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  Queen Mary Street School      Class of c1947

 

Jan.2004. John Fleming sent in this class photograph. see also his  c1948 class photo  
Top Row
1.  Billy Hardwood
6. 
2.  
7.  Billy Everard
3. George Gow
8.
4.
9.
5.
10. James Rooney
3rd Row
1.  Matthew Smith
6.
11. 
2.  
7. Ian Chapman
3. 
8William Goodfellow
4.
9.
5.
10.
2nd Row 1. 
6.
2.  
7.
3. 
8.  Moira   ?
4.  
9.Rita MacAtear
5.  Janette  ?
10.
Front Row
1. 
6.   
2.   Smith ?
7.
3. 
8.
4. Tom Brooks
John Fleming
5.
   Please contact webmaister if you can put a name to a face.  


Pals reunited after 36 years....thanks tae GlescaPals!
Jan. 2004, e-mail, GlescaPal John Fleming,  South Africa                                                                                                                                         don
Hi Wull Thanks for a great website it's good to hear about the old times in Bridgeton. 
When I was born in 1942 my parents Willie and Susan Fleming lived at 96 Dunbar Street Parkhead
My granny died when I was about 2 and we moved back into the house where my father had grown up, 14 Marquis Street Bridgeton (low down left) my sister was born round about this time. Our family, father, mother, my younger sister, me and my mother's teenage brother and sister Tommy & Mary Carmichael who had been orphaned and "boarded out" for some time until my parents could take them in, all lived there. Not quite a single end, we had a long lobby and a wee bedroom, we had to hang the bike up on a pulley in the lobby and move all the kitchen furniture each night to fold out the bed settee. No hot water, outside toilet and a weekly bath at the Barrowfield baths (The Steamie) 
We were there until about 1962 when we moved to a "new house" in Barlanark although Tommy & Mary left earlier when each of them got married. I served my apprenticeship as an engineer in Wm Rowan & Sons in Soho Street and later worked in Lyles Carpet Factory in Fordneuk Street. 
I was married in 1964 and returned to my own house at 23 Marquis Street (1up right) my Glesga Pal Ronnie McPhee installed our white sink and ascot hot water geyser we stayed there for just over a year before leaving Glasgow for good. In 1965 we moved to Kendal in Cumbria where my first daughter was born, we stayed there until 1967. 
We moved to Durban South Africa and stayed for the next 31 years, my second daughter and grandson were born there. 
Ronnie McPhee and I exchanged a couple of letters and lost touch sometime around 1968 until I saw his contributions to this site.
We came home on holiday at regular intervals and I always found time to visit Bridgeton to walk or drive around the old haunts and see what had changed. 
On our permanent return to Scotland in 1998 we moved to Ardpeaton, a small collection of houses along the shores of Loch Long near the village of Cove about 23 miles north west of Helensburgh in Argyll & Bute where we still live. 
My sister Anna and I both went to Queen Mary Street School, Anna moved on to John Street school and I went to Bernard Street school.  She still lives in Glasgow in Mosspark.

Webmaister : well John you've got yer money's worth there pal!  Quite a tale. 
                     Nice to hear once again that GlescaPals has brought old pals together again after 36 years! 

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June 2008, Jack Dougal. Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland,

Queen Mary St.c1947, 2nd Row (9) Rita Macalear , also c1948  front Row (6). Rita lived in same close as me in Avenue St 

 

 
Queen Mary Street building is now a nursery school and also houses various community groups.

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