1978 Janny Daniel McAnaw


1978 High Blantyre pupilsI like this picture, if only as I went to school with these children. It’s 1978 and pictured here at High Blantyre Annexe school are a bunch of delightful 6 to 8 year olds.

Learning to write at High Blantyre Primary didn’t just end in the classroom! Well, not if you have a poetic janitor like Danny McAnaw. (pictured)

Daniel McAnaw (43) was the school janitor at the school and he had quite a poetic flair to his name. He had been writing poetry for some years and in 1978, came out with a wonderful poem for Rabbie Burns 219th anniversary. It starts,

“Sweet Poet, of the Scottish race, once more we gaze upon thy face.
in dreams sublime. And picture too, the ease and grace, of one so gifted in music and rhyme. “

The poem was praised by all who heard it. Daniel of 4 Waverley Terrace, High Blantyre was encouraged to carry on his hobby, but making sure it was done after the 4 o’clock hometime bell!

Danny had one or two pieces of poetry published. Pictured are children from various classes. I’ll leave it to you to tag them, but if you need help who they are, give me a shout!

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Elizabeth Lovatt Janitor was Mr Baird when I went there….he lived across the road from the school had a son called Ian but that was in the late 50’s early 60’s
The Blantyre Project I recognise Andrene Sim at far left, Gary Thomson off middle to the right, Una Tweedie to the right. Anybody know the others?
Arlene Campbell I met Mr McAnaw at Sunday morning mass at st josephs chapel couple of years ago , he was sat behind me and couldn’t believe I recognised and remembered him .
Stuart Tremble Andrene, Sharon Findlay ? don’t know, Janny, Ian McColl, Gary Thompson, Mareck Ptaschek ? Una and is the last 1 not Graham Kennedy’s sister ??


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