The Glasgow West End Web site – Launch Party!

In Autumn 1999 Jim and I went to Sweden when he won an international award for his work in creating access to information for disabled people, though his Making Connections Project.  Along with 10 other organisations he received the Global Bangemann Challenge award at a very swanky affair at the City Halls in Stockholm.  The King of Sweden was there and also Glasgow’s Lord Provost.
bangemann challenge

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.

Pat Byrne at the party

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 et al

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.

Party in Hall

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.

Party in kitchen

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.

Party in Living Room

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.

Ann Laird

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

Bruce and Roger

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.

Jimmy Byrne

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

Thanks to everyone who came along – it was a great night.

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