Yvonne remembers Westquarter Glen

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Long before iPads, Playstations and mobile phones were invented, children only had their imagination to make recreation time interesting.

Long before iPads, Playstations and mobile phones were invented, children only had their imagination to make recreation time interesting.

Yvonne Wicks from Westquarter remembers times with fondness growing up in the area when she lived in houses in Dovecote Road and Westquarter Avenue with 12 other members of her family - two grandparents, two parents, three aunts, three uncles and two sisters.

“We never felt crowded,” she said. “Because we never knew any better.

“The neighbours were really friendly. The children all just seemed to play and we shared. And if there was a neighbour who was ill there was always a wee pan of soup. There was a real community spirit then.”

Yvonne says her family was the first in the growing village to have a TV set, but even that couldn’t keep her and her friends indoors.

She added: “We used to play ‘wee hooses’ in the Glen. We made a broom and swept up, stones were laid out for different rooms and docken leaves for your fish.

“You didn’t have a lot play back then. Your imagination just over. It was great fun and it was safe.”

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