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Nostalgia aint what it used to be…..

I heard a wee item on BBC Scotland the other day about the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and there was reference to that theatre’s policy in the 70s of offering all seats for 50p.

This brought to mind a production of Dracula from 1977 which included some nude scenes. The photo below was taken during that run:

Lord Provost, Peter McCann, in a world free from the constraints of political correctness,called for the sacking of theatre bosses. He described the Dracula production as “kinky claptrap appealing only to mentally ill weirdos” (Sunday Express, 13 March 1977). The Provost’s calls were not supported by his councillors and his attempts to gain city council control of programming at the Citizens failed.

Of course in times when the lingerie section of the Kays catalogue was considered a bit risqué  Provost McCann’s outburst all but guaranteed that mentally ill weirdos filled every seat in the theatre for the entire run of the said kinky claptrap.

Anyway, as I sought the photo above at Urban Glasgow I also found this cracker from the seventies of St Enoch Square.

Something that caught my eye was the rather odd sign below that of the one for the St Enoch Hotel.

They came as a boon and a blessing to men, The Pickwick, the Owl and the Waverley Pen.

On checking I found that this piece of doggerel was the advertising slogan of Edinburgh pen manufacturers MacNiven and Cameron:


5 Responses

  1. How many 50p’s did you spend…..

  2. Quite a few. There was a season ticket option……

  3. I remember the square well but cannot place the St. Enoch Hotel. Is that where the geodectic dome is now? Or should I say, is the geodectic dome still there?

    I remember my auld man almost having a heart attack when I told him that me and a few friends were meeting up in ‘The Square Peg’ bar in St. Enoch’s Square. Apparantly in his day, the Peg and Lauder’s Bar were haunts of young men who ‘played for the other team’. I thought at the time it was weird for Jags supporters to be so far from Maryhill.

  4. Tam, the St Enoch Hotel was huge. Its location is now occupied by the shopping centre.

  5. Thanks for the mind jogging photo Rab. HOW could I have forgotten something of that scale? As soon as I seen the canopy at the front I recognised it, I think that I was trying to imagine the front of the hotel being on Argylle St.

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