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On the 15th August 1934 Bennie Parsonage was called to the Monkland Canal to search for a man presumed drowned. 

Youth Drowned in Monkland Canal in Vain Swim for Liberty.
Barlinnie Break Thrills Large Crowds - Five Captured After Prompt Pursuit.

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The World Famous Bettys Bar
Glasgow’s Lord Provost was taken to a dockland pub while visiting Murmansk in Russia. Locals were huddled round their glasses of vodka ignoring our beloved provost as no one seemed to know or care about where Glasgow was; until someone mentioned Bettys Bar; then all the Russian sailors gathered round the Provost shouting about and toasting Bettys Bar; yes, all the sailors had heard of Bettys Bar.

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In May 1941 heavy and continuous rain fell for three days in the Clyde catchment area, the rain gauge in Glasgow showing 2.65 inches for the period. As the catchment area is about 1,500 square miles it is estimated that about 200million tons of floodwater passed down the river in three days.

The River level rose very quickly and the consequent turbulence caused the piling along the south bank downstream of the weir to give way. The water worked its way in behind the piles quickly scouring away part of the foundations of the south abutment and within a few hours the downstream half of the abutment collapsed into the river taking away support from the south gate which was translated downstream thus releasing the impounded waters. Temporary measures were put in hand the south gate was restored to its normal position and the escape of water through the south span was thus checked. On the north side of the river a retaining wall adjoining the north abutment collapsed on account of scouring action.

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On Wednesday 31st July 1895, Miss Alma Beaumont parachuted out of her hot air balloon and dropped into the River Clyde a little east of the Green Suspension Bridge. She had been taking part in the Carnival at Coplawhill Road as a lady astronaut.
George Geddes fearing that she would land in the Clyde had put off in a boat with an assistant Dan Bree to be able to render assistance if necessary.

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The first photo was taken in the early 1950’s from the top of the Co-operative building. You will note that there is a centre rail on the Bridge and a centre light hanging from two semi-circular girders. The bridge at this time was painted Mid Brunswick Green. I remember the centre light being gas. Most of the lighting in the Park up until the late 1950’s was by gas. The clubhouses along the riverside all used gas, and I remember a group with electric guitars looking very sheepish when they turned up expecting to play at a dance in one of the buildings.

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Christmas can be a sad time for people, especially those who have lost a loved one during the year. They can be lonely and we should all be on the lookout for signs of lonely people and try to give them company and comfort. So it was with the old lady who entered the River Clyde next to the Glasgow Humane Society House on Christmas Eve. She had waited until my Dad was at the boathouse so that when the shout went up “someone in the water” Ben would be on hand to quickly get her out. In the House being tended to by my mother Sadie while awaiting the Ambulance, the old lady admitted that she had planned this as she was lonely since her husband had died and her family had all set up their own houses, but now she would spend Christmas Eve in Hospital and at least get a Christmas Meal. Happily her family who had not realised just how lonely their mother was, rallied round and the old lady spent Christmas with them...

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