Throughout October, I’ll be bringing you adverts from Blantyre businesses in days gone by. Today is the turn of Blantyre Engineering Works with an advert from 1950.
This business was created by Mr James Kelly who was associated with Blantyre Celtic and Kelly’s Pub. It was formerly location at Forrest Street.
Noted in the 1930 valuation roll as being owned by Blantyre Engineering Company. In November 1933, they were awarded the contract to demolish all the derelict surface buildings at two pits at Whitehaven.
Before she was married, Jane Paterson worked as the office junior in Blantyre Engineering. Her job included going to Littles Bakery in the morning and fetching the rolls then over to the old post office and get the company mail, which was transported in an old brown leather satchel. Other office staff in the latter part of the 20th Century included Cathie Rouse, Betty MacAleenan and Dot Wood who was a telephonist.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016
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