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Thanks for all this information Norman. We are always hoping for photographs of the interior of the church, so if anyone has any we’d love to see them.
I was organist at St Fillan’s for approximately 18 months in 1962/64 thanks to the support of the retiring organist, Mrs. Jessie Calder before going to study in Glasgow. We had a strong choir with notable personalities and voices from Tayport Operatic Society. I would like to have a photo of the inside of the church if anyone has one. After a lifetime in music, I am now Director of Music at Dundee Congregational Church.
Great to hear they were successful. Thanks Bob.
I was lucky enough to play in that 1964 Wormit team. Wish I could turn back the clock. Really enjoyed my time there and of course we were promoted and had a successful season in the top division.
That’s amazing Jane – thank you. He’s the only person identified here.
Third from right second row: this is very likely my paternal great grandfather, Charles B. Allen, who was involved in Newport Tennis Club. He was my Dad’s grandfather (my Dad – Ken Guttridge). I’ve compared the photo to a family one and I think it’s him.
I first met Stewart when he was at school in my home town of Gateshead, Co. Durham. When his father Tom’s work in Tyneside was finished he moved the family to Newport on Tay and I had many happy days visiting Stewart and his family. I loved Newport so much I eventually got digs with Mrs Montgomery whilst I searched for my own place. Abiding memories. The chip shop in Boat Brae. Best ever red, white and black puddings. The infrequent running of the ferry due to it having to go round a mid-Tay sand bar during bridge building. A Hogmanay spent with Stewart visiting the homes of their many friends in Newport – the custom in those days being that you had to recite a piece of poetry or prose or sing a song to get fed and watered. Ray Pickering Hampshire
Wonderful to read. Such memories recalled of childhood and time. Of innocent laughter like nursery rhyme. Secrets for telling with whispering voice, and a corner shop bursting with freighting choice. Sweets for the buying and lovingly ate, crisps made with Oxo you never forget. Bubble-gum fancies of chocolate and lime. Memories recalled, of childhood and time. A.W.CHISLETT. Stewarts friend.
Lovely memories Aileen. It’s your memories as well as our photographs that help bring these places to life again.
Another character building of OUR times to be lost. Many memories of going to the Post Office, Bains Shop, Frank Smith’s, Henry’s the butcher, the lovely cake shop, Seth’s shop, Carol’s shop, Young’s, the Dairy etc etc (and the smell of the Hardware shop) Sadly, like many other towns and cities, I’m afraid it’s changes, changes, changes and definitely not always for the best ☹️
I really loved our Congregational Church and everything that went on there. Our family pew was the front on on the left upon entering if my memory serves me well, the morning minister was Mr Anderson and his wife was Jean. I loved Sunday School and sitting over at the right hand side till we left to attend. I love being a helper at Scripture Union, singing in the choir, helping at Coffee Mornings sporting my white pinny, and even ringing the Bells. When my family moved down south in 1959, I really missed the Congregational Church and never found another over the years to take its place. Returning on several holidays I would attend Sunday morning service. I still return to Newport occasionally and felt distraught when I first saw that it was no longer there.
Great photo my dad Ronald Reid 2nd on the right and his cousin Colin Adamson next to him far right
I did the disco on a Saturday night mainly from 72 – 74 along with Brian Rodgers, Gordon Hogg and I think Russell Strang. Apologies to any one I’ve missed out. It was split into 45 minute sessions and I did the third one. I played mostly heavier music – Zeppelin, Nazareth, Free etc much to Ian Sloan’s displeasure who thought the more commercial pop songs were the things to play (didn’t bother me) as I played them anyway.
Thanks for this Katie. Were you in the side of the house next to Cupar Road or next to the bowling green? Dr Mackintosh was in the side next to the bowling green.
This has been really interesting to read, as a child I lived in the house on the corner of Scott street. I remember being told as a child that the house used to be a doctors surgery, but it has been difficult to find information on this. So it’s nice that someone else can confirm this for me. Thank you 😊
My parents would not allow me to join the boating club as they thought it would be dangerous. I did, however once go in one of their boats to a sandbank in the middle of the river. My only memory of this was being bitten on all exposed parts by fierce little bugs of some kind.
Super information Kenneth. Thank you.
As I recall tickets were sold on the Newport side and collected in Dundee. Tickets sold on the Dundee side were also collected there so it was possible for a boy to board in Newport sail over to Dundee and back carefully avoiding any expenditure on tickets. The B.L.Nairn was steam powered with a compound steam expansion engine on its back driving the paddles. The engine room was surrounded by windows so these beautiful engines could be observed. quite closely. Early in my youth I had decided to be a marine engineer and I used to watch the engineer at the controls reading a newspaper and nonchalantly completing the required engine movements as required. Not quite the same as deep sea sailing but fascinating to a small boy. Needless to say that the diesel powered ferries did not hold the same interest. As Kipling said ‘Predestination in the stride o’ yon connecting rods’.
One boy is leaning on the sliding doors nearest the camera. These led, post WW2, into the premises of Mr. Pattie where he operated a repair garage for cars. The scouts used a door at the far end from this. Within the scout part of the building the assembly hall was on the ground floor and was a floored over swimming pool. There was also on this level, a gymnasium where we would hang our marquee and other tents to dry, and quite dilapidated kitchens. The Court of Honour room was also on this level. Upstairs the cubs had their meeting room and each patrol had a room of their own. The Owls, the Lions, the Eagles and, latterly, the Wolf Patrol.
I worked there from 1976 till it closed, still have a few photos and many memories! Brian Nish
Thanks for all this Kenneth. In fact Mrs Pattie had her chip shop in the building at the far end of Woodend terrace. You can see this building in the catalogue entry for Eddie Grimes’ workshop!
The shop was at one time a fish and chip shop run by Mrs. Pattie. On friday night after the scouts meeting at Woodhaven we would repair there and have beans and chips at a cost of 7 pence.
Happy memories Ian. Thanks for these.
My late wife, Edna CRAM, and I were married in St. Fillans in November 1959. The marriage was a happy one and lasted for over 50 years until she passed away about 10 years ago. We and our two children moved to Canada in 1967 and never regretted it , but still have great memories of Newport. Edna lived for many years on Linden Avenue and crossed over to Dundee High School by train each day, before the road bridge was built !
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