My Campbell Grandparents lived at 121 Victoria Road West, opposite the entrance to St. Rollox St.
I would be in the front parlour or a front bedroom until older.
By 23.40 there would be something like 150-200 men gathered outside 121. A think a lot of singing went on.
If I remember correctly there was a lamp post between 121 & 119. That being the focal point.
I have always asked myself why there outside 121? Looking at a map it was a good “central” point for men from St. Rollox St. and other streets behind Newton Terr.
It could have been instigated by G/F after he moved into newly built 121 in 1928. Hogmanay would have been a big thing in the family as G/F parents were from Glasgow &/Paisley area. Possibly carrying on a tradition from the Hood St. area of the Quay where he was born. I Never thought to ask, too young.
Grandfather, Great Uncle John and Dad would be given their coal, whiskey and maybe some cake. Then go out to the footpath. Those three were probably the tallest men in the area. G/F 6’6” Uncle John 6’4” and Dad 6’3”.
Grandmother would signal to Them when Big Ben struck 12 midnight. Cheers, handshaking then Old Lang Syne. Whiskey would flow, plenty of banter.
Then the men set off home to first foot.
These NewYears meetings started to fade after G/F retired from Leslies around 1955. I suppose this would be due to the older men dying etc.
It was never the same after G/F died in 1959.
I hope Ken Turpin reads this and can give his memories as he lived next door in 119.
The other big memory was the Constant Iron wagons going past 121 almost 24/7 on their way to Jarrow.
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