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Bridgeton Public Halls

photo courtesy of Gordon Adams
Brigton's Public Halls at the junction of London Rd and Summer St. 
The halls were built in 1928 and well used but sadly  the  former tenements and the Halls were demolished in the 1970s..... for 're-development'

The City Improvement Trust
began clearing old overcrowded properties and replaced them with modern tenements.

I have no idea why the Halls were included  for demolition in the re-development.

1933 aerial photograph

I attended these halls on many occasions as the school took us there to see plays and the Bridgeton Burns Club schools poetry & song competitions.
Bridgeton Burns Club, founded in 1870 became the largest in the world, with 1400 members, and it sponsored competitions in local schools for the recitation and singing of the bards works.

I also remember going  to the Caledonian accordion band concerts, under the leadership of Billy McPhee, in these halls and at these concerts a wee lass called Marie Lawrie used to belt out her favourite songs, she went on to become the famous Scots singer Lulu
I loved these concerts and they were always a sell-out.

Lulu on "This is your Life in 1973" 

The halls were sadly demolished during redevelopment in the seventies and the site is now landscaped.  See picture below........ 

London Road at the junction of Summer Street, with Olympia Street in the background. 
The Bridgeton Public Hall buildings has been long replaced by trees! I am afraid the 
City Fathers got it wrong again...big time! And those wonderful halls are no more......

Bridgeton Cross looking east along Olympia Street. 
                         The Bridgeton Public Hall building has been long replaced by trees!

Extract from e-mail;  Ron McPhee, August 2002, 
"Are they any photographs around of Bridgeton Public Halls where I frequented regularly to see The Jimmy Barnes Rock & Roll Band this being around the early sixties?"



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