you for all your lovely comments....................
|Nov 2009, Helen Chalmers, Toronto, Canada
You have done more to put Bridgeton on the map than the 2014 games will ever do...
site gives us the Bridgeton that we all remember and love....but time
cannot stand still...and yet it does in the hearts
Of anyone who moved
away....by choice or otherwise from a time when we all were poor and
didn't realize it...because of true friends and caring neighbours who
maybe had less than ourselves....but gladly shared the little they had
without a second thought...Now these are the Experiences that no amount
of money can purchase...Thank you Wull...Sincerely....Helen Chalmers
Nov 2006, Adaline Lynas ( nee McTear), Aged 51,
..........one day my
brother told me of this site and I thought I would see what all the fuss
was about. Absolutely love it, cried, laughed and had many lumps in my
throat of the great memories you have given me.
Sept 2006, Elizabeth Mehigan, Aged 71, Canada
Loads of memories growing
up with 7 siblings in a one room and kitchen, lavay outside up the close
and up the back. Running away to get married and living on Thistle
Street then moving to Mary hill with 2 daughters and then onto Canada
1965 were 3rd was born...this one was always anoyed that she did not get
the Glesga experience!!
April 2006, Matthew McManus, Aged 59, Australia
I have just got my computer,then i
found glesga pals,all i can say is its brilliant its unreal the
information you get is unreal ,i cant get over it its simply
February 2006, Brian Piggot, Aged 43, Ontario,
Wow, Ive been sitting here
for 5hrs now going thru your fantastic site. I lived @ 30 Landressy St
from birth in 1962 until 1969 attended John St Primary for 2 years. This
site is filling in hazy wee bits in my mind of things I saw and people I
meet as a wee boy, that honestly I was starting to think I had only ever
imagined. Ive never had the chance to come back yet but I will soon!
January 2006, Jackie Scott, Aged 49, Northants
fair play tae ye wull for a
brilliant website got in touch with an old pal fae near your auld hoose
wee smiddy, spoke on the phone the night thats 3 efter 30 years ah,ve
January 2006, Jimmy Smith, Aged 50, Northern
I would like to thank
Glesga Pals owner/webmaister Wull for his website.
You have got me in touch with my old pals Scotty, Willie and a few
others your website is a credit to you A BIG THANK YOU AGAIN keep up the
good work in reuniting friends from around the world and all the History
from those really good old days.
January 2006, Rita Murray, Aged 58, Dumbarton,
Found this website after
watching BBC's Jeremy Paxman tracing his family tree to 9 Ardenlea
I lived there until i was six with my Mum, Dad and sisters. Was even
more surprised to see a photograph of myself and classmates at
Springfield Rd Primary in 1953. What a great website !!
January 2006, Richard Tod, Aged 55, Northampton,
I have not laughed so much
in a long time. Sitting alone at my computer 9 o'clock in the evening
with my wife shouting up the stairs to see if I'm OK.
Lots of memories, some good, some bad. Lots of friends, some good some
bad. Lots of adventures, some good, some bad. A life I would not wish on
my children but an experience that made me who I am and I am proud to
say I'm from Glesga!
Thank you for the site. Thank you for reminding me that my roots are
deep and strong and that what we see as hardship today is less than a
midgie bite in comparison.
January 2006, Jimmy Reid ( GlescaPal, Jimmuck)
Dear Wull McArthur, you have struck me speechless son with your
beautiful gesture and I 'Thank You' from the bottom of my hard auld heart!
thank you ma furst "GlescaPal"! XXXXXX
December 2005, George Thompson, Kidderminster,
England, age 74
I have always kept visiting your site,Wull. its a credit to you,
its wonderful for a person like me who left Glasgow in 1949 to do my
national service, to be able to rekindle memories so vividly with the help
of your site. My schools were Tureen Street, Annfield(Cubie street) and
John Street senior secondary
Nov 2005, Rita Scott, Hampshire , England, aged
this is the best site ever. I am contacting
friends from 45 years ago. Cant believe it. I am in the school photo
John St.Secondary.......Wull U R a bloody marvel U R. U must be a very
proud man & so U should B ... bless ya xxx
Nov 2005, Irene Brown now Donna Robertson,
Brigton' Glasgow, age 58
Just love this site, its the business. went
to John st. sec in the early 60s, before that Queen Mary St. Im pretty
hopeless on computers but always find GlescaPals, what a brilliant site.
Oct 2005, Anne Bartok (Irvine), Ontario, Canada age
....this site is the best!! I was having the time of
my life singing all the songs we used to sing as kids out in the street. Talk
about a walk down memory lane. I came to Canada 31 years ago when I
was 17 years old, and I haven't returned to Scotland in 29 years... One of
these days I would love to go for a visit, and show my children where I
grew up! Great site, and I love the patter.... Glaswegians are the best!!
(still have the accent even after all these years!)
Sept 2005, Helen Clark (Gracie), Houston, Texas,
USA, age 56
Just heard from from
someone who knew some of my classmates from john st sec. Bridgton, this
site really works. I am hoping to contact more, its funny we all think
of our mates just how we left them,in school uniforms and ponytails.
August 2005, Ronnie Biggerstaff, Nottingham,
England, age 72
visited Glasgow in july this year 2005 after 45 year absence tears were
flowing fast and furious.
July. 2005, George Richardson, Canada, age 70
a grand idea frae folks away frae hame you will godown in history for
making this website,
July. 2005, John F Pritchard, Cambridgeshire,
England, age 72
Glasgow,the most special place in my life.I went out to make memories and
I have remembered them all.my life is so much richer for having been
brought up with such wonderful people.thank-you wull for your labours
to build this fantastic site allowing special folks to keep in touch.
June. 2005, John Swinburne, Michigan, USA, age
Your site has brought joy and tears, perhaps more tears of joy to
this former resident of Bridgeton ...I was nine years old when we made
that long boat trip to America. God bless all of you who hail from that
little corner of the world. My greatest fear was that I would marry a girl
like Daphnie Broon, but was fortunate enough to fall in love and have 5
children with more of a Maggie Broon type. Thanks for the memories.
June. 2005, Brian Langbridge, Glasgow, age 59
This is the best glasgow website I have seen! Congratulations to
the webmaister who must have spent months building the site.
June. 2005, Elaine Wylie, London, age 42
I was quite emotional when i came across the website, and looking
at all the old photos as i was only 9 yrs old when my family moved to
London.All my childhood memories came flooding back
May. 2005, Elizabeth Hinchcliffe, Leeds, England age
: great site .lots of memories have come flooding back and have made me
very very home sick as I still regard Glasgow as my "home".I
have lived in Leeds for 24 years but Glasgow still belongs to me !(and me
to Glasgow ).
May. 2005, Marlene Watt, Glasgow, age 55
..I found out about this from my sisters in Australia and Canada and I
still stay in Glesga ????
Apr. 2005, Sheila Knox (nee McCormack) Canada, age
I think this site should gie a warning before entering it, that people
might suffer a serious injury (like a burst gut) from laughing. Brilliant
site and a great walk down memory lane.......... I laughed until I wiz
greetin' Thanks Wull and awra best, Sheila
Apr. 2005, Margaret Fleming, Glasgow, age 59
My sister sent the site to me and it just brought back all the great
memories, actually I was on a downer that day but this site fairly changed
my mood it was just what the doctor ordered. To me it is second
to none, it's BRILLIANT. AWE THE BEST
Mar. 2005, Stephanie Langan, Canada, age 30's
Hi...What a great website. I was able to make contact with a second
cousin (Joe Skivington) that I had never met before because of this
Mar. 2005, Murray MacLeod Munro, Canada, age
OH WOW, all I can say!! I am doing research on my late father, and to
find this has just hit my heart so strong. Just looking at these
pictures, and thinking my Dad, probably new many of these people, and
walked those streets. Thank you so much for making this web site. I am SO
planning on $$ supporting it next payday.
Mar. 2005, John Currie, Canada, age 59
First time visitor. My wife and I have spent about three hours on here.
......... Great Site, lots of laughs and memories. Thanks.
Mar. 2005, Betty Barclay (nee Cunningham), Canada,
discovered this website 2years ago and it just gets better and better
and we have become one big happy family ,keep up the good work Wull
Mar. 2005, Alison Flannagan, Denmark, age 53
Just found this site today, had me in tears. Didn´t realise how
homesick I really was. Someone get in touch with me please, just for a
Feb. 2005, Jean Cameron, Canada
Great to see the guest books up and running again, This is the best site
on the web. Ah come in to the site everyday to get ma wee
"fix" of hame. Plus you never know who you might see on the
I was brought up in
in the early 60,s and I am the oldest of my family. I have told every one
of them of this wonderful website ,they are now all round the
planet.we have spent many along hour discussing all the things that we had
forgot about Bridgeton, but not any more .thanks to Glesga Pals website .
Kelly family, Glasgow
What a great site. My son is doing a project on Glasgow and I stumbled
across this site. I laughed so much and so did my son (8). Keep up
the good work
Nov2004, Bertie Harte, Canada
Don't know when I will ever get through 'Glesga Pals'. There is so much
for me to dwell on and reminisce. Thanks to 'Glesga Pals' I am never far
away from home
Nov2004, Davie Graham, Canada
On reading the words, and seeing the photos, I can smell the smells, and
hear the noises. Thanks
Jul.2004, Frank Harrigan, Glasgow, Scotland
.......... Just to say thanks to the Webmaister and this brilliant website
for two things... An old china of mine, now living in Spain had lost my
address. His daughter spotted my wee spiel about the Olympia cinema,
contacted the Webmaister, who checked with me that it was ok to pass my
e-mail address to her...and pleased to say, my auld pal and I are back in
contact. Also, a distant cousin of mine (very distant - she's in
Australia), contacted me after seeing my stuff on here. So cheers,
Webmaister - thanks for a brilliant, entertaining site and for bringing
family and friends together. Lang may yer lum reek.
Jul.2004, Marion McCaig, New York, USA
Glesga Pals" wis responsible fer me finding a long lost cousin, who
ah hidnae seen since she wis a baby in her pram o'er 50 years
ago, and ah met up wi' her when ah wis hame in Glesga last April. Aint
Davies-Hale - nee Brown, England, UK
I came across this website by accident and couldn’t believe my eyes, I
ended up on the computer all night, and it is great. Can’t wait
to show my ma, she is 77 and was also born in Bridgeton. Keep up the great
Jun.2004, Rena Tennant, Glasgow, Scotland
this site is better than any anti depressant (for me) I'm addicted
Mathieson, Ayrshire, Scotland
I have only recently discovered this website, I don't know when I last
laughed so much at the "Glesca Stories" or enjoyed looking
at all the old photographs. It really is excellent! Well done!
May.2004, Peter Mackay, New Zealand
What it is about Scotland and all things Scottish that brings a lump to
my throat? I have only to think about Glasgow Green, or the Arcadia
Picture House, or the Barras and a nostalgic tear flows. I pore over
Wull's website and lap up the goodies: the old black and white
photographs, the old tenements with their rich character, and the tales
and stories from my ain folk. Aye, my ain folk.
May.2004, Margaret Graham, South Africa
This site is "PURE DEAD BRILLIANT" Makes you really
homesick. Scotland will always be my home. No nation has a sense of humour
like the Scots.
Apr.2004, Louise Carroll, Ontario, Canada
....Have recently found this site and enjoying it very much. So many
memories of childhood days ......... At the moment I seem to be logging in
every day and having a great laugh at the songs, stories etc. Keep
up the good work.
Raghoobar nee Boyle, USA
Since discovering this website I can't tear myself away, I'll be
going blind soon from staring at the screen
Thank you so much for all the hard work put into this excellent site.
It has allowed me to take a trip down memory lane
Feb.2004, Duncan Lynch, New Zealand
Hi Wull Just been through two hundred pages and enjoyed every one I
left glasgow in1949 at the age of 23 did not find any one i knew but will
keep on trying. just to say thank you for the site
Feb.2004, Brian Hall, Nottingham, England, age 41-50
"Spent my early childhood between Parkhead and
Bridgeton favourite place and School was living in Carstairs St and Strathclyde
Primary. Exiled in the land of Robin Hood now but go hame at least 3-4
times a year. Website is amazin. Feel like I'm a wean again and just
found a lucky didgie.
Keep it up"
Feb.2004, Peter MacKay, New
Zealand, age 41-50
Nice to see a site devoted to my home city. Been away for years - and
suffered homesickness as a result. Thought I was 'smart', looking for
rainbows, only to realise that Glasgow is the best place on earth.
I was born in Bridgeton....
Feb.2004, Angus Begg, Aberdeen, Scotland, age
I have just finished going through GLESGA PALS.Both my mum and dad were
born in the east end of Glasgow and often used to tell us about the
poverty they endured as kids in the tenements of Bridgeton. However they
both held a great sense of warmth and humour throughout their life
and i often thought as i got older that this was created from their early
years in the slums. Your site is excellent!!!
Jan.2004, Nancy McLaren (nee Geddes), Canada
Just to let you know: I've found my friend after 35 years. Thank
you so much. After all this time I had been looking in the wrong town.
Appreciate your web site. I will add a few names to the Queen Mary St
school pictures, as soon as I find my own picture, as I wrote some names
on the back. I will be looking and hoping I hear from some more old pals,
Jan.2004, Deirdre Brown, California, USA, age
I love this site I was going to cook dinner but have been going through
all the pages and it took forever. but heck if I canny hae fish n chips !
will order pizza! Keep up the good work.
Nov.2003, Ina Woitassek, Australia, age 51-60
A fantastic site but then it is the work of
a Glaswegian what else could we expect. The only problem is once on.... the
hours go by and nothing else gets done!
Nov.2003, Raymond Ward, England, age 31-40
Love your site have come across it in a
websearch looking for History about Glasgow's East End. I was
looking for items which could be used to create learning material for my
students to use. and to tell you that this site is full of personnel
points that can not be found in any book. Great keep up the good work.
Nov.2003, name withheld Canada,
....hello Wull, please find enclosed a money order, towards your costs,
which I send to you as a token of my appreciation for the wonderful forum
you have provided us Glaswegians with - thank you!
Its a truly marvellous website and a source of much
Oct.2003, Irene MacPherson nee Stewart, Canada,
....fantastic website just found it, read about it in one of the
newspapers.... I've sent e-mails to friends to tell them about Glesca
pals,.I've been sitting here for 6 hours, I'm so happy to have
found you, I used to work on the buses, and just love the glesca patter,
your site is just my cup of tea you brought so many happy memories. Keep
up the great work Wull,.there's no place in the world like the Glesca
people…..support this great site!
Oct.2003, May Raudenbush nee Curran, USA,
What a geat web. This was recommended by my niece. What a gift to show our
children instead of telling them stories I e-mailed this to them. My
father was from Savoy St. my mother Pentland Place. Grew up
in Carntyne. Spent a whole lot of time in Bridgeton more so the teenage
My Da was a piper in the TA on Main St. Aren't memories the best. When
people ask if you could go back to being a teenager again would you ? I
say definitely. I had a great youth and enjoyed it. The laughter, ma pals.
All the places we hung out at. All the Glesca humor plus sarcasm.
Now come on every one where else can you find some one to give you that
look and come straight to the point. And lets face it we Glesca folk can
go all over the world and still be Gleswegians. We don't give our selves
enough credit but then again we don't have too, we know who we are.
Will, you have created a great site that has brought friends and
family together and laughter back to many lifes. And isn't technology the
bomb. Thank's for the MEMORIES as there are many.
Sept.2003, Marilyn Read, Adelaide, Australia,
Dear Loving Webmaister Wull
Some people drink coffee to start their day, but I need my fix of the
wonderful people on Board 2, so it's withdrawal symptoms for me.....You
should be very proud of yourself for being the Webmaister of this
great site. Marilyn xx
PS I'm thrilled to have received emails from Jim & Donna in Canada and
yesterday Jimmy & Esther in NZ were 'talking' to me via email. I
wouldn't have met these people if it hadn't been for your site.
Aug.2003, May Sutherland, Ontario, Canada,
Hi Wull I must tell you about my reunion with two old friends, thanks
to you printing a letter of mine, several months ago. I got an email from
this lady saying her friend, in Vancouver, had forwarded my letter to her
as she had worked in Templeton's the same time as myself & wondered if
she knew me.
It turned out that she was the person who trained me in my job in 1950.
Later, when I worked in the lab, her husband to be, worked beside me in
the Time Study Dept. I introduced them to each other & we lost touch.
They came to Canada in 1957..... us, in 1974. It turns out that they live
only 10 minutes away from us!That was a lovely reunion, I've found a
long lost friend, thanks to you.
Thank you, once again, for all your hard work, it's very much
appreciated by all of us homesick Glaswegians.
Aug.2003, Ian Robertson, Vancouver, Canada,
as Webmaister, you have earned the respect of all. I hope GlescaPals
remains enjoyable for all its readers and that many more GlescaPals can
contribute towards its success for years to come....
I think Wull will have to consider some sort of special recognition for
those born and educated in Brig'ton. Like an OBE, Order of Bridgeton
Eminence or the issue of a GlescaPals certificate that makes you an
official MBE. Like Member o' Bridgeton's Elite. But of course, with some
honorary membership for us outsiders!
Aug.2003, Helen Chalmers, Toronto, Canada,
I am constantly amazed at the entries you receive from the
four corners of the world.....It would seem that anyone born in
Bridgeton has been blessed with a sixth sense..somewhat like homing
pigeons.....No matter how far you travel from this little piece of
real estate called Bridgeton you have an inborn instinct to
return...whether it be by transportation, computer or just that longing
in your heart....I doubt if any other part of the world can boast of
such love and loyalty to their roots
Aug.2003, Therese, Glasgow
"...Congratulations, ...one year old!
......... In my opinion, still the best Glasgow web site I have ever come
Aug.2003, Jimmy Reid, Ontario, Canada,
"...the Bestest Wee Website in The Hale Wide World!!! Bar None!!!
C'mon in an' Bide a ' While an' Gie's yurr 'crack'??"
Aug.2003, Marie Kearns (nee Blake) New York, USA
" I love this website Wull. It brings back a lot of great memories
(and a few tears!!!)."
July 2003, Catherine (nee Anderson)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Age: 51-60
" My cousin in Erskine told me of your website and I visited today
for the first time. You can bet I will return, and often. What memories!
...... I am a very homesick Scot, even though I have lived in Canada for
almost 46 years, and I absolutely love the old photographs and the
Oh the old days seem wonderful don't they?"
May Garffer (nee Croly), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
I have been 'floating on air' since finding your website"
|June 2003, Therese, Glasgow, Scotland,
one of the best Glasgow sites I have ever been on, was glad to have
taken part in the craic from time to time! Awrabest, Lang may yer lum reek."
| June 2003,
Jim McCafferty, New York, USA
"I just can't get enough of
this website, I get on it first thing in the morning and just forget the
time thanks again Wull.What a great
website thank-you for bringing me home and reuniting me with some old
ghosts.For those of us born and raised in Bridgeton this website is
" Pure Gold "
Thank you Webmaister."
| June 2003,
Sandra Wylie (nee Kinniburgh), California, USA
web site I have laughed and cried today.."
|May 2003, Robert Hay, Western Australia
created and maintains this Website? He should be given the Order of the
You keep on browsing through the letters knowing that probably its
going to be the next one where you'll recognise some familiar name.
Thanks to Wilma Hattie (now in Canada) for letting me know of it. It
must bring so many happy memories back to so many people all over the
|May 2003, Marion Cookman (neeDick),
South Australia Age 61-70
yi hiv a great site... jist wonderful"
|May 2003, June Muddiman, England
"...I've laughed and
cried with the memories and have got to applaud you on the 'Alternative
memories' - Well done Webmaster and thanks for a great website."
|May 2003, June MacWilliam, BC, Canada
love this website and the clever Webmaster who puts it all together. I've
now made email contact with three former classmates
|May 2003, Richard Sheehan, Cape Town,
South Africa Age 41-50
was thrilled to come across your website which brought back many memories.
I often tell my daughter about the time I stayed in Glasgow with my two
sisters in a single room house with a toilet outside for all to share and
she just laughs at me and says that's impossible - now I can show her your
site with the picture."
|Apr.2003, Sally Hogg
Singapore, Age: 41-50
"....enjoying browsing making myself homesick!"
|Apr.2003, Margaret Ramey,
KY, USA, Age: 21-30
"Well I hid tae come back fir anither fit of laughing. My face is
sore!!! The phrases cracked me up.....my wee granny still tells me
hauf o them...mostly away an bile ye'r heid!!!"
|Mar.2003, Danny McCowat,
N.S.W. Australia, Age: 51-60
" Found your site through Daily Record, wish I had found it much
sooner ITS THE BEST GLASGOW WEBSITE I've come across. Keep up
the good work on a brilliant site."
|Mar. 2003, Bob Currie,
having regard to your seeking remuneration for your
work. I consider it justified.
Initially, I glossed over the site and thought I could send a few kodak
moments thinking, I suppose, that each of us was doing the other a favour.
But of course I realise the time effort and skill that goes into a website
such as you are presenting. Well done! I wish I had the
....There are no adequate words of
appreciation on this site. Suffice to say 'fandabydozy'.
|Feb.2003 Lesley Paterson, Buffalo,
New York, USA. Age 41-50
"Oh my god I'm in 7th heaven.. ........best 'o' British my heart
still belangs tae Glasga."
WEBMASTER : nice to know I have put someone in 7th
|Feb.2003 Jim Jeffrey, St Albert,
Alberta ,Canada, Age: 71-80
".... Congratulations on an excellent site!
You have captured the upsides, downsides (and the backsides?) of
life in the east end of oor beloved Glesca".
|Feb.2003 Betty ( nee Simpson)
Davie. Toronto, Canada, Age: 61-70
"..... Thank-you Wull, for making this amazing web-site
available to the many Glaswegians scattered around the world and awaking
many wonderful memories of their childhood."
|Jan 2003, Jim Thompson, East
Kilbride, Scotland, Age: 71-80
" Wull- I hope you realise this site has kept me out my bed for the
last three hours, but then at my age what does it matter. Keep up
the good work.
|Jan.2003, Marion Hannah,
Helensburgh , Scotland Age: 61-70
" What a wonderful web site. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through
the memory page, bringing back, as if it was yesterday, all the
memories of tenement living, school days, playing games, going to the
steamy with your mother's washing, being scared of your teacher. I shed a
few tears too for the days gone by where everything appeared to be so innocent.
I will enjoy reading it often and perhaps coming across friends from the
past. Thank you for that Best wishes Marion."
| Dec. 2002, Margaret, Australia
" I can
understand the work you are putting into your site, and doing a great job,
you can tell that you love it, it does come across......I don't know if
you know the feeling that you give to people (especially ex patriots like
myself). A friend told me about your site and when I went in, I was so
absorbed and I got this wonderful warm feeling, just going back and
reading the comments and to know that there are others all over the world
who are trying to keep in touch, you are achieving this. it is my pleasure
writing this to you Wull, you deserve the praise.
| Nov. 2002, Betty Barbesin (nee Hudson), Ontario, Canada
"Best website I have seen,
and the pictures of the kids and the school are great.
I left in 1967 to Canada...where I have been ever
since....thanks a million webmaster for this fab site which I
have now put into my favourites."
| Oct. 2002, Joan Mercer ( nee Waugh ) Seattle, USA,
"......I just found out about this
website a few days ago, I have had so much fun looking at old pictures, and
reading other people's memories, sure made me feel like 'GREETIN' when I
stop to think, --- those days are gone and can never be relived.......Thank
You! for this great website! ......Come on all you Glaswegians! lets make
this the 'BESTEST ONE EVER'.....I hope this will open a new
chapter in my life"
|Sept. 2002, Helen Chalmers, Toronto,
Canada, Age 61-70
a wander through your website with a few stops along the way for a wee
bubble.... I was born in Springfield Road...just at Dalmarnock
Road...now when I get homesick....I'll just go to this web site...thank you..."
|Aug. 2002, Betty
Stites, Arizona, USA
"I am an old ex pupil of Strathclyde Street and John Street
Secondary School. I was beginning to give up hope that schools in this
area were never showing up. I am delighted and find it very interesting as
there are some people who are in my age group and reading their messages
brought back a lot of memories. I have just returned from a visit to East
Kilbride and made a sentimental tour of the area. So much has changed but
they cannot take away the memories. I will be contacting some of the
messages I have read.................again thanks for this wonderful
|Aug. 2002, Jim
Turnbull, East Kilbride, Scotland Age
"Great website wee man!
The photos of Brigton and Dalmarnock just make the years roll back to