Shivers at witching tale
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