The Village & Community

Old Kilpatrick on TV

Jim McCall

When they built Thistleneuk, there was a popular television programme – ‘Tonight’ on BBC. There was a gentleman called Fyfe Robertson; and famously Fyfe Robertson did a piece to camera at Thistleneuk for the Tonight programme and it was to show how council housing was developed.

It's change like everything else

Irene Haworth

I don’t think it’s a village as such any more. I think just, you know, folk come here to live but they work in Glasgow, you know what I mean. You don’t know everybody now like you used to. I mean I can walk down to the village and I don’t know anybody. Whereas in the old days it was “aw hello”, “hello”, “hello” everywhere you went. You’d go out for 5 minutes and come back an hour later but nowadays… I suppose it’s changed, like everything else. I don’t think there’s the same community spirit anymore.

Away out in no-man’s land

Myra Mackenzie

When I told girls at work I was going with this guy, came from Old Kilpatrick they went “Old Kilpatrick, do they still have the stagecoach down there?” Because to us it was away out in no-man’s land. But it was just a lovely wee village to me, you know, and it was quite a nice wee [village], and everybody knew everybody and everybody was related to everybody. So, I was just a complete outsider.

Different Village

Myra Mackenzie

It was an entirely different village to what it is just now. We just used to take turns of going to each other’s houses. So I got to know people that way. But then I started to like it. And when I went further up into Glasgow or Partick, I can’t suffer all this noise, and trains and buses and bustle. No, I’ll just go back home.

The coronation gala

Jim McCall

There was a Gala date, the Coronation, all the kids got dressed up – it was a big fancy dress parade. I was dressed as a jockey – jodhpurs, jockey hat, and we were taken to the High Lusset and we paraded round there, it was a beautiful sunny day, it was too hot but there were some spectacular costumes. And we were given a coronation mug (which I still have) and a chocolate crown – that was a big treat, a chocolate crown!

The houses were festooned with bunting – lots of people had coloured lights, photographs, pictures of the Queen with lighted bulbs round them, and we had communal parties for the children and all the neighbours put all their tables laid out in the back garden with sandwiches and cake and lemonade.

Happy times

Carol Mackenzie

I remember the gala days as well….they used to have the [gala] days and things like that in the school, sorry, in the village. Nice gala days. Just happy times. A nice place to grow up, Old Kilpatrick, people were friendly, people knew each other as well. A lot of people still stay in the village that were brought up in the village or they come back to it to send their children to the school there as well. They maybe don’t live in the village but they still send their children to the school.

Mitchell Terrace party

Jim Dunbar

I have a vague memory, at the end of the war there was a sort of a street sort of thing at night along where Mitchell Terrace was – roughly where the old folks home is now - and they had it out there, Armstrong’s shop was the other side and the petrol station. The party was when I was about seven or eight and running about and crackers going off and fireworks… it would be VE day, I think… that was a very memorable event to me. Of course, there wasn’t that much traffic about those days and the whole street just stopped because of that. That was a very memorable night to me, at that age up so late, running up! There was dancing, people were dancing on the street.

Dressing up

Evelyn Campbell

At the Coronation, one of the girls dressed up as the Queen and we dressed up as train bearers and paraded round the area (to celebrate the coronation).

The gala days

David Stormonth

Billy Connolly even opened the first Gala day in the village. At that time he was an up and coming star, with the yellow banana boots on, and he was there all day, talking to people and joking. That happened once a year. There was a whole gala week everybody would get involved the Boys Brigade, the churches, the Girls Brigade, the Scouts, the football teams – everybody got involved in the whole village.

Queen Elizabeth 2

Myra Mackenzie

The Queen came over [to launch the ship]. So, we all went over. So, she was coming over this side to go and launch the boat. Princess Anne was there as well and Charles. Anyway, she came off the ferry. She was in a big limousine. My Mum was there an’aw and we had all these wee Union Jacks and she was as close as I was to you. But see when [the ship] made its maiden voyage down, the whole of Gavinburn School came out, down Portpatrick Road, and I do not know how that [made it]. It took the whole width of the Clyde and you could actually have went like that and think you could touch it. I’d never saw a ship that size in my life.

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