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      219th Glasgow Boys' Brigade, Bridgeton


A social history of the BB in Glasgow
 photos and memories preserved on GlescaPals for future generations.

Now this is a really interesting photo it was taken 15th September 1974 in Hozier St, Bridgeton, we were standing opposite John St. Primary School. You can see in the background a fence and beyond the fence the tenements of London Road. The school has been replaced with houses and the street has been renamed Queen Mary St.

219th BB Flute Band
219th BB
                          Flute Band

Participants were Officers: Jas Turnbull, Mike Middleton and the webmaister Wull.McArthur
Boys :  Ronnie McGivens, Graham Park, Mark Laird, Martin Howe
                              Bobby Muir, James Rae, Alex McKechnie, Dennis Boyle, Jim Thomson

Boys' Brigade Dennistoun District Church parade to St.Andrews church
(our bands first parade )



BB Band History : In the 2nd February 1885 William Smith wrote to a local newspaper telling them they had organised a band which was making remarkable progress, this was a flute band consisting of 16 performers. ( First BB band was a Flute band)
The idea of BB bands caught on very quickly and the BB Annual Report for 1885/86 shows there were five flute bands in existence and only two years later the Annual Report for 1887/88 reported 35 bands - 25 flute, 2 bugle, 4 brass and 4 pipe bands. all this from only 220 companies then on the roll.            
See photo of the 32nd Glasgow BB drum & fife band taken in 1892

Flute Band 1886
The Captain of the 219th, Tom Williams, known as the Skipper, had a desire to have a company band and in 1972 I was invited along to the company by a pal and officer Jim Turnbull to form a band. With a lot of  hard work and fund raising the Skipper's dream came reality when we purchased our first  new flutes in April 1973 prior  to that we had been using second hand instruments. We performed at church parades and were asked to play at Glasgow City Chambers, BB shows at Kelvin Hall, gala days  church concerts, parades and BB displays.....see below..


Some 219th BB Flute Band Milestones:  .

09th May 1974

Bands first public appearance at the 219th Junior Section presentation of prizes
15th Sept 1974 BB Dennistoun District Church Parade to St.Andrews church . Convenor Bill Livingston.
06th Oct 1974 Dedication Servfile:///Users/Will/Documents/Websites/GlescaPals-k/BB/bb219sanquhar.htmice for the Band in Calton New Parish Church, Rev Bill Crombie presented with a Boys Brigade serving dish to mark the occasion.
03rd Nov.1974 Dennistoun District parade to Calton New Parish Church
16th May 1975 Played at 222nd Glasgow BB Jubilee celebrations at St.Enoch Church, Hogganfield
        July 1975
BB camp Gristhorpe, Yorkshire, England, parade to local church on both Sundays
16-31 Jul 1976 BB camp Southport, England, parade to local church
24th Oct 1976 
Dennistoun District parade
14th Nov 1976
Remembrance Sunday parade to St.Andrew's Church, Trongate, Glasgo
08th Oct.1978 
Band paraded for 155th Glasgow (Townhead) for the company rededication service
02-04th Nov 1978 Glasgow Battalions DRUMBEAT show at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. 
The first flute band  to appear in Drumbeat.
05th Dec 1978 Glasgow City Chambers, Presentation of certificates for Queen's men
1st Apr 1979 1st Sanquhar, Dumfries, 25th anniversary band paraded through village along with Glasgow Battalion's Brass Band, under the leadership of Lt. John Cooper.
(  John was a great friend of the band and was instrumental in many of our invites )
18th May 1979 
219th BB Display
28th May 1979 19th Glasgow (Castlemilk) BB Display
14th June 1979 
Parade of Queen's men at Cenotaph, George Square Glasgow.
Played along with 41st Glasgow bugle band
        July 1979 Jersey, BB Camp band paraded.
18th Aug 1979 Sanquhar Gala Day, riding the marche
15th Sept 1979 Glasgow Battalion Display, George Square, Glasgow
07th Oct 1979 and played at my son Alan's christening, 3 months old.
27-28th Feb 81 Glasgow Battalion show ARENA'81, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
13th June 1981 Hillington Park Church fete, played along with the 32nd Glasgow BB Brass band
15th Aug 1981 Sanquhar, Dumfries, riding the marches received our first ever payment 15 !
04th April 1982 Band played at my son Iain's christening, 4 months old.
25th April 1982 Girl Guide/Brownie, East North East District Parade. Band played in church.
07th May 1982 76th Glasgow BB, played at their 95th anniversary display ( Capt.Bob Howie)
13th Dec 1982 St.Thomas's Church, Gallowgate held a show to commemorate the start of the Boys Brigade Centenary celebrations. Along with ourselves were the Glasgow Battalion Choir ( their 1st public appearance ) the 32nd Glasgow Brass Band and special guest singers.
05th Feb 1983
Rev.John McKenzies celebration 50th year as a minister, social event in church hall.
25-27 Aug 83
Glasgow Battalion's Centenary celebrations ARENA'83, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow     
04th Dec 1983
Christmas concert played along with Battalion Brass Band, Crosshill/Queens Park church

Over the years I have lost count of the number of boys I taught flute and penny whistle.
I hope some of them are still enjoying their music.......................


First Parade




City Chambers 








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