from GlescaPal, Josie
(Josephine Banner, nee Smith), California, USA.
Josiewas born in 74 Rhymer Street Garngad, went to St. Roch,s primary and
then to O.L.S.F. Charlotte St. Her name was Josie Smith she married Kenny
Banner in 1961, he went to John Street Sec school, Josie has lived in
the U.S.A. since 1967.
She would love to hear from anyone who remembers her or the family ..
Photograph taken cc1940 of three generations
of the Banner family..all called Kennedy Banner!
This photo was sent to me from GlesgaPal Josie it
her late husband 'Kenny' aged 3 who was bornin the Gorbals
with his Dad,
Kennedy aged 30, who was born
in Lily Street, Bridgeton.
Grandfather Kennedy aged 79 was also a Brigton boy Kenny, aged 3 in this photo attended John St. School
and can be seen in
the 1952 class
Josie & Kenny married in 1961, emigrated to the
USA in 1967, and have two
Josie told me "The
family left East Kilbride in 1967, my late husband was reading the
Saturday paper while in Glasgow to play snooker, he seen an advert for
America and went to the Central Station to find out what it was all
about. When he came home he told me he had a job in South Bend Indiana
the money was so good we couldn't pass it up.
We had been thinking of going to Canada or Australia for a while, my Dad
was so upset the day I left , looking back and thinking if my daughters
left to go to another country with my grandchildren I don't know if I
could take it .
But I have to believe we are where we are today for a reason . My
son-in-law always says he admires my husband for coming to a strange
country with a wife and two small children and making it ... as he was
the one to go out and work and prove he could do the job.
I have had no regrets but I go back to Glasgow every other year for my
fill of a good fish supper! "
Webmaister & GlescaPal Josie
I had the pleasure of meeting Josie in the Peoples Palace,
Bridgeton on 17th Oct 2006
Also with her that day were her daughter Karen and granddaughter Sarah
Sarah I should mention justs loves
We had a smashing blether over lunch in
the refurbished Winter Gardens,
Oct 2006, GlescaPal, Norrie
Hi Pals, Claire and I are just back from meeting Josie,
her daughter Karen and her grand daughter Sarah.
Webmaister, Jeep and Jamesyboy were there too.
We all had a nice chat over smashing rolls and sausage.
I hadn't a clue as to how to recognise Josie but fortunately she had
recognised the Webmaister.
Our visit was all too soon over but Claire, Jeep, James, Webmaister and
myself blethered on for a spell after Josie left, too little time and
too many folk to see, maybe the next time we can have longer to blether
For those of you who are meeting at the Scotia you will get along just
fine, nice lady, well she comes from the North End of Glasgow
Nice to have met Josie and her family, here's to the next time.
Bye for now, Norrie
August 2008, GlescaPal, Josie
(when asked what GlescaPals meant tae her)
First and foremost Thank You Webmaister ..
You have personally given me the chance to have met and made the most
wonderful pals anyone would want by being able to come on you web site.
When i had the pleasure of meeting you and a few of the other pals i
think it was a first time meeting at the Peoples Palace everyone made me
and my famly feel at ease and welcomed us so much that when we left my
daughter Karen said [ they are such nice people Mom ]she had been in
Glasgow a few times growing up and already knew how friendly the folk
were but was taken aback that strangers would go out of their way to
come and meet me,i am laways telling my family about my Glesga pals
,they get some of it but not having lived in Glasgow other than on
holiday they don,t quite understand what it is we talk and share about
all the time other than they do know Glesga folk like to talk. I could
go on and on, but i am sure you know how much being able to click a
mouse and here i am feeling right at home means to me, so God Bless You
GlescaPal Josie singing "The Rose"
GlescaPal Josie singing "wind beneath
.... a lifetime entry in GlescaPals.......get