This is the page to send in your photos and memories of your street and   depends very much on your contribution. 



My memories of Athole Drive during the Fifties and Sixties, thanks to my Mum  and Sister for their help in jogging some memories. There will be some errors - names missing etc hopefully others will mail in with their thoughts.

After compiling the names it came to my mind that love must have been all around, there were a few Athole Drive Marriages:

George Stewart and Margaret Sharp-Both Athole Dr

John Lennon and Linda Lakie-Both Athole Dr

Ian Lennon and Fiona Ewan-Both Athole Dr

Bob O'Brien and Helen Stewart-Both Athole Dr

Pam Armstrong, Athole Dr ,Werner Reichie (Store St)

Jean Sharp, Athole Dr,  Rab Warden (Mill St)

Sybil Dunbar, Athole Dr, Dunc Lennon (Manse Crescent)


Some other ditties- I know there are many others

My Uncle Dunc at No One was also a well known and controversial First Division referee.

Margaret Stewart nee Sharp still looks after the children at the school crossing -must have done this for many a year.

George Stewart must know every blade of grass on the Tay.

Gregory Robb vans can be seen everywhere in the town.

Harry Lennon had a career in the Fire Brigade. Fred McKerchar a career in the Prison Service

Johnny Lennon had a well respected career in Nursing.

George Stewart was a good boxer and is still the local Ghillie etc

Johnny Stewart manages the local plumbing company.

I think my Dad painted most of the houses

Big Sandy Winters with his red face was a great character

Jimmy, Ian and Alan Lennon, Bob Campbell all went on to Senior and Junior football.

Harry Ferguson used to run Ian and me to every St Johnstone game or failing this it was the 2.30 bus -(used to be full in these days)

Alex Duncanson & Willie Stevenson in Australia, Dave O' Brien in Canada.

Anne McKerchar and Danny ran the bookies in Anstruther (still there)

Dave Berwick joined the Marines.

Bert Collier was a great Artist

Open doors at New Year

Are George and Margaret Stewart the only ones remaining in the Drive?


From No 2 down the street and back to Number one and down again.  Still remember most of them:

Dunc and Helen McKerchar.  Audrey, Duncan,Sheena, James, Stella, Billy and Greg, followed by Mr and Mrs Ewan, Fiona and the ? flop eared Alsation.

Jimmy and Betty Lennon.  Jimmy, Ian, Alan and Margaret.

Mr and Mrs Mentiply.  Gordon and Douglas.

Bill and Susie O'Brien.  Elsie, John, Billy, Lawrence, Margaret, Katherine, James, Bob, Ian and Eck.


Mr and Mrs John Kay.  Elizabeth, Janet and John.

Mr and Mrs Campbell.  Jimmy, Bob and Fay.

Danny and Mary Devine.  Jimmy, John, Dennis and daughters Martha, Agnes, Janette, Vick, Theresa.


Sid, Jim. Hilda, Muriel, Dawn Bendall then Dave and Cissie Lakie.  Lynda, Gail Morna, Donna, Gynis, Yvonne and Shone.

Jack and Ida Stewart.  Gerorge, Margaret, Johnny, Helen, James.

Alex and Jenny Logie then Farquarharson family then Mr and Mrs Tam Davidson then Alan and Rena Lambert.  Rena.

Jim and Annie McKerchar.  Anne and Fred.


Mr and Mrs Bruce.  Ian, Helen and Fiona.

Mr and Mrs McDonald.  Christine, Aileen, Moira, Ledley then Mr and Mrs Sharp.  Margaret, Ceila, Janet, Isabel, Jean and Willie.

Jack and Cathy Ewan.  Jackie, Norma and Murray.

Will and Betty Stevenson.  Hilary Ingrid, Wiliam, Shirley, Charles.


Mr and Mrs Duncanson.  Alex, Rhoda, David, Thelma, and Joyce then Tait family.

Bert and Babs Collier.  Norman and Margaret.



Jock and Cathy Lennon.  Johnny and Marleen?

Jack and Margaret Allan.  Angela, Pat and Sandra.

Mr and Mrs Halley.  Stewart, Tom, Anne and Joan.

Mr and Mrs Dick Johnston.  Isabel.


Bill and Violet Smith.  Billy.

Helen Robb and son Ronald.

Mr and Mrs Sandy Winters.  Margaret and Sheila.

Mrs McGregor.  Dunbar family?


Mr and Mrs Lennon.  David, Kathleen, Harry, Lydia, Stephen and Rich\rd.

Mr and Mrs Pratt.  Alan.

Jock and Peggy McGregor.  Rena.

Dave and Mary Dunbar.  Sybil and Stuart moved to Store St.


Diesel Dave and Spud Graham.  Mrs Menzies.  Anne, June and Charles.

George and Margaret Stewart.  Karen and Debbie.

Jim and Margaret Kirkpatrick.  Gerald and George.


Mr and Mrs Berwick.  Bob & Billy Gannon.  Dave and Kathleen.

Mr and Mrs Jock Balnaves.  Dorothy and Jack.

Jock and Jess Cowan.  Ian then Mr and Mrs Dave Armstrong, Pamela.

Mr and Mrs Steel.  Drew.


Grant family.

Mr and Mrs Grant McGlaughlin.  Isabel and Maria.

Mr and Mrs Melville.  Jack, Margaret.  Dick Duke.

Mr and Mrs Harry Ferguson.  Anne, Ian Alan, Elizabeth.


Mrs Panton.

Alex and Marion Kennedy.  Roy.

Don and Beth Farquharson.  Maureen and Donna.

Isobel and Alex Ross.


Single Pensioners Houses ????

Fred McKerchar - 10th January 2006


I have e-mailed you before and have finally put a few notes down for your website which seems to be a great success. The amount of input is testament to the quality of life Stanley gave so many. 

Athole Drive

  My name is David Minnett, and with my brother Billy and sisters Pam and Margaret,  lived in Athole Drive at No.20 (or was it No.21?) with the Kettles family for about 18 months (while my mother was convalescing from TB) during 1953-54. I was 5 years old then. I was to visit Stanley several times after that, mainly during school summer holidays.

  The Kettles family were my Uncle Jim, Aunt Jean, James & Peggy. I don’t think they were a very social lot (didn’t go to the pubs or clubs, but maybe James did!), but I know Uncle Jim would sometimes take a dram in Clarkie’s Bar on the way home from work at the mill (this used to stop his shakes from the Parkinson’s). He would probably be best remembered by most of the villagers for smoking his pipe sitting on the bench on the green opposite the school.  

  In those days Uncle Jim (nickname ‘Dom’) worked at the mill on the waterways. Aunt Jean was a housewife. I think James worked for the Forestry Commission, and Peggy worked in the offices at Pullars in Perth.

  The Kettles family lived in the village for most of their lives starting in Duchess St, then Athole Drive, Station Road and finally in Store St.

  We lived in Athole Drive  in the maisonette above the Ferguson family. Ian (Snotty) Ferguson was one of my best pals, also the little red headed (?) girl who lived opposite (Hi Rhoda Duncanson!). Miss Macintosh was my teacher at the school.

  My brother Billy was the perfect age then for ‘Stanley Life’ (about 12) and had many pals and adventures. He often had to look after me and consequently I went on many of those adventures with him, during which he put together a large wild birds egg collection. 

  I remember being abandoned by Billy in Murthly (‘Muffly’) Woods by a pond with a sunken boat. Being thrown into a haystack just over the bridge by the station entrance and being told by Billy the rats would get me. Saturday morning pictures in an old corrugated iron hall and shopping at the Co-op, with it’s sacks on the wooden floor and Scots Porridge Oats boxes on the shelves! Ian’s older sister took us for an Easter picnic. We painted eggs and ate a picnic on the grass in front of Sandeman’s house by the river. Back of the mill and along to Wallace’s Castle. All those horses under a great big tree, and fishes in the mill waterways! Berry picking at Petries (do the the tinks really pee in the pails to make the weight heavier?) Sunday morning walks up the Airntully Road , just as far as the tree that was split in two by lightning. Who was with me when we dropped a rock onto a live toad in front of the Sports Club on the Airntully Road ? Playing in the abandoned railway guards van by the railway bridge down the Linn Road . Picking wild strawberries on the railway embankment between the bridges.

  Through this web site, some of Billy’s old pals have been in touch with me and have told me more than I ever knew about him and those wonderful times we/he had in Stanley . It is a VERY special place and obviously loved by the villagers as can be seen from the input to this great website. 

  I have several photos from Stanley and I promise I will dig them out.

  Best Regards.

David Minnett - 6th April 2006.

Carshalton Beeches. Surrey.  


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