Almost a Century old, this remarkable photo was taken in Glasgow Road. There’s certainly a noticeable lack of traffic., signage and road markings. If you look closely, the newspaper “Gazette” offices are on the left. Most of these buildings are now gone. A watching “bobby” keeps an eye on the photographer, who is clearly standing on the road itself to capture his shot.
Mr. John Clifford first founded the Gazette on 27th November 1925, the first edition appearing a few weeks later. Everybody knew how to contact the reporters. New telephone systems throughout Blantyre were connected, so you could simply dial ‘Blantyre 321’ to submit a story or advertisement. The newspaper became a very popular read with residents in Blantyre. The final edition of the Gazette was printed on 31st January 1964 and was sorely missed for an entire generation.