Armadale in old picture postcards

Armadale in old picture postcards

Author
:   William F. Hendrie
Municipality
:   Armadale
Province
:   Lothian, West
Country
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-1155-3
Pages
:   80
Price
:   EUR 16.95 Including VAT *

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29 The tall chimneys afthe West Lothian Steel Foundry and its neighbaur, the Atlas Steel Foundry, which were landmarks far miles around, are seen in this I920s photograph. The buildings of the former are in the fareground and those of the Atlas Works are in the background.

30 While the heavy industry of the steel works and pits provided employment for the Armadale men, many of their wives found jobs in the loeal textile industries. This rare interiar view shows the employees of the Armadale Hosiery. Among its workers were Betty Bissett, who is believed to be the lady looking over her shoulder towards the photographer, Jean Baxter, Lizzie Smillie, Mrs. KeHy, whose maiden name was Flanagan, and Mrs. Traynor.

3 1 In their spare time many Armadale men enjoyed practising and performing with Armadale Silver Band. In the back row members of the band included the two Pedens, Robert Lawson, Donald Fullerton and Neil Clerk, with in the middle row Alex Rodger, Willie Carlaw, [ohn Sword, Alex Carlaw, Donaid Torrie, Robert Rodger, John Wallace, William Ferrier and George Black; and in the front the players include [ohn MacDonald, Jimmy Kerr, [ohn Fullarton, who was conductor; [ohn Hay, Alec Yuill and Robert Watson.

32 This photograph of the Armadale Silver Band was taken in 1 937, two years before the start of the Second World War. Those in the photograph inclnde ]ohnny Banks, Jimmy Grace, ]immy Edwards and ]immy Davidson.

33 As weil as parading through the streets of the town the Armadale Silver Band of ten gave concerts on summer Sunday afternoons and weekday evenings, playing in the Victorian wrought iron bands tand in the jarnes Wood Park. The park was given to the people of the town by the weil-known local colliery owner.

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34 Of all the leisure pursuits, however, in Armadale, foorball has always been king, since the first team was founded in the town in 1879. This photograph shows the Armadale football team of

1 923. Amongst those in the picture in the back row are linesman]. Edwards with his flat cap and his flag at the ready, assistant trainer D. Stein, playersThomson, Fleming, Short the goalkeeper, Cuilen, Reid, Hunter and trainer Carlaw; with in the front line players Speirs, Muir, Beattie, Reid and McGregor. Notice the heavy boots and football all made of stout leather, the neckline of the strips and the long shorts.

35 An even earlier photograph shows the players of the Armadale Football Club before the First World War in 191 2. The back row, from left to right, consists ofWilliam Harris, William Borwn and [ohn Ballantyne, with in the middle row trainer [ohn Ross with his towel over his shoulder, Samuel Chambers, [ohn Rankine and [ohn Blair; in front Robert Hendry, [ames Roberts, William Ienkins, Alex Menzies and Iohn Johnstone.

36 This picture postcard shows the steeply tiered wooden grands tand at Armadale Football Ground with the enelosure in front of it. On match days they were crowded with enthusiastic fans, record gates of 6,000 against elfde and 7,000 against Hibs being recorded in the years immediately after the First World War. In later decades supporters were equally enthusiastic when the tewn's junior club played local derby matches against neighbouring rivals Bathgate and Whitburn. linlithgow Rose and Bo'ness United were also always looked upon as formidable local opponents. Other popular sports in Armadale included greyhound racing

and speedway racing. which still flourishes at the local stadium on the south side of East Main Street.

37 Football was bred in the blood in Armadale and the young players in the Public School's team enjoyed a particularly succes sf ul season in

1 92 1 . Here the boys of that year's Qualifying Class are seen posing with their Headmaster and class teachers alongside the trophies which they had won. The strang male presence on the staff of the tewn's primary school contrasts with the situation nowadays, when the head and all the staff are almost always all women. The picture was taken outside the school sheds, where pupils had to shelter on wet, windy winter mornings, until summoned into class by the nine 0' clock bell. Perhaps it was this na

nonsense approach to upbringing, which helped produce sa many tough younger footballers amongst the school's enthusiastic pupils.

38 In March 1928 the Arrnadale Public School footballers were the proud winners of the much prized Menzies Cup. After the photograph was taken their Headmaster filled the cup with lemonade so that his lads could truly savour the sweet taste of success and the boys were pleased to discover this softer side to his nature than that which he usually showed when they were called to his room to be disciplined with strokes of the tawse, the instrument of punishment described in the caption to the next picture.

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