Saturday, 27 April 2013

100 Years and Counting

No, thankfully the 100 year birthday isn't mine, but Westerton Village near where I live.
Being a Gemini, I enjoy a dual existence in Westerton (close to Glasgow) and in Bute, where my novels are set.
And after being transported back to the Victorian Age last week on Bute, this week I managed to move a little forward into the Edwardian Age at the Westerton Village Gala day.

The Village children

The village has the distinction of being the first Garden Suburb built in Scotland on land given by Sir Archibald Campbell and the village road followed the same route as the railway line.

The Village under construction

The main road didn't go as far as Bearsden and the milk supplied by Westerton Farm was left at the top of the hill for the men of the village to collect in rotation and take down to the shop. The road was known locally as The Milky Way until the the villagers decided to build the road themselves and The Milky Way became Maxwell Avenue.

The Milky Way

Today's villagers participated enthusiastically in the event and it was particulary good to see such community spirit and interest in an age when so many people seem too busy to have much time for neighbours.
Perhaps the Edwardian spirit infused us all!

 Daisy Henderson,Colin MacKay and George MacIlwham of Classical Musicians Scotland ready to entertain the villagers in the tea room.

Votes for women!
The Station Master's House

Is this really Stephen, our librarian?

Photos by kind permission of

EDLC - contact Janice
Miller,Information and Archives Officer

Classical Musicians Scotland

The Westerton Villagers


  1. You're certainly moving through the historical eras, Myra. It looks like another fun day with a great community spirit.

  2. Thanks,Joan. Yes, it was a great day!

  3. That looks a brilliant day, Myra - great photos!

  4. So pleased the sun shone for everyone!

  5. I did enjoy chaining myself to the railings,
    thanks for your favourable coverage
    sufragette Emma

  6. Glad it wasn't for real, but the vote was hard won, Emma!

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