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Absolutely fascinated by the painting of Gas Lane. My father, Henry McLaren, was born in the cottage on the left in 1913. He moved to Bristol in 1937. We would spend our summer holidays there, in Newport, my parents myself and my two elder brothers, with my grandmother and aunt. Beyond the cottage, towards the old pier was a blacksmiths, and I remember seeing horses being shoed there. There was also a council yard, which housed a steam roller. Great memories!
My father was born in the house on the left in 1913. My father moved to Bristol in 1937, but we used to spend our summer holidays there (my parents and my two elder brothers). There was a blacksmiths beyond the house, and I remember horses being fitted with new shoes there. We used to play on the old pier, beyond the smithy. There was also a council yard there, which housed a steam roller.
Me again, front row second from left! Spooky.
That’s me second from the left, front row. Brian Wighton
I was born here in 1967. From there it was back to Glenrothes and on with life, mostly outside Fife. I’ve been writing “Newport on Tay” as my place of birth all my life but have only returned once, on the day of my 50th birthday. I used to joke I’d return to the old folks home and complete the circle, obviously that doesn’t work anymore.
My father James Johnstone
(son of James Johnstone https://www.newportontayhistory.org.uk/catalogue_item/james-johnstones-bus-1920s )
worked as mechanic at J T Young in the 1930’s prior to joining the army and I think also after he returned for a period in the 40’s.
This is my grandfather. I believe he was also a blacksmith in Tayport at this time.
The building was used during the 1980’s as the office for Doug Drysdale’s insurance business until his untimely death in 1985.
I remember meeting John when I lived in the Gauldry. His distinctive old green car used to be parked outside the house.
Catherine Reid of 38 Fintry Crescent, Dundee was chosen as Miss Tay Road Bridge on Thursday August 18, 1966 during the official royal opening of the Tay Road Bridge by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Catherine was judged by a prominent panel of judges at this one-time royal event and it was reported in the Dundee Courier with Catherine wearing a white bathing suit and blue sash.
thats me out front with the blond hair ! – David Thorne, P2, Mrs Aitkens class i guess – others are Depo, Michael Allen (red hair), Stephen white …. loved the sports days in windmill park. thanks for posting Julian!
Blown away by hearing the background to these local properties after passing by them for so many years. So interesting.
I was born at netherlea on 3 August 1960, followed by my sister margaret 1961 and brother George 1965. Always felt proud to say I was born in newport on tay.
It is lovely to see pictures of where I was born. I was born there in 1957, have visited once since then, so sad it is no longer there, proud to have been born there.
My great-grandfather was Robert Chalmers. His son William Chalmers, my grandfather continued to run the branch of the business in Calcutta after James his elder brother was killed in the Dardanelles. My father William Dieudonne Chalmers was born in Calcutta. We have family photos from the early 1900’s placed at Rhufaada. I’ve only recently investigated where it is. Thanks for the photos.
Long after the shop was closed, it still displayed a faded sign advertising the soft drinks of Robertson Fruit Products Ltd of which my father had been Managing Director.
Dr Macintosh attended to my brother & me at home in ‘Winning Brae’ during childhood illnesses such measles, chickenpox and my whooping cough. I had also been taken to his surgery for an injection of some kind [not against smallpox for which I’d been immunised at an early age] making a great fuss.
Thank you so much Richard. I am emailing you separately.
The peaked cap worn by Cubs as part of uniform was not of the same shape as an ordinary schoolboy cap, being distinctly shallower. It was dark green with yellow piping.
TS [Tom] Halliday, Head of Art at High School in Dundee lived at 9 Hill Crescent, Wormit. He was CO of School CCF. As talented sculptor he was working on the plasticine model of a Cub before the model was cast in metal. Aware that I was in Scouts besides being in CCF, I arranged for Cub Kenneth Morrison[not the future Queen’s Scout of same name] to be taken by me to Halliday’s house one Saturday so that he could get the shape of the Cub Cap right together with uniform details.
I recently purchased a ww1 album containing images of the Scots Guards in the trenches in 1916. One image is of David Halyburton Brand. I am happy to share if you re interested. I notice that someone called Ava made the poppy for David and therefore she might be interested to see a picture of the man. Kind regards, Richard
From Sunday School I & my peers in teens progressed to Bible Class which met after the Sunday evening service which I can’t recall ever attending. By way of preparation for membership, study was focussed on salient books of The New Testament, mostly conducted by Rev Wm Paterson when the class members were made to read aloud in turn. On occasions when the class was conducted by William Smith, I welcomed his approach as did others I knew well eg fellow-Scouts, fellow-classmates & girls of our acquaintance. I still have the certificate dated 23rd April 1953 signed by Rev William Paterson BSc to record my having been admitted to full membership and The Lord’s Supper.
Between quitting the Mars Sheds and the move to Kinbrae Park followed by the new premises at Waterston Crook, Scouts met in a hut on the then waste ground opposite West Newport Station.
West Newport Station lay only a hurried run from our detached house ‘Winning Brae’ whose Back Gate overlooked the railway line. It became familiar due to travelling to/from the High School in Dundee for 10 years. During wartime, station staff were female, not averse to allowing me into the Booking Office & its roaring fire, its door left ajar to heat the Waiting Room.
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