NO WONDER Nina Campbell looks happy in her old school photo.

“I was really delighted that day, because I was wearing a dress my mother’s sister had sent me from New Jersey,” she laughs.

“It helped to have a glamorous auntie in America when you were growing up in 1940s Baillieston! She used to send us clothes all the time – I was one of 10, so money was tight.

“We never got the chance to go to the US to see her, we just couldn’t have afforded it. But we always looked forward to the parcels she sent us.”

Nina was one of many residents who popped in to our

Thanks for the Memories

event in Baillieston Library recently.

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Nina, whose maiden name was Harrold, was a pupil at Swinton Primary School in the late 40s and early 50s. She is pictured second from the left in the front row.

Her dad, Thomas, was a company sergeant major with the Cameronians and her mum Ina worked in House of Fraser department store.

“We shared a toilet with two other families in the tenement in Swinton,” says Nina. “When I was about 12 years old, we moved to Baillieston and we had a bathroom in the house! It was fantastic, a real luxury.

“Now I stay in Garrowhill, so I didn’t move very far.”

Nina’s name is pronounced to rhyme with Ina, rather than Meena, she explains.

“My mother was Ina, so it was supposed to be less confusing,” she laughs. “At school, they just called me Ina and I didn’t dare correct the teachers.”

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Looking through the library’s archive collection about the history of Baillieston and the surrounding areas revealed a surprise celebrity connection for photographer Isabel Addie.

Isabel is working with a local artist in residence group, and she told us she was a member of the St Andrew’s Ambulance training corps back in the 1980s.

“I found the old records and it lists Scottish actress Siobhan Redmond as a private at the same time I was there,” smiles Isabel.

Siobhan is currently starring in the re-runs of airline sitcom The High Life on BBC Scotland.

“She was further up the ranks and me, and the records also list her sister and her mother as part of it too,” adds Isabel.

Margaret Simpson has mixed feelings, looking back at her childhood in Baillieston.

“There was a lot of religious bigotry back then, although it has got better over the years,” she says.

“If you were neither Protestant nor Catholic, if you weren’t christened and if you didn’t go to church like my family, you were ostracised. The only place we were welcomed was Bobby Burt’s Mission, a kind of gathering place which accepted us.”

Margaret, who is now 74, is a former pupil of Baillieston Public School. She grew up in Baillieston with her mum Jeanie, who was originally from Blackridge, near Airdrie, and her father Pat.

Pat, who died 44 years ago, helped to set up the Parkhead branch of the local Communist party, which caused quite a stushie amongst his neighbours, says his daughter.

“He was a decent, kind man, who was ahead of his time,” she says, proudly. “He said back then, all those years ago, that Glasgow shouldn’t have separate schools based on religion, that everyone should be together, because everyone was equal.

“I’m very proud of him – he stood up for what he thought was right.”

Through our regular library drop-in events, which have now taken place all over the city, and our letters page and email banks, we are compiling a fantastic archive of stories and pictures, all dedicated to the city we love.

Share your stories of old Glasgow by emailing or write to Ann Fotheringham, Evening Times, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3QB.