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Evening Times - - CITY CENTRE -

DO you re­mem­ber build­ing bo­gies and sledges to ca­reer down pave­ments and grassy hills? Did you play peever and build dens, or put on shows in the back courts to en­ter­tain the neigh­bours?

Street games and songs used to fill ev­ery cor­ner of ev­ery com­mu­nity of Glas­gow in days gone by.

Reg­u­lar Times Past read­ers of­ten share mem­o­ries of their favourites and it’s a com­mon theme at our reg­u­lar li­brary drop-in events, Thanks for the Mem­o­ries, which are cur­rently on hold due to the coro­n­avirus cri­sis.

Our photo ar­chives have cap­tured chil­dren at play in the city over the decades, from these young hu­la­hoop­ers at Adel­phi Street School in 1976 and round­about fans in Gartham­lock in 1981 to young peo­ple learn­ing the skil­ful art of peever from lo­cal pen­sion­ers, at St Ig­na­tious


Per­haps you played footie in the street, or tried your hand at skip­ping or elas­tics – did you go to a lo­cal park to sail boats or climb trees?

Maybe you were a braver soul and played chap­pie round your neigh­bours’ houses – tak­ing great care to run fast so you did not get caught? We’d love to hear your mem­o­ries and see your pho­tos of go­ing out to play in the city. What are your favourite child­hood mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Glas­gow?

Let us know and you could fea­ture in Times Past. Email ann.fother­ing­ham@glas­gow­ or write to Ann Fother­ing­ham, Glas­gow Times, c/o The Print Cen­tre, 125 Fullar­ton Drive, Cam­bus­lang, Glas­gow G32 8FG.

Young­sters from St Ig­natius Pri­mary play Peever, main pic­ture; round­about fans in Gartham­lock, left; chil­dren try their hand at fish­ing, right; while hu­la­hoop­ers gave it their all in 1976, inset HERE at the Glas­gow Times, we know the tales of or­di­nary peo­ple paint a pic­ture of what life was re­ally like for the men, women and chil­dren of the city over the decades. We want to hear them, for our great new Times Past se­ries, All Our Yesterdays. Each week, we will cover a theme con­nected to Glas­gow’s ‘good old days’ – it could be the parks and gar-dens, trans­port, dance halls and cinemas, or some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

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