On December the 11th 1999 we marked the launch of the Glasgow West End Web site with a party. It was a great night and we all ate, drank and got decidedly merry.
Getting everything arranged was a bit hectic but it was all worth it in the end.
In true West End style we decided to turn our home into an art gallery for the evening to display the work of local artist Susanne McGreevy and local photographer Eileen McCusker. At the end up we had an art gallery, cum Web site launch, cum party type of affair. Great fun.
Here are some pictures Jim took while we partied on.
Here I am passing the obligatory sausage rolls to Susan McLaughlin and John Coyle, part of the Clydebank contingent, who came out in force to help celebrate the launch of the Web site. Hanging on the wall in the background you can see my favourite painting by Susanne McGreevy.
Jackie Gulstad, on the right, West End style guru, having a laugh with Jess Fitzgerald, extreme left. and next to her Eleanor Gordon, writer and academic. You can see Maureen Saunder's back view - Maureen managed back to her old hunting grounds from her new home in Sutherland.
My best friend Mary McIntosh (nee McGoldrick) came up from London for the party, here she is chatting to Suzanne and Eileen plus some folk from Bannockburn and Clydebank.
On the left Neil and Graeme from local designer jewellery shop ORRO joined the throng. Back view of Jim's sister Rose , who made the trip through from Edinburgh, and on the right Frances Mildmay - knowledgeable Westender and United Nations Association Scottish Representative.
Some of the Old Kilpatrick gang enjoying the craic and catching up on old times. My brother Liam is on the right with other villagers Maureen and Jim Templeman.
Anne Laird, author of the book Hyndland - Edwardian Glasgow Tenement Suburb who popped in for ten minutes and stayed all evening, enjoying a chat with local Councillor Eamon Fitzgerald.
On the left Susanne McGreevy, artist, deep in conversation with Jess Fitzgerald.
On the left my brother Roger sharing a joke with Bruce Ferguson, drummer with the Hemingways and singer/percussionist of Spong.
The glamourous Lesley White - personal assistant to one of our new Members of the Scottish Parliament - Des McNulty. Hoping to create a Web site for you in the near future Des.
One of the highlights of the evening was when old school friends Maureen Saunders (left) and Jess Fitzgerald gave a rousing rendition of songs from their primary school concert including 'Sisters'. They were surprised and delighted to meet up at the party.
On the left the inimitable Jimmy Byrne, (Jim's dad) and party animal extraordinaire, with his daughter Rose.
Brian, who has now defected to the South Side of the city with his lovely companion, who was very enthusiastic about the photographs and paintings on show.
Thanks to everyone who came along - it was a great night.