Carnoustie in old picture postcards volume 1

Carnoustie in old picture postcards volume 1

:   Annie L. Thompson
:   Angus
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-1146-1
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54 Many Carnoustie homeowners who let out part or all of their houses to summer visitors had their own postcards made by a photographer. The family from Caenlochan who stayed in 1 907 in this villa near Barry Golf Club were happy to send this card to show a friend in Edinburgh their holiday home. They described it as lovely, and said they were enjoying themselves up to the mark.

The little shop, open only during the summer months, was the official post office for Barry Camp. As well as handling the military's mail, it supplied sweets and postcards to themen.

55 Political correctness was unknown whenin 1907 Gilbert Payne called his concert party the White Coons. The lady is Mrs. Gilbert Payne, formerly Patty Melville, singing star of Herbert Claremont's Merry Mascots. Gilbert Payne's troupe were regulars at Carnoustie far sixteen years, perfarming in the open air. He offered to advance the money to build a permanent theatre, to be repaid by the Town Council over the years, but this was refused. His slogan was 'No pleasure without Payne'. Although this card was addressed to Miss Laura Ruxton in Arbroath 'from your liveing frend Evy' , it has neither stamp nor postmark. Perhaps Evy wrote anather card with improved spelling.

Mr. Gilbert Payne's White Coons, Carnoustie. 19J7.

56 'After years ofPayne, it's a time of Bliss' was the cheeky slogan of the Busy Bees, featuring Leo Bliss, his wife Dorothy Lloyd, comic Jack Hopner, whistler Percy West, and Ina Harris, George Norton, Harry Millan and Ethel Chapman. Real name Leo Amerghini, he brought his troupe to Carnoustie each year from 1 91 6 until his death in [anuary 1924, at the age of 40. He caught a cold as a result of playing golf in a shower of sleet, but insisted on going on stage in Manchester where he was appearing in pantomime. His cold became a fatal pneumonia. Leo had liked Carnoustie sa much he named his home in Manchester Carnoustie Villa.

The Busy Bees returned to Carnoustie in May 1924 under the direction of Leo's widow, Dorothy, who continued the vislts for many years.

57 In this trick photograph Leo Bliss is bath men in the foreground. The open air stage is lit with oillamps. This photograph was taken by the author's grandfather, Robert Luke, who produced a number of publicity postcards for the Busy Bees. The troupe uniform of striped blazers and white dresses was changed in 1924 when Dorothy Lloyd revived the old black and white pierrot costumes. The troupe later left the beach to stage their performances in the less exposed Wilsoa's Park, beside the Nineteenth Hole Inn in Kinloch Street. The open-air theatre there was called Cosy Corner.

58 The First World War marked the end of an era. Carnoustie, the town of happy family holidays and leisured golf, was suddenly very aware of the war, as train-loads of troops arrived at Barry for military training which was now very serious indeed. In this picture, taken a Barry Camp. The sheds in the foreground are where the men did their ablutions. The card was sent to his grandmother byTommyWilson, a young member of the Royal Engineers' Edinburgh University Training Corps. One wonders howTommy fared in the years that followed.

Artillery entering Barry Camp.

59 The first Victoria Cross of the Great War was awarded to Carnoustie man George ]arvis, the Sapper son of Carnoustie Public School's [anitor. Under heavy enemy fire he blew up a bridge at [enappes, stopping a German advance. The other Carnoustie VC, George Samson, RNVR, gave this photograph to his former schoolmaster, john Strachan. Wounded seventeen times while carrying injured men to safety during the Gallipolli landing, Samson never fully recovered. He died of TB in the Bahamas in 192 3, aged 32, and is buried there in a military cemetery. George ]arvis survived the war and later had some success as a movie actor, recreating for the

cameras his bridge-demolishing exploit in a film which was shown all round Britain.

60 After the boom years of the war, the heavy engineering industry suffered a slump. Wages were cut and overtime was stopped. This led in 192 2 to the nationwide strike by the Amalgamated Engineering Union, which dosed Carnoustie's'Iayrnouth Engineering Works from March to Iune. Here the striking workers and their families pose outside 18 High Street, now a cyde shop, but then Mrs. Clarkson's antique shop, which appears to have supplied some of the headgear. The strikers look happy, but in the end they were forced to accept their employers' terms and had their pay reduced. [arnes Jolly, whose name ap-

pears at the lower lefi-hand corner of this picture, had a confectionery and tobacco shop at 71 High Street, Carnoustie.

61 Ofthe more than 1,000 Carnoustie men who fought in the First World War, 142 died. The War Memorial, built on land donated by Provost George Winter, was designed by architects Bruce & Morton and dedicated on Armistice Day 1 92 6. The statue, intend ed to represent the Unknown Soldier, is the work of sculptor Thomas Beattie. The model was local man Charles Crawford, of the Seaforth Highlanders, who after the war worked as a plumber in Carnoustie. The rectangular plaques bear the names of the 142 dead.A further plaque was added in the late 1940s

to the front of the raised flower bed, recording the

much smaller number of Second World War casualties.

62 This 1920s view of the beach shows people picnicking and sun-bathing among the sand dunes and marram grass which once lay between the links and the share. Same have hired deck chairs with sun canopies. Encroachment by the tide in recent years has lead to the dunes being replaced by a sea wall with a footpath along it. Crowded beach scenes like this were normal each day throughout the summer until about thirty years ago. Since then cheap air tra vel and easy access to the guaranteed sunshine ofSpain, Portugal and Florida has made the Carnoustie beach family holiday a thing of the past. Today's visitors are more

likely to be travellers stopping off for a day while touring.

63 Walking in and around Carnoustie was always a popular pas time with visitors and locals alike. This section of Camus Street has nowadays reverted to its old name of West Path, but it still looks much the same. The cottages, built about 1840, had to be of specified length and width and were situated at least four feet from the roadway. The walls surrounding them had to be not more than six feet in height. The walls seen here, like most in Carnoustie, are constructed of' sea bools', round stones dug out of the sands. Several ofthe tewn's oldest houses are also constructed in whole or in part from these round stones. Beyond can be seen Agra

Bank, a Georgian mansion built by Dundee ship-owner [ohn Borrie; it is nowadays the Morven Hotel.

Cam u Street. Carnousti e

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