Glesca tae New Zealand
& Jimmy taken c1960.
Esther is from Hutchison district of Glasgow and Jimmy is
from the Plantation district and he has fond memories of his time running
aroon the streets the o' Glesga.
Jimmy also frequented Brigton and was caught on camera at Bridgeton Cross
in 1953 as can be seen in the photograph below.. Married to his sweetheart
Esther they emigrated to New Zealand.
Or as Jimmy puts it "Ah
wisnae running fae the polis, but on the other haun ah think they would
have had a big party if they had known ah wis leaving the country! Mah wee
Esther, mah lovely wife, telt me ah wis gon tae New Zealand,
so mah haun was up mah back!"
Now here is where it gets interesting they sold there house in Renfrew and
put half the money into each others bank account and while Esther
continued to save oor Jimmy wis spending his money oan drink!!!
When the time came for them to buy their plane ticket Jimmy didnae have
Jimmy takes up the story "Well imagine
Esther's face she wis livid! But anyhow mah Maw must have wanted rid o' me
anaw cause she payed mah fare and we were aff tae the new world"
Jimmy, in the middle standing at
'the toll' Bridgeton Cross in 1953
during the Queen's Coronation.
Incredibly this photograph when published
on this website brought Jimmy in contact
with a long lost pal who is in this photo also.!
Here is how the great man described it on the messageboard in his own inimitable
Well pal's its bin 50 year's since yurs-truly wiss therr, bit even tho a
wisny frae' the district, a considered masel a Glesga buddy that kid go
enywerr in ma Beloved City an still feel at hame, noo a didny sae' safe,
bit bein' lang an skinny a cud muve like the wind, bit wen a seen that pic
o' the cross in 1953 wi' me in it av since bin in touch wi' a cupla uther
Plantation folk so bein' oan Wull's site huss enriched oor life's heep's
an wit kin a dae' ti' pye him bak, its an uncanny feelin' lookin' bak aw
em' wonderful year's ago, wiff twa people o' that time, its a sma'
wurld..love yiss aw.
Esther and Jimmy landed in New Zealand in September 1964
it was hot!
Jimmy told me it took Esther and him dunky's years to come together,
they have now been with each other for 48 years(2004) and unfortunately
his dear darling Esther isn't keeping the best of health but she is glad
they stuck the 'gither!
Jimmy said "
I the Hutchison
lass a merrit is jist lik hurr wunnerful mum Jessie McIlwraith o' Ballater
Grand Glesga Wimmen, noo pal's werr widd we huv gote oan sae' we'll
wiffoot em' Glesga gal pal's a love awl
Glesga's ladies werr ivur ye may be "
Jimmy & Esther still live in New Zealand
|| Well Mah Glesga Pal's
Its awl yuse folk that mak tis wunnerfuul site sae' guid, an therr is
olwis sumbudy cum's oot wi' sumfin we've aw dun in the very dearest past,
that mak's us sit bak an fink aboot, jist lovely memorie's o' dear auld
Glesga Toon an its infammy. Yis we huv o' bin guilty o'
bein' glaikit, bit wee kin laff at oorsel's easy,peasy. An' Ronnie ah furr wan like yurr filosify so keep
it simple, an have a Guid-Safe Noo-Year everybody, yurr aw in oor
Wha's like us Nae'budy ""
|.... a lifetime entry in GlescaPals.......get
January 2004, Webmaister, Glasgow
"Well how about these photos then? Jimmy and Esther are in their
twilight years and they both don't keep the best of health. Jimmy loves
Glesga Pals and is on the messageboard often keeping us updated on his
beloved Esther and telling us tales o' Glesga past.
You can't help but fall in love with the man and he has made many, many new
Pals this past year, we are all one big family."
PS special mention here to a wonderful lady, Chrissie,
who helped me enormously with this page
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