68 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 1 – back of an LP cover, of course, but I remember the Billy Cotton Band Show on BBC when I was a kid. we didn’t even have a TV but every Saturday night I’d go to my pal Jimmy’s up the next close and I’d be allowed to watch their TV. His Dad played in a dance band at the weekends (saxophone), so Billy Cotton was de rigeur before he went out to play at the dance halls on a Saturday night.
    Pic 2. – Is that a Peel car? If so, as the name suggests, they were made in the Isle of Man.
    Pic 3. – Plymouth Valiant – early 60s? – ugly
    Pic 4. – Glesca – Argyle Street, Boots’s Corner – 1960s.
    Pic 5. – Woodstock 1969, or at least the traffic jam on the way there. “By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong” – Joni Mitchell.
    Last pic. – Marie Lawrie or “Lulu”, as the world has come to know her – and hot pants, I remember them: I wonder why. I once heard a Glaswegian guy make a memorable quip about the songstress back in the early days of her fame but I couldn’t possibly repeat it here: suffice to say it was none too complimentary.

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    1. Andimac
      Close on the Peel, Not the Isle of Man though; Made in Prestwick.
      The old SSEB took up the design, an electric car, a town car, back in the 60’s.
      Great idea, just a little ahead of its time, lead acid batteries limited the range and were heavy.
      The Valiant car, ugle as sin, photographed in Australia, in a little wine growing town called Mudgee, just west of Sydney.
      Hot pants were something else.
      Didn’t Billy Cotton’s show feature the Black and White Minstrels???
      Bit off the scale now.

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      1. Dave, I didn’t know about the SSEB car – very interesting. I think the Black & White Minstrels may have been on the Billy Cotton Band show occasionally but of course they had their own hugely successful show for many years. The acts I remember on Cotton, not necessarily because I liked them, were Russ Conway, Kathie Kay and Mrs. Mills – there seems to have been a taste for jangly pianos back then, wasn’t there a Winifred Atwell too?
        I said the Boots’s Corner pic was probably 1960s but I’ve noticed that the Ford Escort, bottom left, has an M plate, so the shot has to have been taken post-1973, I guess. I’m a bit intrigued at the row of what look like wooden sheds on the road at the bottom end of Union Street: I wonder what they were for.
        One morning, many years ago, when I was working in a DHSS office, one of the lassies came in, took off her coat and was seen to be wearing a (to my mind) very fetching pair of hot pants – she was, of course, the talk of the office. Folks were by then used to mini-skirts but hot pants seemed to be a provocative step too far. Within a few days, two more of our female colleagues arrived for work, similarly attired. “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, And to be young was very heaven” – well, sometimes 🙂

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    2. Pretty good there…

      Actually of all the 60s songbirds, I think Lulu, once she got past the raucous “Shout” was one of the best, up there with Dusty and Pet in musicality, versatility and talent.

      I’ve always thought her accent was a bit of a strange mixture though. I’m sure she musta been on the Billy Cotton Bandshow.


  2. Ok . here we go , tough one , the only few things I know about Billy Cotton he was a big band leader , actor , radio and tv personality in the 50’s and 60s , his son another Bill Cotton went on to be managing director of the BBC , no idea about the dinky car or the old Valiant car on a modern street somewhere . Boots corner this I do know , you are looking from Jamaica Street towards Union St running right to left is Argyle St all in the centre of Glasgow . I wonder what festival is here Woodstock , Isle of Wight , Glastonbury ? Old pic of Saline in Perth ? Ah Vim a cleaning staple before health and safety , you can still but this in B & Q for £1.25 , Vim the Latin for vigor or force . My house phone , ok I have the modern variant push buttons instead of rotary dial , plus we don’t have the little note pad which is the underneath of this bakelite classic . And finally Lulu , who looks almost the same as she did 50 years ago !

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    1. Not bad. It’s Woodstock!

      I love these phones. Was that drawer a place to keep phone numbers?

      Lulu looks amazing good for someone in their 70s.

      Bit, a word of caution: I remember a few years ago we did a story about her on the old “Munguin’s Republic”. She was selling some brand of face cream which was designed to make you look younger. I can’t remember what it was called. The ads involved photographs of her lineless face.

      However they bore very little resemblance to unofficial pictures…snap shots… taken of her.

      Our point was that, whist of course people use doctored, soft focus photographs to to give out as publicity shots, or fan pics, it should be illegal to use doctored photographs to sell cosmetics.

      I didn’t know they still made Vim. It was/is a scouring powder that took the shine off anything it touched.


      1. trispw, I hate to break the news to you, but that photo of Lulu shows her as a young woman c 1967! Like the rest of us contemporaries of her our appearance now is rather different. I am not casting aspersions on her present appearance which has a mature dignity – somewhat like my own!

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        1. Yes, I know that. But the pics she used in her advertisements were of her as a mature lady, but with her face looking 16.

          That’s fine is she’s advertising Fish Fingers, but if she is advertising a cream that is supposed to rejuvenate your skin, it is cheating.

          She was, and they were.

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          1. Always felt a little sorry for her group The Luvvers when the powers that be in the music world decided that they only wanted Lulu. Anyone know what became of them ?


  3. *sigh Old enough to remember WAAAKEY WAAAKEY, Vim-best cleaner on the market, Marie was related to my gt Auntie Annie’s friend! Cars? Pah, never took much interest. Phone-older than even I…
    That’s all you’re getting. 😀 😀

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      1. Dunno, but his dad – also Billy Cotton – raced in the Grands Prix at Donington in 1937 and 1938 that also featured Mercedes and Auto-Union.

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        1. I suspect that that’s how he would have wanted to go… watching sport.

          I seem to remember he’d had a few heart attacks and he was a bit on the overweight side, but didn’t he insist on dancing on stage … or was it just really over enthusiastic orchestra conducting?


  4. Wee blue car obviously belongs to someone important with a number plate like that; Munguin or Tris perhaps!
    Ah Mudgee, we used to call the wine Mudgee mud but not anymore. They do a great fortified port or muscat; Mmmmm.
    Large march must be AUOB from tomorrow at Dumfries. Have they forgotten the flags.
    Boots corner all right. Can’t forget that.
    Telephone, we had one like that in our Hillhead flat across from the Uni.
    Vim, I remeber that all right, burn yout hand if you weren’t careful. Must have been heavy caustic.
    Lulu smashin’ mmm ; bend over I’ll drive.

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  5. It’s all been said… however:
    Billy Cotton and Family Favourites on the radio were the only things my mum listened to on Sunday afternoons. I really hate Mantovani with a passion now.
    From hate to love – Lulu. My eldest sister is exactly the same age and detested her, so obviously I loved her tae bits. My favourite song. No, it’s not Boom bang a bang.

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      1. AAAAaarggghh- those sickeningly sweet violins! Thanks Tris, you’ve dug up the angst I used to feel on wet Sunday mornings. No telly and the radiogram (!) with all it’s lovely Rolling Stone records tuned into the Light Progamme. My brother’s portable would be playing Chet Baker in our shared bedroom while he studied.

        I’m away to play some Led Zeppelin.

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  6. And the telephone is a GPO 200 series with the bell set incorporated into the base. Some of these phones had the bell set on a long cable that could be put in another room from the phone itself (perhaps in the servant’s quarters at Munguin towers). These types of telephone will still work today if your phone line supports pulse dialling. Only problem is that they can’t select option 1 or option 2 etc.

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    1. Lovely. Yes, obviously Munguin would never actually answer the telephone directly and I’m always on hand to field calls from lesser peoples. “If it’s Nicola, just put her through”, he says.

      What a blessing though, to have a phone where you can’t do any of that “Press 1 for” nonsense.


    1. That show sums up the boredom of teenage Sundays- and that exchange with someone with a faux American accent most of all. The regular Cotton band singer was Alan Breeze, a kind of postwar Al Bowlly. I was convinced that my father had it on the radiogram to stop me playing rock and roll records.

      Cotton also did a 78 disc of the Dam Busters March, complete with soundtrack of bomber crew, explosions and machine gun fire in the closing stages. Given the current explosion of nostalgia driving much of the British psyche at the moment, surprised they haven’t reissued it.

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      1. He probably did… so he could listen to what was “proper music”. I think we’ve all gone through that.

        I’m surprised they haven’t made the singing of Land of Hopeless Glory, or what ever it is called, compulsory!


        1. Proper music in his case being Jimmy Shand (I still listen to Take the Floor every Saturday though I didn’t much care for country dance music at the time), Vera Lynn and her ilk, but also some classical singers like Gigli, Gobbi, Hammond.

          But the low point for me was not actually Billy Cotton but late Sunday afternoon Radio Luxembourg, German language with bits of rock and roll, for which I found the sound of German seemed to wipe out the underlying rhythm.

          As a final confession, if my teenage self suddenly materialised in my living room playing r’n’r 78’s at full volume, I would take a hammer to the record deck.and possibly me teenage self……

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          1. Ha ha… we all change as we grow older, I suppose. Basically we all turn into our mothers or fathers…

            I quite like German pop music, though.


            1. Not quite though – my tastes lean heavily towards classical and a little bit of jazz as well as pop from my youth and middle age. Apart from a few famous tenors and sopranos, my parents were not into classical music at all – which generated as much tension 10 years later as Elvis and co did in the 1950’s.

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      2. My father loathed Alan Breeze. One night he popped in for a pint in the bar at the back door of the Tivoli theatre in Aberdeen where Billy Cotton was playing. And ended up having a drink with Alan Breeze who was in for some refreshment.

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        1. Cheers, a bit more accessible for me than Dumfries. I did know it, but times winged chariot drove it out for a bit. Memories from fifty years ago I’m alright with, what I had for breakfast this morning not so much.

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      1. I was there as Munguin’s SW Scotland representative and I can confirm that it was indeed 10,000 people at minimum.

        A very enjoyable day and very inspiring.

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  7. Good pics – just remembered my password as that Windows 10 upgrade knocked off all my saved passwords and settings a couple of weeks ago. Now writing them in a book so I don’t have this problem again.

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    1. That is very much advised.

      One of Munguin’s uncles just had his computer pack up on him. On buying a new one he had absolutely no idea how to get into anything…


    2. Marcia, I use a free thing called Lastpass so I have only one password to remember – it’s web-based and therefore survives OS upgrades and computer meltdowns, though it sometimes does odd things. Things I consider odd, anyway. It would probably help to read the instructions on the tin, though that might be too sensible for me.

      Not the only such service, but your data is, they say, safe with them. Not that anything is going to stop the spooks, I suppose.

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      1. I used to have an organ donor card which had on the reverse “On no account to be visited by Margaret Thatcher”, or some such wording. I believe they were quite popular at the time. They may have been intended to apply post-harvesting as well, but I never did find out for sure.

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        1. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be in a hospital and, for whatever reason, get a visit from one of the royals of Jeremy Hunt or worse still, the Maybot, so I could be used as a photo-op.

          Has she got a multi-coloured neck brace on?

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