The location is Glasgow Road, the year is 1981 and it’s Gala Day. Pictured here, courtesy of my good friend, Peter Leggate are various residents from Springwells. They’re standing on board a decorated “Robertsons of Springwells” flatbed delivery lorry.
Heading along Glasgow Road, the weather doesn’t look the best but hasn’t stopped crowds of people on the pavements and people out enjoying themselves.
In the other photo, the decorated theme on the lorry is “Today’s Pensioners” and “Yesterday’s Pensioners”. The modern 1981 pensioners enjoying holidays, pubs and rock music! The Pensioners from days gone by standing by a mangle doing the washing and incredibly the finely dressed woman beside what I think may be a piano on the back of the lorry!!
The Council these days don’t permit floats, an activity considered too dangerous, despite no real evidence that anybody was ever hurt or fell from them. As part of the Committee for organising modern Galas, I applaud the efforts these people went to in not only their decorations, but with their amazing fancy dress and sense of fun and laughter too!
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