PACKET OF CRISPS AND A HALF V IN ARANCI’S

Luke-warm, watery beef mince swimming in butter beans and two scoops of lumpy mashed potatoes come to mind though. And lumpy custard with jam sponge. The kindly school dinner ladies tried to keep us going with extra helpings of slimy semolina and prunes and other epicurean delights such as that, but we weren’t old enough to appreciate their good deeds. As did retching afterwards in that god awful bog on the corner of the building they tried to pass off as the boys’ lavatory. … More PACKET OF CRISPS AND A HALF V IN ARANCI’S

BILL HEANEY’S NOTEBOOK COLUMN

I have been covering local government, national government and European government for the past half century almost, and I have never come across such a shambles as West Dunbartonshire Council. They couldn’t run a bath.” And such is their obsession with secrecy, that it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow if they were to suddenly switch their meetings to another hall across the road in Church Street. Don’t ask me which one. That really is a secret and, unlike the Council,  its members are quite within their rights to keep it that way. … More BILL HEANEY’S NOTEBOOK COLUMN

UPPER CLYDE SHIPBUILDERS DEMO IN DUMBARTON 1971

Familiar faces in front in this protest march along Dumbarton High Street in 1971 include Hugh McCartney MP, Ian Campbell MP, Tony Benn MP, Steve McElroy, reporter, Frank McElhone MP, Ian McKee, District Secretary, AUEW, Willie Ross, Secretary of State for Scotland and Jim White MP. Eddie McLaffery, Jack Green, Andy Hamill, John Diamond, Ian Bell and Pat McAllister are also in the picture for which we thank Donald Chisholm.  … More UPPER CLYDE SHIPBUILDERS DEMO IN DUMBARTON 1971