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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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.