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This view from the air takes in the controversial site earmarked by Flamingo Land for their tourism and leisure development in Balloch on Loch Lomondside. The date of the picture is 1961. It shows a very different Balloch with the BSD factory with its landmark chimney to the left. The Lomond Shores car park site is Paddy Caulfield’s Drumkinnon Quarry, just above the factory. If you look closely the Maid of the Loch is belching steam at Balloch Pier, at the foot of the railway siding which ran parallel with Pier Road. On the River Leven you can see Monkey Island and the site where John Sweeney’s Cruise boats operate now, just beside Balloch Bridge. The river itself is packed with small boats at Lynn’s yard and on the east side there is the Balloch Hotel and St Kessog’s RC Church and the Moss O’Balloch park. Opposite it, on the other side of the street, is Arcari’s dance hall. Lots of memories there. Bill Heaney

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