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     61st Glasgow Boys' Brigade 


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The 61st Glasgow Company, the Boys Brigade was formed 19 Jan 1887 and was attached to  Calton UP Church

In session 1929-1930 the company's church changed to Calton Relief Church

In session 1952-1953 the company's church changed to McMillan-Calton Relief Church
In session 1960-1961 the company closed
 In Session 1967-1968 the number was re-allocated 61st Glasgow BB attached to  Springburn North Hill, Hillkirk Street
In session 1973-1974 the company closed


BB Camp Leven 1955,  the 61st Boys Brigade, Calton, Glasgow joint summer camp with the 155th BB 
1 2 3 4 5 6 Ian (pitch)
7 Bert (speedster)
1 Jack
2 Rab
3 Jim
4 Wullie
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1 2 3 Lt.Gavin
4 5 Capt Eddie
6 7 Lt Ronnie
8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Ian Hamilton 9



July 2008, Email & photo from ( GlescaPal weeger) Jack Dougall, Beith, Ayrshire
61st. Calton B.B. Summer Camp 1955,
3rd row -1, Jack Dougall, 2, Rab McLelland, 4, Wullie Spraggan;  back row - 6, Ian (Pitch) Ross,  7 Bert (Spedster) Walker.
front row - 8, Ian Hamilton; 2nd row - 3, Lt.Gavin Innes, 5 Capt. Eddie Hall, 7,Lt. Ronnie ?;
Actually there were one or two officers and boys present from a B.B. company based in Landressy Street, but  I can't remember company number, or names, but almost all of the guys went to John Street Sen. Secy.  Regards

 Jack the Landressy Street BB were the 155th, Regards, Webmaister

The 61st. BB operated from a large hall in Green St.Calton. I think the hall was an annexe of Macmillan Parish church, which we were attached to. The church was located in London Rd.,opposite side from the Barras, roughly halfway between Green St. and Kent St.
I know all ex B.B. guys think their fitba' team was the greatest, but at that time we really were the best in the east -end. We had a few really excellent players, and although I definitely wiznae in that category, I remember scoring at Celtic Park in the final of Glasgow Battalion five a side tourney, which we won in '55. It was really very good of Celtic letting us use the pitch, and we showed our appreciation by indulging in only very mild graffiti in the dressing room.
At that time we had a bugle band, and we played at church parades, I remember my bugle was stamped U.S. Army Michigan, 1840 something. We had a parade at Leven that year and I'll never forget the struggle I had to stay awake during the sermon, which seemed to last for hours. Those were really happy days, and I have terrific memories.
Best of all was leaving the house at about 9-30 Saturday mornings, meeting my mates and setting off, usually 'doon the green', for another league match.  Regards,  Jack Dougall.  ( GlescaPal Weeger )
May 2013, Jack Dougall (GlescaPal Weeger)
Webmaister, I can add that Jim Spraggan is on his wee brother Wullie's left in the B.B. photo.



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