1978 Little Jack Horner Playgroup

1978 Jack Horner PLaygroup wmFollowing several catastrophic fires in Blantyre during 1978, the fire brigade formed an initiative to go round local schools, telling kids a bit more about what they do. This included approaching nursery schools to give youngsters a basic understanding of fire fighting.

In September 1978, as this picture shows, the firefighters from nearby Hamilton dropped in on the Public Hall in High Blantyre in Cemetery Road to give the kids of “Little Jack Horner” Playgroup a thrill of being aboard the fire engine and hearing the sirens.

Officer Jim Murray is pictured with some of the “new recruits”.

“Little Jack Horner” playgroup was run by Cathy Mcinally who now runs a shop in High Blantyre Main Street.

Do you recognise anybody in the photo? These kids would have been born around 1974 or 75.  Can you tell me anything else about “Little Jack Horner Playgroup”?

From the forthcoming book which charts all Blantyre Fires in history, “Blantyre Fires – Through the Flames” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

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The Blantyre Project i remember you about this age Susan…..long time ago! lol Tell your mum and dad I was asking for them.
Alison Syme We did! 😀 There was a chute with a green tunnel at the bottom and a toy Noddy.
Marian Maguire My husband John a fireman, knew Jimmy well and was on his shift at Hamilton fire station. His brother Alec was also a fireman based at cambuslang.
The Blantyre Project Cath – knowing you run/ran Little Jack Horner for such a long time, it would be great for you to tell us a little more. No rush. I may drop in to your shop sometime when you’ve got a second. Hope you’re well.
Cath Mcinally Hi there ,yes I am good thanks .
Remember this day well and have more pictures .
Think the wee boy in front with the hat is David Wilson I will b racking my brains for the others .
Look forward to seeing you
The Blantyre Project cheers! Much appreciated.

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