Falkirk shop brings back sweet memories

John Murrie with sisters Jane-Anne and Elizabeth outide the Glasgow buildings in 1962
John Murrie with sisters Jane-Anne and Elizabeth outide the Glasgow buildings in 1962

Old fashioned sweet shops may be a thing of the past but one Falkirk confectionary store holds special memories for John Murrie from Tamfourhill.

John, who will be 55 on Sunday, and his sisters Jane-Anne and Elizabeth lived in the old Glasgow buildings near Tommy Gray’s sweet shop in Melrose Place, Dundee Court at a time when soor plooms were as popular as Mars Bars are today.

John said: “I remember all the shops around us at that time when we lived in the Glasgow buildings. It was a great time.

“We lived two closes along from Tommy Gray’s so it was safe for us to run along whenever we had money for a sweet.

“Because I was the oldest I had to take care of my sisters.

“I remember the Mathiesons and Fishers bakeries too because we used to get hot rolls with butter on them before school.”

Tommy Gray’s shop is now Hugh Hendry and Son decorators.