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Snooker Hall in the mid-70's?
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TxRover



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:23 am    Post subject: Snooker Hall in the mid-70's? Reply with quote

Looking to clarify a memory from about 1973-1975. I remember a snooker hall, first floor, off the High Street. Rummaging around on Google Street View, the doorway to the side of Charles Clinkard store, with the Charlotte Dental Practice sign, looks a lot like little me remembers. Anyone remember such a thing?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you're too far along the High St Tx Rover,memory says it was the Street before(nearer Links St).The Institute is the name if memory serves me correctly.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:58 am    Post subject: Snooker Hall in the mid 70's Reply with quote

It was indeed further along towards the Links but only about 80 yards. The Peoples Institute was located above what is now Blind Davy's with the entrance off Glasswork Street. Spent many a saturday there but never quite reached the standard of being a regular in the "big" hall at the back and consigned to the front room where there was only 2 tables normally kept for the less competent players !! Used to be in awe of the older players through the back on the Championship tables
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a snooker hall maybe still there in Glasswork Street just across from Lows and close to old site of Wrights Lemonade and an excellent wee chippie called Wilsons. Spent a few ticky days at the hall and my grandparents owned Wright’s Lemonade - gold medal Ginger Beer - the memory of the bubbles on my tongue is still the standard that few ginger beers can yet attain!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it not the Peoples Club for a wee while?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bingo, “Peoples Club and Institute, Established 1865”. I thought the street looked too wide, but I put that down to being eight or so. I was also in the front room only!

So, since I’m asking, the John Menzies was where the WHSmith is, almost across from the walk up from Tollbooth? And was Jackie O’s down on the Esplanade at Charlotte (I never got to Kirkcaldy during it’s fame, and my time for those clubs)?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what became of Jackie Os, built by Alex Penman no less. To the right of it you can just pick out the ugliest car park in the world.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For us auld yins the Building was more famous for being the Troc Cafe and the Burma Ballroom - never been to Jackie Qs or is it Os?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biggles wrote:
This is what became of Jackie Os, built by Alex Penman no less. To the right of it you can just pick out the ugliest car park in the world.


Thanks, I just can’t place what was there (building-wise) and can’t find any good exterior pictures to jog my memory. And that car park has got nothing on some of our monstrosities.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the wee papershop that was there as well,used to get a superman comic for the bus journey from the country bus terminance up to my Gran and grandads in Crosshill. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drove buses from there for a year or so for Alexander’s - classic comeback - punter says to inspector “you can stick your bus up yer erse” - response “sorry already got a few up there and some are sideways”. Was the papershop Mascocias Zico?

Opposite the Troc was the “volunteers green” a political meeting point in the past. Does anyone remember the fantastic Wrights Lemonade factory just on the north side of the VG? Demolished to build a car park that never happened.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help you with the name Willie,also remember the knickerbocker glory ice cream sundae in the Troc it was brilliant. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biggles wrote:
Hope this helps.


Actually, it does a bit. Confirms I never really spent much time off the High Street, the Mercat and the Pool in the 70’s and early 80’s. That, or walking along Links Street.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WillieKirk wrote:
Drove buses from there for a year or so for Alexander’s - classic comeback - punter says to inspector “you can stick your bus up yer erse” - response “sorry already got a few up there and some are sideways”. Was the papershop Mascocias Zico?

Opposite the Troc was the “volunteers green” a political meeting point in the past. Does anyone remember the fantastic Wrights Lemonade factory just on the north side of the VG? Demolished to build a car park that never happened.


Quite possible, I worked in that block when it Jackie O's expanded throughout the whole of the building when they knocked through into the Victoriana bar and also the Big Top, Bert was always putting his head round the door wondering why we weren't finished.
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