Back to the 1960’s and Glasgow Road. Its 1963 here and children hang about Collins’ Bakery and Birrell’s Sweet Shop. To see the cakes and sweets in both windows, must have been an exciting thing, prior to heading into the cinema next door.
The scene is of course near the junction of Station Road. Collin’s Bakery was originally based here on Glasgow Road under the first canopy on the left, before later moving up to Broompark Road.
Birrell’s Sweet shop was immediately next door in the one storey building, under the second canopy, the one on the right beside the cinema. They offered sweets on trays and there was a farthing, halfpenny and penny tray. It looks to have had address 252 Glasgow Road.
What are your memories of these shops?
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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I remember my Auntie Jean working in one of the Birrells shops and at Christmas they used to sell these little houses filled with sweeties, I used to look froward tomgetting one of these. Does anyone,else remember these?
The shop was owned by Mr Kelly and he was a Master Shoemaker not a cobbler. The cobblers in Stonefield Road was owned by Frank Mc Ghie. Prior to moving to the shop on Glasgow Road, Mr Kelly’s shop was in Victoria Street exactly where The Little Tea Room sits.