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Duncan Macrae (1905 -1967) used to recite the "Wee Cock Sparra! regularly at the TV Hogmanay programmes broadcast in the 1950's and 1960's.

A wee cock sparra sat on a tree
A wee cock sparra sat on a tree
A wee cock sparra sat on a tree
An' it was chirpin' awa' as blithe as could be

Alang came a boy, wi' a bow an' an arra
Alang came a boy, wi' a bow an' an arra
Alang came a boy, wi' a bow an' an arra
An' he said Ill get ya, ya wee cock sparra

The boy with the arra let fly at the sparra
The boy with the arra let fly at the sparra
The boy with the arra let fly at the sparra
And he hit a man, that was hurlin' a barra

The man with the barra came oor with  the  arra 
The man with the barra came oor with the arra
The man with the barra came oor with the arra
And he said, Do you take me for a wee cock sparra??

The man hit the boy, though he wasnae his fatha
The man hit the boy, though he wasnae his fatha
The man hit the boy, though he wasnae his fatha
An' the boy stood and glowered, for he was hurt to the marra

An' all the time, the wee cock sparra
An' all the time, the wee cock sparra
An' all the time, the wee cock sparra
Sat chirpin' awa on the shaft o' the barra


The building in the above pic is now St Philips School near Plains
See Coatbridge Burgh

The Senior Baillie Thomas Gilchrist was the leading light behind the formation of Coatbridge Co-operative Society C1871

Coatbridge Hotel - area now
Woodside Care Home
Photo by Brian Cairns


The  Big Heids at Newhouse
see other sculptures

Video of Coatbridge Co-op Branches


Douglas Support Mansion - as it was See the Viewpark Glen Conservation group on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douglas-support-viewpark-glen/153556961467336

Main St Coatbridge c1960s - note the DER - TV rentals shop - just past SINGER - replaced by ASDA shopping mall


In a state which is desirous of being saved from the greatest of all plagues--there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for
both are productive of great evil . .

Plato -Greek philosopher (427-347 B.C.)


Read:
The Kipps War Memorial

by Grant Cullen


Add YOUR memories - Genealogy - Local History 


Read the poem that lists the men from
Buchanan Street in Coatbridge
who went to war in 1914-1918 - can you identify any of the names??  Maybe your Grandfather? 
BUCHANAN STREET SOLDIER LADS

(Second List) By JAMES SCULLION

Betty Mc Neilly has already identified her Grandfather Robert Gribben who came home after the war racked with Mustard Gas effects.  He spent some time at Erskine Hospital.Send an email to Monklands Memories


More from the Monklands Poet

Read about Drumpellier Country Park


The Britannia Panopticon Glasgow

 

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