When herring was 7 pence a pound

by Ron Fitzsimons

I remember when the guy with a cart and a wee pony would come around with Herring in boxes with ice and he would call out HERRING 7 PENCE A POUND. There was always the vegetable cart that Hughie Anderson had next door to the house where I lived on Millar Road that sold vegetables door to door, also the coal man came around delivered the coal in the hundred weight bags, we always got the Drumheller eggs coal as they were called back then.

I remember we always had to put a shilling in the meter for the electric and the gas meter, so the man would come around and empty the meter and you got 10% back, you always had to have change ready in case either meter needed to be fed.

Cheers,

Ron Fitzsimons

 


matt anderson says

hello ron i was born and bred in miller road saltcoats    dont know if u remember the lennoxes ?

matt anderson says

i used to go round with jimmy whyte selling the herring    and selling the brickets in the winter  used to go out with the horse and cart   selling the brickets  had a horse called big jean it knew its way around the bricket run  and cud take ya back to the stables in wylie road

Ron Fitzsimons says

Hello Matt Aderson, there was two Anderson families on Millar Road, one was May Anderson Margret, Billy and Hughie. The other family lived across the street, Mary Ellen, James, another sister and another brother,.They lived above the Hamiltons.

Yes I remember the Lennox's and there was a cousin Michael Lauler I believe he became a priest. There was a pub downtown opened by I believe Bobby Lennox the football player that played for Glasgow Celtic.

Cheers,

Ron Fitzsimons.

Ron Fitzsimons says

Millar Road has changed a bit since they chopped of about one third of it to put that new road in, I think they chopped of from 102 and the tenements that created a dead end, where one of my buddies lived David McMeekin, who passed away a long time ago, I believe David's brother Richard lives down the Braes's, and there was Ronnie Mitchell, Jimmy Sweeney. Malcom Campbell, and Sammy Wylie, and Andy Swanson. I suppse these guys are scattered far and wide by now since I have been in Canada 57 years.

Cheers,

Ron.

 

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