Welcoming in 1932


1917 Liv Mem ChurchThe Hamilton Advertiser had this story on the Blantyre pages of 2nd January 1932. It tells of welcoming in that year.

“It is hoped you had a happy time last night, and made provision for the closing of the “hooses” today. Good morning, Miss 1932, and we hope that you will have in your right hand a length of happy and prosperous days
We wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year. As formerly advertisements and news items sent to our local correspondent will have our attention. Those of our people who are travelling further afield during the New Year holidays should pay a visit to the railway station, where they will obtain cheap fares that are in operation to every station in Scotland.

Blantyre Celtic have as first-footers at Craighead Park, to-morrow, the Banks-of Dee, from Aberdeen, whom they meet in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. The visitors will require to leave their native heath long before daylight to be at Craighead Park before two o’clock in the afternoon.

In accordance with past precedent there will be the usual Ne’erday turnout of the three Silver Bands, who will parade the principal streets, and a “Guid New Year” and other cheery selections will greet the ears of our citizens. The Thistle Flute Band will lay a wreath at the Blantyre Cenotaph. 

The frost which set in after the blizzard of snow on Monday night, provided the “goods” for the youngsters, and the following day they quickly found out that ample scope was given them for making the pavements into slides. This was particularly noticeable in the housing areas, where they fairly enjoyed themselves.

In our last issue we mentioned the fact that we had a green Christmas, but we got what we ought to have had it been different. We had not long to wait, however before Father Christmas had cast his white mantle over the landscape. Monday dawned with a gale of sleet and rain, but by three o’clock in the afternoon a blizzard of snow whirled around, which quickly, though slightly, covered the ground. 

A few enjoyable hours were spent with eighty bright and happy boys and girls in the Livingstone Church Hall last Saturday afternoon, they being the children of primary class of the Sunday school, whose ages ranged from four to seven years. Mr Thomas Arnott, the genial superintendent, with his company of teachers, attended to the little mites, and after a good tea they took part with their guests in the fun and frolics of the children, who enjoyed themselves right merrily. Then “Santa Clause” appeared, who handed over from the Christmas tree a girt to everyone. By that time the mothers of the little ones have arrived to take them home after having a happy time. “

Pictured in 1917, some 15 years earlier is David Livingstone Church, on Glasgow Road.

Ref. Hamilton Advertiser. 2/1/1932. Page 7. Shared by Wilma Bolton.

On social media:

Christine Wallace Beautiful church – is it still there?

The Blantyre Project it is. On Glasgow Road, not far from St Josephs.

Kathy Luft This is incredible!!

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