On Friday 29th August 1924, a sudden and terrific thunderstorm burst over Blantyre that afternoon.
Shortly before two o’clock thunder was heard rolling the distance, and it gradually came nearer. By a quarter past two the elements were in a raging fury, and rain and hail was coming down in torrents, which lasted for hour. About 2.15pm when the storm was at its height, the two-storey tenement known as Annfield Terrace on Glasgow Road was struck by lightning, and four chimney heads were carried away, and the back court was littered with debris.
The interior rooms of the householders suffered badly from soot and other debris.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
Pictured more than 50 years later is the field in front of Hastie’s, where Annfield Terrace once stood.