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Glasgow West End: About Pat Byrne

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The Glasgow West End Web site - Launch Party! all the news and incriminating pictures. πŸ™‚

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Although born in Glasgow at Rottenrow Maternity Hospital (December, 1946), I was brought up in Old Kilpatrick, a village half way between Glasgow and Loch Lomond. When I was young it was a great treat to go 'up the town' and Glasgow has always seemed to me an exciting place to be.

Whilst familiar with the City Centre the West End was a later discovery - when I went to Glasgow University as a student in the late 70's I began my exploration of its cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. In 1982 I lived in Vinnicombe Street for a few months with my friend Marcia De'Oliveira then in 1990 I bought a flat in Oakfield Avenue in Hillhead. In 1992 I moved round the corner to Glasgow Street where I lived with my husband, Jim Byrne (songwriter, musician and Internet guru) until, 2007.

Now we are in Anniesland and I kind of miss being in the heart of the West End and remain smitten by the area. I have continued my investigation and remain intrigued by the place, the people, the parks, the history, the architecture and the atmosphere and continue my observation as though a privileged visitor.

I love to stroll round the Botanics and take my grandson, Ryan, to the Children's Garden, to the swings at Kelvingrove and to the Transport Museum. I like going to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a place that you just cannot tire of and having a little wander around The Hunterian at Glasgow University. I'm very attached to the University; I worked there for a short spell and graduated, twice, and Jim and I were married there in the University Chapel in 1991.

I love the buzz of Byres Road, the new establishments, the old favourites, the lanes and the interesting shops and shopkeepers. I enjoy the variety and contrasts to be found on Great Western Road - the extensive retail therapy on offer, the view from Kelvinbridge, the elegance of the grand terraces, the huge mature trees and the liveliness of the people.

The creation of this Web-site has provided me with the perfect, and most legitimite, of reasons for dining out, going out and finding out more about the West End. Family, friends and their friends are also enthusiastic so I am enjoying listening to their views and absorbing new information - which I will be able to pass on through www.glasgowwestend.co.uk

Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your own stories - whether it be memories of the West End, where to find great bargains, or even why my views of the West End are all wrong - anything in fact you think is interesting.

Also get in touch if you would like to contribute to the site. .

Pat Byrne
The Picture House
Ascot Gate
Glasgow
G12 0AP
0141 334 1650

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