Brown's Building, Fruiters (Cathy Potts), Norris grocer's, Picture House (The Dookit), Paterson's Chemist & Optician, Hogg's Newsagent (later Pates), Littles the Baker, Paterson (Painter & Decorator), Peter Craig Butchers. Greenside Street.
The three story building on the left was McAlpine building and made a right turn down Alpine Street.
This 3 storey block of stores and houses was called the McAlpine Building, the building ended at the corner of Alpine Street.
The McAlpine building was well known to everyone in Blantyre and more so to our family, this was where my Mum was born and she lived here with her seven sisters and two brothers.
One of the stores in this block was a fish and chip shop by the name of Allan's. Everyone in Blantyre knew of this shop, as it sold the best in Blantyre and it was always used as a reference point in Blantyre, as in. "Yea that's three streets past Allan's or its across the across the road from Allan's"
(Every picture tells a story.... something untoward is taking place in this photo... can you spot it? Tell Bill.
Bill you might remember me, I wrote to you a couple of years back. My name is Chick Frame from the old Buggie building. Now of Perth Western Australia. First I want to congratulate you on the splendid job you are doing with Bla'an'tir's Ain Website
I have just now, once again read James Cornfield's poem: Childhood Memories of Blantyre, and once again got that lump in my throat that it always gives me. The reason I am writing is because I know he doesn’t use a computer so I would like you to offer him my heart felt praise for the job he did. I swear he stole the memories right out of my head, because that’s just exactly what I remember myself.
I remember seeing a Tarzan picture in the old Dookit and there was Cheeta munching into a bunch of bananas, and for the life of me I couldn’y remember even what they tasted like. I remember going across the road to Bowies fruit shop where right there in the window was a stooky bunch of fifes bananas. I also remember one of the boys suggesting going into the chemist shop next door to buy a packet of chocolate laxative, because you didn’y need any coupons. Probably lucky we had no money left.
Best of luck
P.S. I send you these couple of pictures as memories from the old Dookit.