Milk Bottle Tops
remember what it was like
as a child growing up during the War
on people's doors and collecting milk bottle tops with my pal Hugh
McGarry of Polton Road (I cannot remember whether that came
under Lasswade or Bonnyrigg) and handing them in to the local
Both of us got into the Pictures that
day for free. The picture was the one where "Lon Chaney" walks
into an electricity pylon, but I cannot remember the name of the
Hugh and I were absolutely terrified as
we were both far too young at the time to have been allowed into an
Adult sort of film. My Mum was furious and told the Provost off for
letting "her wee boy" see such a film. I don't ever remember
seeing another showing of that film.
explain about the Provost and the free pass that day, the then
Provost owned both the Regal Picture House in Bonnyrigg and the
Ballroom which was upstairs and where, years later I had many a good
smooch with some of the local lasses, especially when I was home on
leave from the Army.
This was when I was stationed in either
England or Germany, I had a steady girl at one time but it didn't
last long as she decided that her career as a nurse was more
important than marriage. But She did wait until I came home on
my next leave before she told me, not like some of my pals in the
Army that got "Dear John letters".
Home Guard and Scouts
I was involved in other activities to
Help the then War Effort, and was always volunteering to be a runner
for the Home Guard.
The Scouts were doing that at the time,
but to sort of placate me, they let me watch what they were doing.
I did learn how to assemble and strip
down a Bren gun, which came in handy when I joined the Royal Scots
as a National Serviceman".