Lusset Glen

Motorways cut a lot of the good bits away

George Mirren

The Glen itself, as I would say… all these motorways coming in they cut a lot of the good bits away, if you know what I mean, and they put all these cement buildings and frameworks up, you know. Because on the Boulevard there, as you passed Dalnottar coming down the way, going Dumbarton way, you had that wee road that took you into Station Road here, you never had need for these big walls on the sides, that was all done to hold the bankings up because of the motorways and different things, you see.

Always up the glen

Elma Robertson

We played up the glen, we were always up the glen, there used to be swings in the glen and the maypole and there was a paddling pool but we weren’t allowed to go in it because bad boys were always throwing bottles into it and there was broken glass in the paddling pool… that was on the left as you go up through the glen and across the little bridge – along that side was the paddling pool. I don’t know if the remnants are still there – and then we used to play at jumping the burn and we were always having picnics in those days, a bottle of lemonade and my mother would make us a piece and jam and that was a picnic, you know, there was a group of us.

Really, really good fun

Irene Haworth

Just playing in the burn and having great fun. I think there used to be an old paddling pool but it was done away with years ago. And just really having great fun and being away from the house. Even though it was just along the road but we could have freedom and nobody had to bother about, you know, you just went out and played. We played hide and seek with the trees and built wee dens. It was great; it was really, really good fun.

Favourite spot with the Old Kilpatrick kids

Jim McCall

We had a paddling pool in the glen. It was a fair sizeable pool. The glen was a favourite spot certainly in good weather. We had the Glen Cafe that’s still there. It was Lazzerini – Italian people who had it. There was the mother, Bertie Lazzerini – they had it for a couple of generations. We would get an ice cream and go in to the glen and have a paddle. It was a favourite spot with the Old Kilpatrick kids. Good memories of that time. It was heavily wooded with very very old trees at that time.

Great place to go and just play

June Alderdice

There was a Mr Sanny Bell, he lived in the wee cottage, the Station Road end, and I think he was in charge of the men that kept the glen in good condition. The burn was lovely: clear and natural and it was a great place to go and just play – you know, run around the trees. My Mum took us as well for quite a spell for a wee picnic you know – it was lovely.

Everybody used to go in there

Myra Mackenzie

There used to be a wee pool in there at one time and we used to take them up there in their wee trunks and they’d have a wee swim. That was a lovely place believe it or not at one time. Although it was quite shaded you know with all the trees but it was a lovely, lovely place to take them. I’d forgot about that. Everybody used to go in there and take wee picnics. The squirrels used to come down and you’d take stuff for them. The rabbits would be running about. That was really good up there.

The Paddling pool

Owen Sayers

But the glen itself was a place that you played in constantly. The paddling pool was open in the summer. It was drained in the winter. But it used to be full in the hot weather, you know, and we seemed to get more hot weather in those days.

Cottage in the glen

George Mirren

Well, it’s all changed now but at the top entrance, my wife’s family [Cairney], her father had the house there, it was a wee cottage and the burn ran down the other side, there was a wee road went through and on the other side there was the burn and a bridge and it was like… he grew the vegetables there, her father and some of the men in the park used to go in and dig in the winter and get it all ready. And then the glen, as I say it’s all changed now…just as you come down Station Road just before you go round the corner into Station Road well there was an entrance there that took you up into the glen up to the hall, there was a road up there, a dirt road up there.

A bit of a disappointment

Billy Forsyth

The paddling pool was always a bit of a disappointment… it was hardly ever filled with water, no matter what happened… we would always go down there hoping it would be filled... but it would never ever be filled. There’s maybe two occasions I can remember in my life that we actually went down and were able to paddle in it. We used to paddle in the burn, then climb the trees at the burn as well.

Sanny Bell

Elma Robertson

Before you come to the railway tunnels you go across that little bridge and you walked back a bit and there was a roundabout there, there was a maypole and there were swings all round about there and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still remnants. One man looked after the glen and he lived in that house and he had at the other side of the burn a big patch of ground where he had gooseberry bushes and a market garden practically. Sanny Bell was his name, again, he was friendly with my mother and father and the family and we used to get gooseberries when they were in season when we went up that way. He looked after the glen and it was in better nick with one man looking after it with a scythe and you daren’t misbehave if he was around because you could get told off. The same in the village here if the village policeman saw you and knew you… there were a few tearaways in the village and he would say to them ‘right, I know who you are and I’m going to have a word with your father or mother', whatever the case would be and nobody would come back at him with ‘you’re picking on my boy'.

The Ghost in the Glen

David Stormonth

As a young boy we weren’t really allowed along the glen. I always remember stories of the school – they used to say that there was an old lady, a ghost, in the glen burn, just at the wee bridge. Did anybody believe it or not? I think there was a few youngsters believed it; down in the dark in the glen, because it was very dark. We used to go along as a school – we did some nature things through the glen: we would walk up through the glen and take the leaves off the trees and go back for a nature project; people from that end of the village would tell you the ghost stories that they’d heard about from their older brothers or whatever... They used to try and see if you could see the ghost. Nobody ever seen it though.

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