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Oral Histories: Leisure in Falkirk

We interviewed Falkirk locals to find out what they did for leisure growing up. They shared memories of sweets, high street treats, dances and football heroes.

Oral history interviews by Russ Edwards. Edited by Ros Fraser.


Margy Stevenson remembers the thriving High Street in Falkirk in the 1950s and the annual dances that used to take place. She used to deliver ingredients to Mathieson's tea rooms where her father worked. 


John McMillan, who worked in a local foundry, recalls his uncle Jimmy who was a professional footballer for Scotland and beat England 2-0 in London – they were known as the Wembley Wizards afterwards! 

High Street Treats

Falkirk locals reminisce about the different foods you could get in the past from independent butchers, grocers, chippies, and of course, sweetie shops full of delicious treats… and then Chinese takeaways in the 1970s. 

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