Maybole is a strange place. Why ?
Because not matter what you are doing or where you are in the world
you find your mind wandering back to it , reminiscing on the
fantastic times we had growing up there.
Even though I was born in Glasgow in
1968 my father Andrew Robertson and mother Jean Robertson decided
that in 1972 Maybole would be the perfect place for myself my
younger brother Mark and my sister Mandy to grow up. My dads family
although from Glasgow had been in Maybole for many years , my
grandfather William and his giant of a brother Samuel where well
known faces in the town .
When we first moved there my mother
was distraught , she was away from her mother and sisters in
Glasgow, but soon enough she would settle down after meeting two
life long friends Jessie Bissett and Senga McBride . My mum wasn't
the only one to meet a life long friend because this was when I met
Jim Brown my best friend for over 40 years . We had left a room and
kitchen and moved into a huge 3 bed room house at 154 Minnoch
Crescent. ( it even had a bath) no more trips to the baths at the
local swimming pool.
My class were the first primary 1 at
the brand new Gardenrose primary , a modern state of the art school
that would nurture and guide young minds on to the path of great
things .lol Growing up in " High Living" as it was known! was
fantastic we had two great areas "the triangle" and "fine view" were
our football skills would be honed to perfection. Every night a
motley crew would assemble to play football , kick the can or team
In 1979 we were on the move again this
time to 21 Enoch Road the next estate up and the last house in
Maybole. So as I was starting Carrick Academy my parents moved as
far away as you could get in "High Living" . Carrick Academy a place
were young adults are moulded into the people they will eventually
become. Who can forget Stucky Stirling , Big Tam Proudfoot , Foamy
Alexander all legends within the teaching profession.
Away from school we would spend long
summers at "Maybole shore" were the whole town seemed to migrate
too. Who can forget walking down the "rough road" or the fantastic
site of Jimmy Hannah's minibus appearing around the corner , picking
you up at the stones roundabout. I remember when no less than 20 of
us would cycle out to Culzean to acquaint ourselves with the fruit
in the walled gardens. I was very fortunate that my mother worked at
the kiosk at the castle so for few summers anyway I am sure the
National trust of Scotland's profits maybe were not what they should
On leaving school every body seemed to
go and work at Douglas Engineering down in Murray gardens . A
factory where all the men folk from the same families worked,
everyone had a brother, father or uncle there . I still remember my
first day walking down the stairs to the then known carport factory
, where 25 of us would sit around a bench putting tape on the kodak
Following on from a long week at the
factory we had the Town Hall disco to look forward too on a Friday
night were you had the chance to wear your newest MOD item of
clothing or shoes, wearing a Merton parka in the summer wasn't fun!
The great thing about starting to work was you got paid which meant
you had money for beer. Then Maybole had an abundance of pubs , The
Grey Man, The Star, The Carrick, The Gluepot, The Masons, The
Greenside, The Saints to name a few. You knew the pubs your old man
drunk in so you gave them a wide berth and usually you were ok.
So when I decided to join the Royal
Navy in 1985 my excitement was tinged with a little bit of sadness
as I was leaving my home.
I did return to Maybole briefly in 1993 for a short period but I
have been away for the best part of 30 years . So now living in
Jordanhill in Glasgow for over 20 years with my 3 daughters Rachel
, Amanda and Julia I often think of my great child hood growing up
in Maybole .
My parents Andy &Jean owned the
Ardlochan Hotel in Maidens for 22 years but now live in Ayr near my
sister and brother.
So the question I ask is even though I wasn't born in Maybole , even
though I haven't lived there for 20 odd years, when some asks me
where are you from I tell them without hesitation I am from Maybole
and I am a Minnieboler .
I just wanted to share this story .