Margaret Nimmo Lehmann emailed me recently with a nice bit of Blantyre social history.
Margaret told me, “I met up with Elizabeth Bennoch (now Lovatt) a couple of weeks ago, she lives about 2 hours from me. She was a year younger than me, but we were friends through Brownies etc. at H.B. Parish and she also went to St. John’s. A while ago you had asked about Dux Medals and Scouts. This is the information she gave me:
Her older brother John Bennoch was Dux of High Blantyre Primary in 1958 and Dux of Calder Street in 1961 before going onto Hamilton Academy. Elizabeth Bennoch was Dux of H.B. Primary in 1964 and she said the boy Dux that year was Tom Clark.
Elizabeth was also Akela in Cub Scouts (not sure if you wanted info on them or if it was just the Scouts you were collecting info on) from 1969 – 1975, she helped out prior to 1969, then when Joan Dodds retired she took over. She was also a Sunday School teacher at H.B. Parish those same years.
Some more general information is that she owned Jean’s Hairstylist across the road from H.B. Parish and next to the Church Hall from 1970 – 1973, she had worked there prior to that since she was 15. She didn’t change the name of the business as she knew she wouldn’t be there long as the building was scheduled to be demolished. As a teenager she also worked in Jim Wilson’s shop and when he didn’t need her she worked at Nelson’s grocery.”
Do you remember the Bennoch family in Blantyre or Jeans Hairdressers in High Blantyre Main Street?
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