this site and visit it regularly, especially when they are feeling down as this will really give them a lift. 
I am now back at my work on a North Sea oil rig and a visit to this website has brightened up my Saturday night in this "godforsaken place". Well " Auld Da" I will have to go and give someone else a turn of this computer. The computer access out here is not too clever so you will probably hear from me in a couple of weeks time ....... All the Best! for now 

 

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