I like this photo. It’s in my own family collection which makes it personal and also for it’s gloriously clear quality. It looks like it could have been taken yesterday with a modern camera. It’s also special as it’s a location immediately adjacent to my own home.
Pictured on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th May 1950, is the opening day of the Main Street, High Blantyre Police Station.
Members of the Committee are pictured making an inspection of the premises after the formal opening. The new Police Station with 4 houses attached was built on greenfield site, previously unbuilt upon, the land acquired previously from nearby Croftfoot.
The station on High Blantyre’s Main Street, was formally opened by Mr D. Pollock Smith, Stepps, the Vice Convenor and Chairman of the Police Committee. In declaring the station open, Mr Smith confirmed it was the first to be completed in post war years as part of the Police Force’s intention to improve all police buildings in the County. Their aim was to house all the officers in the houses adjacent and this had been a good start to that goal. Schemes for police houses were at the time also being constructed in Westburn, (Cambuslang), Garrowhill, Viewpark, Newarthill and Larkhall. He congratulated the contractors on the excellent job they had made of the new station, which was to be an asset to the Force.
Those present at the ceremony included members of the Police Committee and local councillors and Chief Constable Thomas Renfrew, Depute Chief Constable John Wilson, Superintendent GH Docherty (from HQ), Superintendent Alex Murray of Hamilton and Inspector Peter MacDonald of Blantyre.
A tea then followed the opening and Mr Robert Aitkenhead on behalf of his company which built the station presented Mr Smith with a gift as a memento of the occasion.
Pictured also are Chief Constable Renfrew (left), Mr. D Pollock Smith and Inspector P MacDonald.
In the background, you can just make out the former Baptist Church Building (wee tin kirk) which is no longer there. Some people may remember the air raid siren which used to be positioned on the roof of this building, even well into the 1970s.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c)
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