Rock and Roll
Rock and Roll
Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
The local Picture Halls in Scotland were never open on a Sunday. It was the same with the pubs in Blantyre. They never opened on a Sunday, but if you walked over the suspension bridge over the Clyde and into Bothwell, a distance of 2 miles, you could go into the Bothwell Hotel and sign in your name as a bona fide traveler. You could then go into their bar and drink to your heart’s content. It was the same all over. The people from Hamilton would drink in Burnbank, Burnbank people would drink in Blantyre, Blantyre would drink in Bothwell. In other words as long as you were at least 2 miles from your home you could pass yourselves off as a traveler and you could go to any Hotel that had a drinking license for a Sunday and drink away till closing time. So you can imagine how full the hotel bars got on a Sunday.
Of course for the youths, the drinking was O.K but we wanted a bit of dancing and cuddling thrown in, so we used to hire a bus every Sunday evening and a crowd of us men and women, boys and girls who ever felt like going would motor over to Bathgate, we would then make for the nearest hotel sign in as travelers, have a few pints and then nip around the corner to the dancing. Of course all of the people attending or most of them were travelers from around a 50 mile area and were all strangers to each other (until the next week ) so a great time was had by all.
This is the early 50’s I am talking about, Rock and Roll was all the rage, and most were just starting to learn all of the shakes and twists associated with that style of dance, so everyone was dead keen to learn, which was all part of the fun. IT WAS A BLAST!!. The 50’s and you were single. It was a great time to grow up with Elvis and the Beatles
Continuing the conversation between Thomas Dunsmuir Hartman in Chicago (known as TDH or Drapadew) and originally from Logan Street, Blantyre and Margaret in Queensland Australia on TalkingScot.
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