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I do not like talking about “cases” that may bring back unhappy memories to people, but recently I have been asked details about the television film “Plain Sight”-so here are some details of the Glashow Humane Society involvement.

Peter Thomas Anthony Manuel (13 March 1927 – 11 July 1958) was an AmericanScottish serial killer who was convicted of murdering a total of seven people across Lanarkshire and southern Scotland between 1956 and his arrest in January 1958, and is believed to have murdered two more, nine in all. Prior to his arrest, the media nicknamed the unidentified killer "the Beast of Birkenshaw". Manuel was hanged at Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison on Friday, July 11, 1958; he was one of the last prisoners to die on the Barlinnie gallows.

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‘Yo Ho Ho, Sleigh bells ringing, stocking filled and all that. People rowing and sculling up and down the river dressed as Santa Claus, children making snowmen in the Park, robin red breasts, Christmas pudding, Mink turning white. Works parties, outdoor markets, the Crib in the City square. Shovelling snow, windsurfer sledging, safety warnings.

Yes we have had our moments over the Christmas/New year period; we’ve had the good and the bad, the happy and the sad.

Shovelling the snow away to enable all the emergency necessities to be available if required

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‘Glasgow Courier, Saturday February 14, 1795. During the temporary thaw on Tuesday night, two Gabberts at the Broomielaw, one of which was loaded

with coals, were sunk by the ice; and another driven from her moorings. The Clyde, which was then broken-up, for about a mile above, and two miles

below, is again frozen over. A Gabbert is a type of lighter or barge, used in the 17th through 19th century. They are small one-masted sailing or coasting

vessel. Used mostly for inland navigation, especially on the River Clyde’.

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On the 20th September 1967 the ship Yard No 736 was launched at John Browns on the Clyde. 50yrs Clyde Built

On the 30th September 1944 the keels were laid for the building of the 935 and the 936 (licence numbers) on the Clyde at Glasgow Green. 64yrs Clyde built

Wartime restrictions were in force. The following documents speak for themselves.

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In the 1800’s Glasgow Humane Society was encouraging ships to use proper gangways instead of planks that people just fell off. The thing was that if they did fall off, how were they to going to get out of the water? Most ladders were only for getting off boats or ships and did not reach down to the surface of the water.

Now here’s another misnomer! Even if a ladder reached the water, unless the ladder extended 2 metres or 6ft below the surface, you had nowhere to put your feet to help you climb out. There’s very few of us who could use our arms only to pull our weight out of the water and up the ladder, especially with soaking wet clothes.

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We headed (We was Father and I (Ben and George)) for Belvidere where our assistance was requested by Police.

It transpired that a stolen articulated truck (according to witnesses a Cadbury’s truck) had been driven at speed down the path that runs at right angles to the river at the west side of the old Belvidere Hospital off London Road, had shot out over the banking, entered the river and immediately sunk.

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