Under the Bridge

Ribbons for your hair

Carol Mackenzie

There was a wee Co-operative and there was a fish mongers and you would go to the Co-operative and it had old fashioned drawers, wooden drawers with glass panels at the front and they would pull them out and you used to go there and buy ribbons for your hair, because I had long hair and you’d buy ribbons for your hair for school. And you would get your school uniform and that’s where you got your school uniform for Gavinburn. It was like a tie and different things if you bought stuff for school. This was mainly the seventies I would say. And at the corner there was fishmongers with a window but now it’s a flat. And the Co-operative is a flat. There was a hairdresser’s there which is now still a hairdresser’s. It’s changed hands a few times but that was there as well it’s still there.

Lazzerini’s

Carol Mackenzie

I went in to Lazzerini’s as it was. They had good ice cream. My friend she always used to get sent on a Sunday for her Mum. She stayed on Dalnottar Hill Road and she would come through the Glen to get ice cream on a Sunday and then she would go back up. I did go in when I was younger, when I was wee, and then when I didn’t live in the village but I used to come and visit my friends, we’d come down and we’d go into the café. It was old fashioned style booths. You’d go in and on the left-hand side were all the booths, red booths, with the counter at the right hand side. And you would buy things and meet your friends in there.

The chapel

Steve Woods

I was in my late teens, 17 or 18, when they started digging the foundations of the bridge. I don’t clearly remember the early part of the construction... except my parents were quite excited because the Chapel had been able to sell some ground that they had. The Catholic Church in those days was a wooden hut, and they were quite excited because the selling of some ground for the construction of the bridge enabled them to start a building fund which resulted some years later when they had enough money to build a proper church.

Post office funded by Davie Graham

Eddie McDade

It was different times because there was odd occasions when things would happen. Our post office being small wasn’t self-sufficient in money and we would have it delivered by a security company, whereas the big ones like Clydebank – all the shops pay in to them and they’ve got money all the time.

And occasionally things would happen – the van wouldn’t turn up on time or whatever and I had seen going out and going up to Davie Graham’s and saying: “can you lend me three or four hundred quid and I will give it back to you when the van comes” and they would just unhesitatingly say: “there you are, Eddie”, [they would] just give you three or four hundred quid. It was quite a lot of money just to hand out to somebody. But they all knew me and they knew I wasn’t going to scoodle off with it or anything like that.

Post office hold up

Eddie McDade

We were held up... I got a certificate from the Post Office for my bravery – for hiding behind the counter! A guy with a gun and a guy with a knife come in and tried to rob us. What happened was they come out and run up the glen, and one of our customers who didn’t live in the village, at that time he had a four-wheeled drive Jeep which was a rarity at that time – he’d seen them coming running out with boiler suits on and he thought “what are they doing?” And when they ran up, he slowly followed them up and he seen them getting into a parked car up Glen Road – there was another guy waiting in a car up Glen Road with a mobile phone which was a rarity in those days as well – and he phoned the police. They got the car over where Dalnottar House used to be – they parked it in there. And another lady, she was standing dusting at the windows she seen these three guys getting out and taking their clothes off – they were taking their boiler suits off, and she though “oh”. They left the car and just went away. And a minute later there was police everywhere, so she went out and says: “ooh what’s happened?” It was the talk of the village for a long time after that. It was an experience; but it doesn’t seem to have affected me; I mean the guy who pointed the gun – I found out later on it was loaded – it was a real gun. But he didn’t even get to say 'hand over the money' because when I saw it, I grabbed Elsie and got her on the floor.

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