One final photo of Kirkton Park at High Blantyre. Again from 1953, almost 70 years ago. The wee girl pictured with dark hair in the foreground, most likely a WW2 baby, will now be around 80 years old.
This scene is again from the School Lane entrance to the park and looks over to the homes on Broompark Road. Through the Broompark Road entrance, you’ll see the cemetery in the background, long before the houses in the Burnbrae estate were built.
Prominently, in front of the playpark are the multiple flowerbeds, tended to and being laid out by park-keepers and groundsmen, as shown on the right hand side. The hedges are neatly trimmed, the grass cut and the park looks beautiful.
The whole scene reflects a post WW2 era of pride in outdoor spaces, the need for recreation and budgets from authorities to beautify and look after public surroundings.