Sweenie’s Butcher Shop – During the 1960’s and 1970’s Mr James (Jimmy) Sweenie had a butchers shop at 8 Stonefield Road not far from the bottom of Stonefield Road near the Old Original Bar.
The Sweenie’s appear to be incomers to Blantyre during WW2 years. It was adjacent to Gilbert the Bakers at that time.
It was not to be confused by the small sweet shop his wife ran on Broompark Road. The Sweenies lived at 53 Broompark Road.
Their daughter Irene taught at Whitley’s Business College in the 1960’s. It is often said Jim Sweenie’s shop had the most delicious sliced sausage in the town. Before Sweenie’s Butcher shop, it was known as Arbuckles. Today, the shop is now Tan Unique.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
Here’s a photo courtesy of Gordon Cook of both Gilberts and Sweenies together.
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