Marie and Davie Kelly kindly shared this photo recently. Marie says, “Davie Kelly & I was looking at old pictures & found one of the Blantyre Public Park. We thought you’d like to see it early 1970s”
Taken from the back of the tenements on Glasgow Road, the scene is idyllic and a far cry from what it looks like today. The trees, of course much smaller in this photo which is notably busy with families enjoying the outdoors.
The prominent feature of course it the former large outdoor pool. Although no boats are on it on that particular day, plenty of people are in the water paddling and swimming, which if I recall was sometimes dangerous due to broken bottles. However, the park looks well kept in this scene.
We’re quick to look back on what was once there with fond memories, and although some of the park has given up to sheltered houses, for the best part, the park remains a great outdoor space today. The play equipment may be needing some attention, but I have to admit this park DOES look very green and leafy at times, with the trees now very much taller. I can champion the modern era as much as I want but between you and me, I still prefer the scene pictured.
Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:
Sadie Dolan Great Childhood memories of this park in late 60s and 70s yeah my friend got glassed in foot very serious ambulance came and took her to hospital xx
Ann Hartman Great park spent many a happy day in 60s
Paul Black A 4 inch scar on my right foot is a constant reminder to me of how dangerous broken glass is, and that was in the wee pool on Gala day😱
Fiona Broadley Semple Easi Jaz just popped up on FB lol….. scene of the FIRST Thriller 😂
Catriona Paterson It was a beautiful park, just a eyesore now……..like the rest of Blantyre its becoming neglected by SLC.
Bernadette Watt Used to be so much to do in this park Everything has been taken away So sad for
Blantyre and the up coming youth
John Paterson Gordon Mather I think his name was McDonald but can’t remember his first name
Janette Innes McElwee Loved playing here. 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦
William Mullen punch 👊 and judy