DOWN MEMORY LANE

May be an image of 2 people, people standing and outdoors

I wrote about these two guys many a time when I was just a junior reporter. They are Matt Clifford, left, and Tom Bilsland. Matt was one of the first “lollipop” men in Dumbarton and Tom was well known in the Vale. I recall going to interview him at his home in Elmbank Drive, Bonhill. They were both veterans of the running game and took part in all the local Hihghland Games. I think both of them were well into their seventies before they retired.

The man who is not in any of the pictures is Hughie McErlean, who gave me the information for an athletics column which I wrote in The County Reporter and which promoted that sport for many years. Lachie Stewart, the Vale’s most famous runner who won the 10,000 metres race for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, is in the montage.  Lachie’s hobby was making models of ships such as the Maid of the Loch. Top picture is of Vale Juniors FC who won the Scottish Junior Cup against Annbank United. They are pictured holding the trohy which must be very valuable indeed since on the Antiques Roadshow on Sunday night the other Scottish Cup which is played for by senior teams was valued by an expert at no less than £1 million. Editor

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