Annual Co-Operative Gala Days started in Blantyre in 1900. It’s worth a quick description of a special one held, 10 years later in 1910, if only because how exceptionally well it was attended and families of course had no idea of the horrors of war that would in a few short years after, descend in […]
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It’s Gala Day in Blantyre so we need a fitting post today. The annual children’s gala day hosted by Blantyre Co-operative Society (Ltd.) was held on Saturday 31st July 1917. The weather was ideal for such event and war in Europe did not hamper attendance to any great extent. Close on 7000 people most of […]
The children of Elizabeth Scott Playgroup knew how to enjoy themselves in the Summer of 1978. Dressed up as “little sailors and pirates” for the Gala float, they were transported down to Stonefield Public Park on Saturday 1st July that year. Do you recognise anybody? These Blantyre kids were probably born between 1974 – 1976.
This photo was kindly shared by Peter Leggate and is from 1981. Pictured is Glasgow Road, as police stop traffic to allow the Gala Day floats to go by. The photo looks eastwards towards Grants and Gilmour’s Buildings at the back, (near the junction of Forrest Street). Those buildings were amongst the last of […]
The location is Glasgow Road, the year is 1981 and it’s Gala Day. Pictured here, courtesy of my good friend, Peter Leggate are various residents from Springwells. They’re standing on board a decorated “Robertsons of Springwells” flatbed delivery lorry. Heading along Glasgow Road, the weather doesn’t look the best but hasn’t stopped crowds of people […]
Thank you to Gail Duncan, for sharing these photos. The date is 1971, the location, Low Blantyre Public Park at Stonefield. These Gala day photos show Gail’s aunt being crowned Gala Queen. Gail told me, “My aunts name at the time was Joan hunter and she was Blantyre YMCA gala queen the newspaper one shows […]