Shivers at witch­ing tale

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE'S VIEW -

Thanks to this week’s ( Fri 8/ 9/ 17) Ayr­shire Post for two great pho­to­graphs, one of Ayr, the other taken in Prest­wick culled from your ‘ Mem­ory Lane’ ar­chive.

I should think the story of Mag­gie Os­borne, al­leged witch, will send a shiver down the spine of many folks. Shopping in M& S will never be quite the same again…

One in­ter­est­ing ob­ser­va­tion in the pho­to­graph of Prest­wick is the two pedes­tri­ans cross­ing the street from wher­ever they hap­pen to be stand­ing al­though traf­fic is pass­ing. Since your photo a num­ber of pedes­trian cross­ings are now in place on Main Street, yet this prac­tice con­tin­ues to­day.

De­spite putting them­selves at risk and be­ing a po­ten­tial haz­ard to other road users, I sus­pect if one was to en­quire of some pedes­tri­ans, “Why not use the pedes­trian cross­ing?” the an­swer might be, “and what pedes­trian cross­ing would that be, lad­die?”

She asked me if I was a pa­tient of the surgery, and I said no

Her re­ply was, and I quote: ‘ We don’t give out free­bies here.’

So off I hob­bled back to my scooter, she must have seen the pain I was in at the time. On the way home the word ‘ free­bies’ kept flash­ing into my mind.

I had never been re­buked in that man­ner by any­one in all of my adult life. I paid taxes and NHS stamps all my dayus, in­clud­ing be­ing a reg­u­lar in the RAF, a coal miner, and Bri­tish Aero­space un­til re­tire­ment.

I thought when you needed help ask­ing for an item such as a sam­ple bot­tle she would have said yes. The item is ac­tu­ally free and sup­plied free to all med­i­cal cen­tres and surg­eries. So thanks for noth­ing. joined a queue of traf­fic in a bus at Ayr Race­course and it took nearly 40 min­utes to get over the New Bridge!

Nowa­days it could go from Green Street, through the old Ori­ent Cin­ema pre­serv­ing the fa­cade as an ori­en­tal arch in Main Street.

In 1975 along came Strath­clyde Re­gion, a Glas­gow- dom­i­nated coun­cil, who im­me­di­ately aban­doned Ayr’s bridge plan - also sell­ing back the ac­quired prop­er­ties at knock down prices. Need­less to say the Clyde in Glas­gow has since ac­quired a mo­tor­way, bridge, two foot bridges and the road “squinty” and not very much used, as seen on TV.

The re­gion’s roads department also cov­ered over the Wal­lace Stone with tar­mac de­spite protests. It marked with a cob­ble the spot where Wal­lace landed when jump­ing from the Barns of Ayr to which he had set fire as it was be­ing used by the oc­cu­py­ing English sol­diers ( sit­u­ated near 187 High Street).

On a re­cent trip to Ed­in­burgh there are huge road works and fly­over bridges ev­ery­where. Truly we live in for­got­ten Scot­land!

Tall tale Leg­end has it this build­ing be­longed to a witch, and was built in just a day – with help from the Devil

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