I asked, “Before the Sports Centre in early 1980’s, where did Blantyre folks go to swim? Hamilton? Bellshill? EK?”
I remember going to Bellshill baths in the 1970”s every Saturday morning. Memories of that included the huge steps at the entrance to the baths, the plastic changing room crates for clothes, the high dales, particularly cold water and of course the brilliant chips in the cafe afterwards and 5p space invaders games, the first time i ever saw a games arcade machine.
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,:
Stephen Speirs East Kilbride – many a happy day at the Dollan baths when I was young – and occasionally went to Hamilton. After swimming, we enjoyed sausage roll in the Dollan baths cafe, occasionally a cream doughnut in BHS in EK. Or chips from the Kentucky Fried Chicken that used to be near Hamilton baths
Gary Doonin Big room changing rooms at Hamilton baths or hitch hike to Dolan baths EK , occasionally Rutherglen
David Hamilton Hamilton baths as a boy, then EK as a teenager, used to hitch hike up and back before school in the morning, quite often I’d be 1st in the pool.
James Donnelly The quarry, just off Old Ferme Road…remember the scorching hot summer of 1982 well, we were never away from it. Minging, in hindsight
Mark Grieve Hamilton baths with my dad every Saturday morning then a soup from the KFC that used to be where the Chinese restaurant is now ,,,then ek baths as a teenager ,,,
Henry Hambley I used to go either Motherwell or Bellshill baths for the Turkish Baths or sauna when I worked in the Lanakshire Steel Worksworks.
Michael Burns Diving to touch the black diamond in Hamilton or walking to the Dollan baths in EK only to get chucked out after 10 minutes 4 dive bombing
Marianne Stark Aitken Hamilton then spend your bus fare on chips at the KFC and had to walk hame wi ma brothers 😩
Michelle Milligan Sasso Hamilton (remember the old tiles in pool..not good for your feet). EK Saturday morning with my dad who taught me to swim there.
Sharon Reid School took us to Hamilton to learn to swim, then the Dolan for the dales when we got bigger.
Davie Robson Walked to hamilton baths with pals and got a wee snack fae barry Douglas bakers on way home tae springwells
Andy Lynch If anyone has any doubts it was Hamilton baths. Who could afford the bus fare to go anywhere else. Loved going there with my dad and sisters what a treat especially the tablet from the grocers in Almada street. Remember the queing and forming 1/2 spheres in the sandstone with the old pennies which if you where to look are still there. I loved Hamilton baths
Susan Flannigan Mayes Went to Hamilton with the school with the half door changing rooms facing the pool ! Went to EK later where they had flumes.
John Allan Hamilton had ta walk there so wee could get a cup of soup out the shop at the front of them happy days
Graham Elder I know exactly the crates you mean, and while your picture is nothing like the ones at Bellshill, I expect no photo of this things actually exists. Which is sad. Thanks for reminding me – the stairs, ticket office and separate school changing room all stand out
Brian Gallagher Bellshill were the best because of the 12ft pool and the clearer water – Coatbridge baths always had the mixture wrong, and you couldn’t see a thing without goggles
Matthew Neil Ek was 14 deep and Olympic size and top dale never open but Davy swinburne slipped past rope and did very fucking high
Stephen Welby The Dolan in EK. Never liked the Hamilton baths… they had an ant problem lol
Ina Sanders when I was 12 it was Hamilton baths