1979 Bug Hits Community Centre


1979 Blantyre Community CentreOver 60 young children who attended Blantyre Community Centre Playgroup were confined to their homes in mid March 1979 after being all hit by a virus.

Doctors confirmed at least 2 of them had dysentery and were at a loss as to what was causing it. Centre staff took the outbreak seriously, asking parents to keep their children at home. All the play equipment including many toys were destroyed and professional cleaners hired to bleach the entire place.

Dysentery is a contagious disease and needs isolation. Dr David Colville at Blantyre Health Centre told staff that Dysentery was a much more serious disease than the usual tummy bugs encountered in day to day childrens playgroups. It is very easily spread by hands and mouths.

Thankfully the crisis calmed down with children returning almost 2 weeks later.

From the book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018

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

Sadie Dolan Good Memories of this hall x

Margaret Stewart It’s great to see this photo. Me and my sister and friends went there in the late 60s – 70s. Met my husband there too. Big Bish. RIP

Kerry Tremble Kevan Great memories here in the 80’s of our Youth Club & Summer play scheme club, trips away, discos & lots of fun, bringing kids from all over Blantyre together! Brilliant leaders there too, Margaret-Ann, John, Robert.
Linda Halpin Me too Sadie x
Elaine Speirs I used to go to the summer play scheme here and the cafe as their sweets were really cheap!
Helen Stewart Had great times in the community centre in the early seventies x

Jane Scobbie Had great nights and parties in this hall that was the 60s though great

Blantyre Project you can read much more about this community centre here https://blantyreproject.com/…/blantyre-community-centre/


Janette Mackenzie Had my wedding reception there 1965
Libby Moffat My dad’s work had Christmas nights for the kids and my dad was Santa great memories xx

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