When the Clyde Ran Red

By Maggie Craig

When The Clyde Ran Red paints a brilliant and enjoyable photo of the heady days whilst revolution used to be within the air on Clydeside. United via the assumption that an harm to at least one was once an damage to all, those have been the years while women and men all through Glasgow, Clydebank, and past stood as much as matter. during the sour strike on the great Singer stitching desktop plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in George sq. in 1919, the overall Strike of 1926 and directly to the Spanish Civil battle of the Thirties, they fought for the best to paintings, the consideration of work, and a fairer society for everybody. They did so in a Glasgow the place informal wealth and grinding poverty handed one another on the street, the place overcrowded tenements stood no distance from based tearooms, paintings galleries, sumptuous retailers, glittering photograph palaces, and dance halls. purple Clydeside used to be additionally domestic to Charles Rennie waterproof coat, the Glasgow kind and luxurious exhibitions showcasing the wonders of the age. Political idealism and creative creativity have been matched through huge, immense commercial undertaking. The Clyde outfitted a few of the maximum ships which ever sailed the seas, as locomotives from Glasgow pulled trains on each continent in the world. When The Clyde Ran Red celebrates the struggling with spirit of the crimson Clydesiders and the strength, choice, achievements, and sheer lust for all times of the folk of Glasgow, Clydebank, and Clydeside.

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The proceeds of this express have been being donated to ‘Miss Fyfe’s Belgian aid Fund’. through the First global struggle, the Glasgow company Belgian Workroom had premises in North Portland highway, off George highway at the back of town Chambers, and a imperative workplace in Bothwell highway. On behalf of the Belgian refugees, they gratefully acquired donations of garments and sneakers. Headed via the Lord Provost, the company Belgian Committee was once additionally ‘pleased to obtain bargains to offer 4 or 5 Days’ Hospitality to Belgian squaddies who're within the Trenches, and who, on getting depart of absence, are avoided from becoming a member of their family members Circle within the invaded components of Belgium’. One year-round and long-running charm which minimize throughout politics and social type used to be Hengler’s Circus, a Glasgow establishment which marketed in ahead and each different Glasgow newspaper. In February 1920 they have been selling the final 3 weeks of The Sioux. taking part in each night at part earlier seven and with matinees at part previous on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays, this provided a ‘Sensational Water Spectacle’. Dramatic water results have been Hengler’s speciality, in addition to actual reside horses and riders appearing ‘feats of bold horsemanship’. now and then there have been elephants within the exhibit and one other favorite act used to be ‘Duncan’s Scotch Collies, fantastic dogs Intelligence’. All of this went on on the Charing move finish of Sauchiehall road, within the lee of Glasgow university of paintings, at the web site later occupied by means of the ABC Cinema and that's now a tune venue. For years the Forward’s masthead carried an ad couched as a difficult query: ‘Are YOU consuming the ALLINSON Wholemeal BREAD? ’ Like fit consuming, the nice outdoor used to be consistently well known, the advantages of clean air and workout one other of the enthusiasms of the age. operating used to be really well-liked by younger working-class males, a lot of them participants of golf equipment like Garscube Harriers. The Clarion Scouts have been lively in Glasgow and Clydeside. This crew, the place Patrick and Agnes Dollan first met, mixed spreading the be aware approximately socialism with cycle rides and state rambles, frequently camping out in a single day or staying of their personal hostels. through the Nineties, they'd one hundred twenty golf equipment throughout Britain and an expected 7,000 participants. man Aldred initially got here to Glasgow as the Clarion Scouts invited him to talk on the Pavilion Theatre in 1912. He went down a hurricane, additionally addressing open-air conferences, together with a rally held on the Charing move fountain. Davie Kirkwood recalled in his memoirs that for a few years he and John Wheatley made some extent on Sundays of going out jointly for a stroll within the kingdom. humans didn’t basically are looking to get out into the flora and fauna, they had to. It used to be an important counterbalance to the cruel and unnatural atmosphere of the economic global during which they labored. for lots of working-class Scots their upbringing was once either city and rural. business improvement having happened the place the assets have been and with none exams on its sprawling progress, the coal bings and forges and shipyards have been usually no distance from the bluebell woods, the glowing burns and the fairway and heather-clad hills.

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