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
After compiling the names it came to my
mind that love must have been all around, there were a few Athole Drive
George Stewart and Margaret Sharp-Both
John Lennon and Linda Lakie-Both Athole
Ian Lennon and Fiona Ewan-Both Athole
Bob O'Brien and Helen Stewart-Both
Pam Armstrong, Athole Dr ,Werner
Reichie (Store St)
Jean Sharp, Athole Dr, Rab Warden
Sybil Dunbar, Athole Dr, Dunc
Lennon (Manse Crescent)
Some other ditties- I know there are
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
I think my Dad painted most of the
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
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
and Betty Lennon. Jimmy, Ian, Alan and Margaret.
and Mrs Mentiply. Gordon and Douglas.
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
Jim and Annie McKerchar. Anne
Mr and Mrs Bruce. Ian, Helen and
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
Jock and Cathy Lennon. Johnny and
Jack and Margaret Allan.
Angela, Pat and Sandra.
Mr and Mrs Halley. Stewart,
Tom, Anne and Joan.
Mr and Mrs Dick Johnston.
Bill and Violet
Helen Robb and son
Mrs Sandy Winters. Margaret and Sheila.
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.
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.
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.
Alex and Marion Kennedy. Roy.
Don and Beth Farquharson.
Maureen and Donna.
Isobel and Alex Ross.
Pensioners Houses ????
- 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.
My name is David
Minnett, and with my brother Billy and sisters Pam and
Margaret, lived in
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
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
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
in the maisonette above the
family. Ian (Snotty)
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!
picking at Petries (do the the tinks really pee in the pails to make the
weight heavier?) Sunday morning walks up the
, 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
? Playing in the abandoned railway guards van by the railway bridge down the
. 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
. 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
and I promise I will dig them out.
David Minnett - 6th April 2006.
Carshalton Beeches. Surrey.
Athole Drive photos