Whitehill Former Pupils’ Club
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West Dennistoun Walk
The West Dennistoun Walk.
Following on from our successful walk last year, we continued the ramble on Saturday 8th October, this year covering the west side of Dennistoun. It was a beautiful warm autumn morning
and we met at the Girls' gate at the site of the old school building, just off Whitehill Street. We had three new members, Isabel Simpson, Tom Rowlands and Andrew Lothian. We set off down the hill stopping for stories about the cycle shop , Fraser's Dairy, Macrae's Fruit Shop and so on. Then on into Hillfoot Street and of course Dan's snooker establishment, and, across the street, the famous Dick's Tailors, where Joe Clarke had an eyewateringly expensive suit made. On along Duke Street, stopping at Dennistoun Library to reminisce about studying hard for exams. The library has an interesting poster display on the history of Dennistoun with old photographs of shop fronts and one of Whitehill School, regrettably titled “Whitevale School”.
Onward to Westercraigs after a stop at the corner opposite where the Rendezvous Cafe was sited. The cafe is now an exhibit at the Glasgow Riverside Museum. Next we headed to Golfhill School, which is in a dreadful state. A derelict but architecturally sound building, hopefully someone in the council will see sense and save it.
We stopped off at a very large Georgian mansion in course of renovation at Broomhill Circus and the ladies boldly trooped in to have a nosey. We were all welcomed by the owner and impressed to see the ongoing restoration work.
On the last leg we stopped at Dennistoun Baths and shared our memories, good and bad, and cold mornings with the walk back to school. The building has been converted to an upmarket snooker establishment frequented by no less than John Higgins himself.
Finally after our 90 minute walk we piled into the Amore D'Italia restaurant on Alexandra Parade. This was originally the Bungalow Cafe. We had a table upstairs and thoroughly enjoyed lunch and the opportunity to continue our reminiscing.
No doubt we will have another walk next year..........