Memories of Joy Sullivan
Published 14 Aug 2012 12:30 0 Comments
MY photograph from the past in last Tuesday's paper created much interest among readers, including relatives of those shown.
Reproduced today, it was submitted by Alex Nicolson whose late father, also Alex, was shown second from the left in the middle row.
Alex believed it was taken when his father worked for Kincaid's, but it transpires it was actually of employees at Joy Sullivan at Cappielow. His father worked for Kincaid's, then spent a number of years with Joy's before returning to the marine engineering firm. One of the first readers to call was Jackie Clark, whose late father John, who was a turner, was on the extreme left of the back row. Jackie, who also worked with Joy's, said his mother and Alex Nicolson senior's father were cousins.
I also heard from Jim McIlroy, who was employed by Joy's between 1971 and 1977.
Jim identified three people in the back row.
Willie Bowes was second from the left, an employee with the surname Dow, fifth from the left, and Dick Docherty third from the right. In the middle row, Jim named Hughie Mallan as being on the extreme left and an employee with the surname Mills fifth from the right. Laura Jack was delighted to see her late grandfather Iain Jack, second from the right front row.
She said: "I think he would have been around 50 here.
"It was taken when employees were getting awards for long service at Joy's.
"My grandpa got a gold watch for 25 years service." John Leith, who worked with Joy's for a long number of years, confirmed names advised and supplied others.
He said the back row included John McMenemy, Bobby Murphy and Alan Dow, respectively third, fourth and fifth from left. The middle row included John Fletcher, third left, Bill Spence, fifth left, and Jim Downie, Andy Strachan and Arthur Mills, respectively seventh, sixth and fifth from right, Jim McGonigle, third from right, and Abe Brinkman, extreme right. Second from the left in the front row was Hughie Gilmartin, who had played for Celtic.
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 14 Aug 12