Dec.2010, William Neilly, 'Glesca
Artist', Hamilton, Scotland.
This photograph was taken
circa 1953/54 in the church hall of the Hall Memorial Church,
It shows a well-attended Band of Hope meeting which was held every
Monday night and was led by James (Jimmy) Freer, Firewood Merchant,
Mauldslie Street, Bridgeton. That's 'Glesca Artist' sitting in
the front row next tae the aisle, wi' his wee brother, GlescaPal
Eddie, sitting next tae him.
Weans were awarded a lapel badge if they were brave
enough tae stand up on the stage in front of everyone and could
correctly recite the pledge:
"I shall always be of my best behaviour,
shall give of my best service,
and God helping me,
I will refrain from all alcoholic drink." Amen
As can be seen from the photograph the "Bandyhope" was well attended by
locals. It was great.
They would sing choruses like "Deep and Wide" and "Running Over", listen
to bible stories from guest visitors, and watch slide projector shows,
mainly about the bible. On special occasions they would have a party
when a goody bag containing sausage rolls, sandwiches and cakes would be
handed out with a cup of tea as we watched and thoroughly enjoyed
Charlie Chaplin films.
Regards, Glesca Artist