The West End Festival Welcomes The Founders Trail.

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Just recently we reported on the fiasco surrounding the Founders Trail application for a stall at this years Gibson Street Festival.

We were refused the opportunity to further promote our wonderful story and raise funds for charity on the strength of four complaints the organisers had received after we’d manned what was a very successful stall at last years event.

One complaint had stated that ” The festival shouldn’t be aligning itself with a bigoted organisation.

The full story is in here.

http://blog.thegallantpioneers.co.uk/wp/?p=659

It was deeply disappointing for us as our Founders had all settled in the West End of the City upon arriving in Glasgow in 1871 and this was something we were very keen to promote within that community.

On Sunday i received a phone call from the committee of the larger event which is the West End Festival saying that they were fully aware of the way we’d been treated by the Gibson Street Festival and that they’d be ”delighted if we would accept their offer of a Stall at their event on Sunday 9th June. ”

They were keen to highlight that our Stall , as had been the case when we attended two years ago, would enhance the event and would add something a little bit different.

We were delighted to accept.

We’ve always seen the Founders story as an educational project telling the quite remarkable story of a group of kids who came into Glasgow from rural Scotland and formed one of the world’s greatest sporting institutions.

It’s pure Hollywood but it happened here on the streets of Glasgow.

This will also ensure that our chosen charities, helped enormously with the humbling fund-raising undertook by the Rangers support , won’t miss out.

See you all on Sunday 9th June.

http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/eve…-sunday-parade

New photographs of First Ibrox from 1897.

As there are only a couple of know pictures of First Ibrox in circulation we were delighted to find during our research another seven.

They were taken at the Govan Police Sports in May 1897.

Picture 1 – The Govan Police Band lead out the Tug of War teams past the pavilion.

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Picture 2 – The Govan Police Band.

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Picture 3 – Highland Dancing. The open stand at the rear runs in the same direction as the modern Govan Stand.

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Picture 4 – Police cycle race starting at the same stand that’s in the previous picture.

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Picture 5 – The Glasgow tug of War team with the pavilion in the background. The chap on the right was described in the report of the games as “the famous 20-stone Kennedy”.

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Picture 6 – The Police ready to start the sprints.

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Picture 7 – The Govan Police Band have their own heat of sprints. The houses in the back of this and the previous picture is Ibrox Terrace which still stands today.

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Picture 8 – Then and Now showing Ibrox Terrace. In 1897 Copland Road was a lot narrower and closer to Ibrox Terrace.

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