Memories from days gone by
Dear Editor, Speaking to an old lady in Ramsay Street, on the right hand side, she said the open Burn of Alligan ran past her front door where she recalled women with long washing boards, on which they knelt and did their washing.
Many years past and workman uncovered, lower down the street opposite the Pretoria, a whole treetrunk hollowed or burnt inside.
These would have served as pipes to carry the water over at West High Street.
The years marched on and my boss called me up to his office and led me into the boardroom.
He laid out on the massive table, the title deeds for the property opposite -now called the Kukri Restaurant.
He drew my attention to an entry in the deeds giving the owner fishing rights. Periodically, the cellar beneath the property flooded. When I was a message boy, in Miller’s the grocer’s, Comrie Street, which also flooded, one of my duties was to operate a hand pump - but Mrs Miller had no idea of the quantity underneath. I was 10-years-old. I heard much later that an electric pump had been installed. Billy, Tay Place