Thank you to Bryan
Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland, for sending me the
photograph above, of his parents' shop at 119 Piersfield Terrace.
"Here is a photo of the shop that my
parents owned at 119 Piersfield Terrace.
We lived in the back room of the shop
for two or three years. We didnít have the luxury of a bath Ė just
one big room with a toilet in a cupboard at the back, with iron
bars on the one window."
"Surprisingly, the shop is still
there. It is now a smallish newsagent and general food shop
Ė even although there is a big Morrisons right across the road.
I went in a few months ago and found
it was immaculate and, although much changed, the front interior
was still recognisable from 60 years ago. The young, friendly
Asian chap serving could hardly believe that I lived in the back
room which is now just used as a store Ė although he told me the
toilet is still in the corner and the iron bars are still on the
"The mainstay of the shop was selling
cigarettes and sweeties to patrons of the Carlton picture house
directly opposite. Itís a pity the signs in the window
arenít clearer, other than:
- Gold Flake
- Hornimans Tea
- Oxydol soap powder
- Benedict Peas.
We moved away towards the end of 1948."
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland: October 11,