Faces from the 80s in the first planned housing scheme in Scotland’s biggest town

The project to chart the social and industrial history of Paisley’s first planned housing scheme is going great guns.

And the Glenburn trip down memory lane has already brought some forgotten treasures to life.

We told earlier this month how the fascinating story of the scheme is being headed up local man Stephen Clancy, the Urban Historian.

A happy Glenburn family
(Image: Glenburn Heritage Group)

Stephen launched The Glenburn Heritage Group, which now has 460 Facebook members, and he’s now appealing for help in identifying folk in photographs.

Big name Folkie Alastair McDonald opens the fete with convenor Stephen Clancy, left, and minister Francis Dixon
(Image: Glenburn Heritage Group)

He said: “The project has just received a collection of negatives of images taken around Glenburn Parish Church fetes and other events from the mid-1950s onwards.

“I am hoping people can recognise themselves in any of these photographs and get in touch.

“The project is keen to gather photographs of events in Glenburn from the late 1940s onwards.

“Individual images can be posted to the Facebook group and larger collections can be sent via the group’s website where a contact form also allows people to log their written memories.”

Watch and learn son – this young man admires the bowler’s prowese
(Image: Glenburn Heritage Group)

More than 200 negatives from the Kenneth and Malcolm McDonald collection have been scanned in, many of fetes from 1985 to 1993.

Anybody know who these guys are?
(Image: Glenburn Heritage Group)

Stephen, a former convenor of the fete, said: “It was usually opened by a personality, sometimes from TV or football.

“St Mirren’s Tony Fitzpatrick, Mrs Mack and the minister from Take the High Road and folk singer Alastair McDonald were a few of the popular personalities.”

Get in line girls – dazzling performance by the cheerleaders
(Image: Glenburn Heritage Group)

Construction of Glenburn began in 1947 and 74 years later it’s home to more than 7,500 people.

The heritage project, which is leading to an exhibition, is being run in partnership with Glenburn Parish Church. Send your Glenburn images and memories – or if you recognise yourself in these photos – see www.facebook.com/groups/glenburnheritage or www.glenburnheritage.org.uk

Daily Record – Paisley