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Mon Aug 8 6:54 pm  #6

Re: A Time in Govan

Boxing at Govan Town Hall


Fri Aug 26 1:17 pm  #7

Re: A Time in Govan

Fares Please !!.Book extract from A time in Govan.
A conductress was in a good mood as the tramcar she worked on moved along Govan Road. She issued a ticket to passenger Gordon Dow (21) of Lettoch Street whereupon he immediately threw it on the floor of the tram and ordered the conductress to pick it up.
The conductress refused, so Dow spat in her face. When Dow was leaving the tramcar he pressed up against the ticket machine of the conductress releasing many tickets from the ticket machine.
He then spat on her face again at which point the conductress stopped the tram. A combination of passengers helped detain the spitting passenger until two policemen arrived.
In court Gordon Dow pleaded guilty. He said he had never been as drunk as he was at the time, having attended a wedding.
He apologised to the conductress and said if their was anything he could do to make up he would. Baillie Thompson fined Dow £5 and said
‘These girls must be protected in carrying out their public service`.
In Aitkenhead Road a 22 year old conductress was collecting fares. Neil Judge (44) of Lettoch Street said the fare was too much and an argument ensued. A brawl between the two started and Judge scratched the conductress`s face until it bled. Two passengers jumped on Judge and restrained him until the police arrived.
At Govan Police Court Judge was sent to prison for 10 days after apologising saying he was worse for wear with drink.
Alex.James (53) who was drunk, got on the wrong bus at Govan Cross. The journey started and on asking for the fare James and the conductress realised he was on the wrong bus. The conductress said he would have to go back to the terminus and get on the correct bus. An argument ensued and a lot of bad language from James was forthcoming. The bus driver on arriving at the Hillington terminus summoned the police. At Govan Police Court Baillie Carruthers said his behaviour was disgusting and fined James £2 with an option of 20 days in prison.
Catherine Davis (18) was a bus conductress. As her bus approached the next bus stop, she noticed that three young ladies were waiting to board along with other passenegers. Her heart sank; these particular three had caused trouble on the bus on previous occasions. She asked the three not to board but they ignored her and got on board.
The conductress refused to take the fare of the three young ladies. They sat three to a seat, had a sing song and annoyed other passengers. Catherine tried to reason with them but without success and an argument ensued.
The conductress had had enough and took off her ticket machine and launched into the three young ladies.
At Govan Police Court Catherine Davis was in the dock accused of assault. Baillie Joseph Vallance weighed up the evidence and recorded a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict. A counter charge against the three young ladies for breach of the peace was also dismissed.David Posts: 689Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:02 pm



Mon Sep 26 6:18 pm  #8

Re: A Time in Govan

Horse loving 'fitba fan:
Peter Marshall was a Rangers fan with a love for horses. While he was waiting in the queue to enter the Rangers v Motherwell match he saw a policeman sitting on a horse. He went over to the horse put his arms around its neck and started kissing the animal. Other fans had great difficulty in getting him to let go. Eventually a few other policemen arrived and asked Marshall to go away. He challenged them all to a fight before he was arrested. At Govan Police Court Fiscal W.Grindlay said  ’It is unusual for anyone to want to kiss a horse. He was drunk !’ Peter Marshall was fined £1.


Sun Oct 16 8:03 pm  #9

Re: A Time in Govan

There is a lot on the news these days about Clowns being scary. Not always the case as Clowns have brought a great deal of joy to children over many decades.
An extract from A Time in Govan. One of the principle characters in the book is a pawnbroker who helps out the Clowns at Kelvin Hall during the Christmas/New Year period. It is appropriate that they turn up for his wedding in Govan.

John is standing outside St.Mary’s Church at Govan Cross. It is his wedding day and there is a large crowd of wedding guests and well wishers in attendance. The service is now less than half an hour away and Abe is having a laugh with many of the guests and in top form with his wit. John has never seen Abe dress so smartly for anything and he looks the part in his suit.
Suddenly, there is noise from beyond the Pearce Institute. John’s mother Marie had promised John he would have a few surprises; he recognises the sounds immediately. It is the noise of the clowns band who are leading a small procession down Govan Road. Appropriately, the small clowns car follows with the clowns waving to all the children who wave back cheerily. A large number of children scheduled to go into the Plaza ABC minors have just been told the show has, for the first time ever, been delayed by a half hour.
The tall men on stilts come along and Govan Cross comes to a virtual standstill. The police are able to keep the transport moving and keep the wedding guests away from harm. The scene is one of colour and happiness and the clowns are keeping everyone amused with juggling and acrobatics. A few lucky, smaller children are given a ride on the clowns car. Ruth is there and wishes John well saying how lucky he is to be having such a smashing bride as Sandra.
John and the wedding guests are summoned into the church by the minister, the organ plays and the guests take their seats. John and his best man Abe go to the front and the respective families are adjacent and behind. The Church is packed as both families have many friends and relatives. The clowns are respectful and go to the gallery and stay circumspect.
Sandra arrives and gets out the car. All the wumin in the crowd outside say how beautiful she looks and what a lovely veil, dress, shoes and pretty young bridesmaids. It was the perfect day; sunny and joyous.


Wed Dec 21 3:28 pm  #10

Re: A Time in Govan

Govan High had a number of good teachers. However, to Derek one teacher was head and shoulders above the rest. He was not totally popular with all pupils but no teacher at Govan High ever was.
     Derek was suddenly starting to enjoy a few lessons at Govan High. One teacher in particular, Mr.Barry Landman, was firing his imagination. Mr.Landman taught English Literature. He had never given anyone the strap in his entire teaching career it was said. The first books ’Lost in the Highlands’ and ’The Tay Bridge disaster’  Derek read ardently and was able to answer all the questions asked on the books without hesitation. Mr. Landman explained the meaning of the books read. One particular book about an everyday man Mr.Potter and his family was dull and very slow moving; a fact brought up by the entire class.
    Mr. Landman said ’ Living in Govan , life is fast moving for you all. Something, good or bad, always seems to be happening. This book brings you back to what life is like for most people. They live a normal life where they go out to work; come home to the family and participate in a genteel  existence’.  To many in the class they could identify with what he said. Fights between two drunks coming out of a pub on Govan Road was not uncommon. Huge migration of workers to and from shipyards along Govan Road. A huge population of over 100,000 packed into a relatively small area with poor housing a key issue. For the first time in his life Derek  thought ’Things were probably better elsewhere’.   
    Winter time at Govan High Bella was miserable. The lighting was on but the illumination was non existent. Cold weather made snow inevitable and a deep layer covered the footpaths all the way from home to school and back again. On the second day of snow Derek and several others struggled through the snow. Unfortunately, the conditions were such that he and a number of others were around 10 minutes late.
    The entrance to the school was at the Cessnock end of the school on Paisley Road West . Derek was in a group and was relieved to see that Mr.Neil was not around. As the small group approached the door out stepped Mr.Bud Neil and told the group to go round the building to his office.  As the group waited in the corridor to visit Mr.Neil one at a time a number complained how unfair the situation was. The queue moved down. A few boys came out wringing and blowing their hand from the one whack of the strap.
    The girls came out and made no comment. As a tall girl entered the room before Derek  the door did not close properly and swung ajar. Derek heard Mr. Neil say ’ Now Fiona, you know you must get here on time; there is no excuse for lateness. I will not punish you this time but beware !’
Derek thought perhaps he may be excused the strap. Fiona left and it was Derek’s turn to face Bud Neil. No words were spoken apart from ’Hold out your hand’. With the cold weather the pain from the strap seemed to register almost at maximum level on the pain levels. Clearly Bud Neil was using his new issue strap to the maximum effect.
     If the whack from the strap produced unwanted heat and pain the same could not be said for the heating system at Govan High Bella. The whole school always seemed to be cold. As the pupils looked out the windows they could see the snow drifting downwards to the ground. The playground was like an ice rink.  Derek and many of the other pupils did not look forward to the return trips home. Once home Derek would quickly get the fire alight and even the gas fires in the two bedrooms were lit to provide additional heat. Robbie said when he came home ’ It is hellish in the yards during this cauld weather’.   
     A Mossend steelworker James McCluskey was not happy. He wanted to see the Rector of the Bellshill Academy School. His son Jim (12) had received some punishment at school getting  a minimum of ‘ten o’ the best’ of the strap. His son had fainted in the corridor afterwards and had to be treated in the    ambulance room.  Jim had been caught reading a newspaper during a science lesson.  Mr.McCluskey took his son to Bellshill Police Station and lodged a complaint against the school. Mr.Martin the School Rector said the teacher has been spoken to. ‘He says he only gave three. The pupil drew his hand away on possibly three other occasions’. 
The police agreed to investigate the complaint.


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