I lived in Old Monkland as a child,
and I know most of the people listed
in Bob Cameron's History of the
, I attended Old
Monkland Public School before the
second World War and I wonder if
John Cameron, one of my early
friends and a farmers son, is
related to Bob.
The Cameron Farm was just up the end of Manse Avenue, my address then was 6A Manse Ave and I was the twin son of Sam Marrs, and we lived above the Johnsons, across from the Blairs and on the opposite stairs lived the Bruce family. Their son was my classmate, and Ian Lonsdale was also a childhood friend.
After I completed my National Service after service in the Suez Canal Zone during the Emergency of 1951-1954 in 1954 I emigrated to Canada, where I live now.I was wondering if it was possible to get in touch with Bob Cameron, since his Monklands History brought back a ton of memories. I have kept touch with one or two high school friends. but have found that a number have passed away.
My twin brother Jim Marrs is in a
home in Glasgow but we keep in
touch. Both Miss Littlejohn, and
Miss Wilkie, I knew very well, also
Miss Hodge, and Miss Crozier. I knew
Miss Stark and her son behind the
small swing park in Manse Ave. The
minister daughter Elsbeth Anderson
was in my class at school. I also
with my brother, attended the
picnics in the field between the
manse and the Old Monkland Cemetery
and I also knew Moira MacGregor and
her sister who lived in the house
next to Miss Littlejohns.
Ron Barrie was a friend as well as Frank Hailstones who passed away recently, and David Rankin, also Alex Fleming and Graham Brown, and his brother Robin who lived in Marshal Terrace, John Rammage, John Bambridge, and Buff Weir, as well as Donald Bain (a Cop ) who lived on Highcross Ave as well as Norman and Ian Gilmore.
Willie Campbell who lived opposite the Old Monkland Church and Jim and Alex Craig and Ian Dunsmore. Jimmy Young from Highcross Ave now lives in Cheshire, England and I keep in touch with he and his wife also from Highcross Ave.
I can also remember the Milnes from Manse Ave especially Addy Milne, and Ian Lonsdale, and Jean Much, who I believe became a nurse. My aunt is Mrs Bradshaw and she lived in Gartsherrie, on AuldHame St Her brother in law was the Bradshaw of Football fame.
Would appreciate getting a phone number, and your website is wonderful, and perhaps you can get in touch with Bob Cameron for me. and give him my best. Thanks for the history lesson I felt as if I was back in Old Monkland again.
Cheers, Aye, John Marrs.
PS From 1949 until 1952, I worked in the Office of Stewarts and Lloyds, Calder Hot Roll Office. I notice that you have Murray and Patterson and RB Tennants, but no Calder Hot Roll. I live in Canada and have done so since the 50's, it would be nice to include the CHR in your wonderful website
Calder Hot Roll
Can anyone help John with an item on Calder Hot Roll??
John has since been in touch with Bob Cameron and has also written a short article on his memories from Calder Hot Roll