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christina byrneChristina Byrne 17 December, 1936 – 17 December, 2012

For many years Christina Byrne, my mother-in-law contributed to my website by writing great reviews and sending me some of her own stories and poems. She had a passion for writing,  She attended many writing festivals, helped establish and participated in writing groups and attended writing retreats and courses, including classes at the University of Glasgow, Centre for Open Studies.

Her work has been published in a range of magazines and she won a variety of awards for her writing. She created a large body of of work: poems, short stories and fascinating social history essays about her life as a child and young woman growing up in Clydebank during the 30s and 40s.

I am honoured to be able to publish her work on my website:

The Old Baths – Christina Byrne

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Social History Essay on Clydebank by Christina Byrne Go for a swim these days and you’ll find yourself in something called a Leisure Centre.  Swish and sophisticated it will have rooms with sprung dance floors and wall to wall mirrors for aerobic classes, a gym with lethal machines to trim, tone and torture, possibly a […]

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First School by Christina Byrne

(The Clydebank Blitz, evacuation, coupons  and going to primary school) We had been blitzed out of our house and evacuated to Airdrie. There we lived with a family of two adults and four children in a three-bedroomed house. Whilst some folk in our street went to live in large mansion-type houses, our hosts had a […]

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I Was A Child Of The Thirties – Christina Byrne

Christina Byrne – Essay on Growing Up in Clydebank I was a child of the thirties I was a child of the thirties and forties, growing up with rationing and war-time shortages, and one item that was in very short supply was money. My father had an allotment where he grew soft fruit and vegetables […]

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Christina Byrne – 17th December, 1936 – 17th December, 2012

A beautiful song Jim wrote in memory of his mother: Promise That We’ll Meet Again It was a terrible shock to her friends and family when Christina Byrne, my mother-in-law, did not recover from a heart operation just before Christmas, 2012. Christina, or Rena as she was also known, will be very much missed. She […]

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Glass Nylons and Woollen Combinations by Christina Byrne

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Starting work in Clydebank in the 50’s ‘You can start on Monday and the wage is 29/6d. a week with 2/5d. off for National Insurance.’ It was 1951 and I had been offered my first job. I was to work in the Scotch Wool and Hosiery Stores in Glasgow Road, Clydebank. I started at nine […]

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