MEMORIES of dancing at the Barrowland, of the chapper-uppers during the war and of old Glasgow schooldays have been flooding in to Times Past HQ this week.

James Hinds got in touch to tell us about his happy memories of his favourite dance hall.

“I am 76 years old and stayed just outside Glasgow, but in our day, everybody had to go to the Barrowland Ballroom,” he says.

“We’d dance to the music of Billy McGregor and his band and the interval, my brother-in-law’s band The Monarchs played.

“You could also go downstairs for a disco - it was called Georgie’s Byre. We would also go to Hurrel’s bar, where you could get a gill of wine and pint of cider for two and six ….”

Denise Jacka (nee Parsons) got in touch to share some memories of her old school, Greenfield Primary in Govan, where she was a pupil from 1951 until 1952.

“I was an eight-year-old Australian, taken to ‘the old country’ with my grandparents who had migrated in 1922 and were making a return visit for the first time,” she says.

“I am still in contact with my classmate, Esther Boyle (nee Horne) and my third cousin, Isabel Preston, now aged 82.

“I have such amazing memories of being in Glasgow at that time - rations, the Coronation, Brownies in Elder Park (only in summer)…. and I could go on forever.”

And Robert Downes wrote in about our recent feature on the ‘chapper-uppers’, men employed usually by the collieries to go around the streets chapping on the windows of miners to make sure they got up in time for work.

Robert Downes, who recalls the chapper-uppers.

Robert Downes, who recalls the chapper-uppers.

“As a young child during the Second World War, I remember Johnny Monaghan, who was a chapper- upper during the whole of the war years,” he says.

“Johnny who stayed opposite me in Naburn Street, on the south side of Glasgow, would go round making early morning calls by knocking on people’s doors, even during the Blitz.”

Robert adds: “For his services Johnny would receive money weekly from each house he called on. “Most of the people using him were employed in essential war work, and needed a permit to obtain an alarm clock, which were hard to come by.

“They could be fined for bad timekeeping or taking days off. Johnny in my opinion, is one of the many unsung heroes of the last war.”

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