Old snaps show how we used to live

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A popular pad­dle steamer, an old jail and a train sta­tion are just part of our lat­est trip down mem­ory lane thanks to Re­former reader Wil­lie An­der­son.

A few weeks ago we re­ported that Wil­lie had de­cided to share his mas­sive col­lec­tion of old Ruther­glen pic­tures so others could en­joy them. And, as promised, here is an­other batch of snaps.

One of them de­picts the ‘ Lucy Ash­ton’, a pad­dle steamer that was a com­mon sight on Scot­tish wa­ters dur­ing the first half of the 20th cen­tury.

She was launched in May, 1888 at TB Heath in Ruther­glen be­fore be­ing in­tro­duced for ser­vice on Holy Loch.

Af­ter that, she spent much of her time do­ing the Gare­loch ser­vice from Craigen­do­ran.

The out­break of World War Two gave her ca­reer an un­ex­pected ex­ten­sion when she was the spare boat on the wartime ser­vice Dunoon run.

She was re­tained for peace ser­vice but made her last run in Fe­bru­ary 1949.

Sadly most of these pic­tures did not have dates with them, but they still of­fer a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the Burgh and how life used to be.

For more lo­cal his­tory, turn to our weekly Mem­ory Lane fea­ture on page 32.

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