Kirk Close

by William Harrison

Re your correspondents about Kirk Close.when I was a schoolboy we used to use it as a shotcut between the Cross and the school,although it wasn't really as it took about the same time.I remember Tom Conn's painting premises,and I think Crawfords joinery.where the StMargaret's church beadle Jimmy Hall workedDoes anyone remember the big kirk fire,I think it was in 1951?A Happy New Year to everyone in Dalry. 


marie henderson says

william harrison i remember the kirk fire we had to get out of the house and stay at mccarrols pub in case the steeple came on top of us the lady who worked for my mom.

her husband was caretaker their and get inportant shop papers sout of the house in case i stood and watch the fire after we got out

Geoffrey Graham says

I really started something with 'Kirk Close' didn't I?

Here's a bit more:-

I was staying in the close for a wedding. We took the Thames Clyde express on the wonderful Settle to Carlisle line to arrive a couple of days early because we were told that there would be more celebrations before the wedding than after it.

 We set off in with great anticipation wondering what the celebrations were. There was a lot of very enjoyable tooing and froing with scotch flowing like water but the one thing that I can remember most was the night before the do.

 About half a dozen of us waited until it was quite dark and then we put our coats on to go out. Rita went into a display cabinet and took out a guzzunder (chamberpot in scottish) and off we went into town to a lampost in the Cross. Without much ado the pot was placed under a lampost and a bottle of Bells was emptied into it. We all jumped over the potty and sang a little ditty then took a drink of the hard stuff. Rita picked the pot up and off we went to another lampost where she placed the pot on the floor again. I wasn't really sure why were going to so much pallaver just to get drunk. We were just about to repeat the last excercise when a couple emerged from a doorway and greeted us by pouring a bottle of whisky into the potty which we all jumped over again singing the same little ditty then taking a swig of  the water of life.

The whole purpose oif the ritual became clearer and clearer as the night wore on - a small group of sober individuals was becoming an army of somewhat inebriated disposition.

It was a great night out!

Do the natives of Dalry still jump the potty before a wedding or has it all been devoured by drink driving laws and soaps on the tele as so much has in England?

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