Looking for your help and comments. Here’s this week’s quick questions. Not a quiz, i genuinely don’t know the answers and need further assistance.
Q1. Does anybody remember or know of a man affectionately known as ‘TONY THE TINKER’ who lived down the Calder? If so, what can you tell me?
Q2. I’m looking to add more references to MODERN BUSINESSES into my massive Blantyre Directory being compiled. Can you tell me of a modern business you think I’ll have missed? Name, when it started , who runs it, what it does/sells etc? Even just a comment so i can include an entry.
Q3. What year exactly did that BOATING POND get demolished and removed from Stonefield Public Park. References I have are all over the place ranging from 1988 to 1999! Can you even narrow that down at all?
Q4. What year did the APOLLO PUB in High Blantyre main street close down? I know it was an Indian restaurant afterwards.
Q5. BUSES. The 62 and 63 ran through Blantyre and perhaps still do. What other numbers ran on Glasgow Road?
Thats all for now. All answers will be carefully considered for inclusion into the Blantyre Explained Encyclopedia. Thanks in advance everybody.
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Elizabeth O’Brien 62, 63 and 67 ran thru Blantyre then obvs they took 62 away and changed the other 2 to 263 and 267.
Sharon Morrison Doonin 61 64 67 ran through Blantyre. 62 and 63 both went via High Blantyre i.e. Glasgow rd, Stonefield Rd route
Jim Botterill 60,61,62,63,64,67,68.69 all run through Blantyre or High Blantyre at one time p. Early 60’s
Jim Donnelly Tony & Molly were Irish folk They stayed up behind Rocheads farm,used to frequent The greyhound racing with my dad,John Dunsmore friend Tam McDade would be able to fill you in more very nice couple Tony was a big gentleman
Bernadette Watt Kevin was Tony’s brother Tony married my mother and they lived in Strathmore Avenue Till Tony’s death He is buried in High Blantyre He was called Tony the Tink because of the way he lived His name was Tony Doherty He worked for years in Rocheads farm
Sandy Wilkie Tony O’Docherty I believe – he also worked at Bardykes. He could fair handle hay bales as we loaded the trailers!
Drew Fisher During the 1960s and early 1970s the only 60s Number buses that ran through High Blantyre was the 63. All the other 60s buses ran along Glasgow Road.
Jim Frame Q1 me and 2 pals went down the calder and 2 guys stayed in a tin shed just at the bridge towers one of the guys there threw lit stuff over my pals face and it set his face on fire don’t know if this is the same guy
Robert McLeod-Wolohan question 5 paul, the number 205 and 203 went to east kilbride and i think it was the 203 that used to go up to the hospital grounds. i think it started from wishaw. hope this is some help for u.
Betty Brown The 21 use to run there. There was a grocery store at the top of Calder st. The 21 one came in there. Wee used to play balls there.
William Dickson correct betty 21 at gibson store terminus was calder st ran to hamilton via high blantyre
Caroline Rundell Q5 64 AND 67
Gary Doonin Tony Docherty I think his wife was called Molly I’m sure he was Irish and had a great knowledge of greyhounds .
Daniel Anderson I think Apollo closed as a pub in 2007
Ann Millar Awe! the number 60 buses right up to 69 ran threw the main street n low Blantyre except the 63 which went threw high Blantyre n doon Stonefield Rd.
James Faulds tony the tinker did he not race greyhounds at the blantyre racetrack and also live in a trailer between racetrack and blantyre celtic park
Agnes Wilkie Q5 the 67 also ran and nowadays it’s the 262, 263 and 267, I think
Alan Rochead Tony Docherty was an Irish navi who lived in a tin shack in the woods at Birkhill ( just on our side of the marsh between us and Mid Letterick. His wife Molly and brother Kevin also lived there. He worked as a casual labourer for my grandfather and then my dad on the farm and also trained greyhounds for the track. Sadly he developed dementia towards the end and after a short stay on Strathmore ave he ended up in a home. You should ask Woody about the night he found him wandering the Calder in his pyjamas trying to find his way ‘home’.
Helena Rochead Tony “The tinker” Docherty lived in a shack in the wood near Malcolmwood from 1950’s with his common law wife Molly. He worked on and off at several of the farms in the area. He kept greyhounds and always smelled of smoke from the fire. He was from Northern Ireland and Molly was from the South, and they used to argue and badger each other all the time. There are many people will have stories to tell about Tony, he was a likeable rogue. Later he lived Strathmore Ave and in a caravan in the Celtic Club. However he seemed to be healthier and fitter when he stayed in his shack in the woods Summer and Winter.