Living Memories

The Disbandment of the Cameronians -

Many people remember this event from the 60’s when the TV Camera’s came to Douglas, they were down near Castle Dangerous, and the school’s were closed for the day.

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Doctor Gardener Tournament -

Three people remembered in 1982, primary 7 at Douglas primary were in the final of this tournament, the whole school watched. Sadly they lost but Andrew Easton won the player of the match and he still has the trophy.

The Flooding of Douglas 13th August 1966 -

Hollie’s papa (James Frame) remembered when all the bridges in Douglas, Douglas West and Glespin flooded, and the whole Douglas valley was covered with water.

The Ponds Freezing over in the mid 80’s -

David Pollock remembered going on the ice with his friends and having great fun on his bike near Castle Dangerous.

Gala Day for the First Time -

Sybil Caddell, remembers waking up to bagpipes one morning, then she saw four teletubbies shooting each other with water pistols! When she got outside she realised it was Gala Day.

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Mining -

Kieran’s papa (William Lees) remembers winning a safety and first aid award when he was 17, for mining for 3 years with out an accident, the mines were cold and dark, and he earned £9 a week. Cherylann’s Great Grandpa was killed at the age of 35 when a mine collapsed on top off him in the 1930’s.

Milk Bar

Rebecca’s gran Kathryn remembers a milk bar where you could play 3 tunes on a jukebox for a shilling (5p). It was a great place for all the young people aged 13 -16. This was from 1959 to 1966.

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Mrs Mary Gardiner –

This lady lived in Douglas for 75 years, she was interviewed by Katie, when she was 7 she lived in a house with 2 rooms and an outside toilet, she also remembered Learie the lamplighter who lit the gas lamps in the street. During the 2nd World War, she remembers the blackouts, the blitz, evacuees from Glasgow and looking after and feeding the polish soldiers.

Karen Chapman -

This lady remembers being thrown out of the brownies. While she was doing her promise, her pal and herself jagged other brownies on the bum with their poppies!