Pollokshaws lights up!

The kids in Pollokshaws shrieked with delight at the impressive display.
The kids in Pollokshaws shrieked with delight at the impressive display.

POLLOKSHAWS celebrated 100 years of being a part of Glasgow, and 200 years as a burgh, in some style.

An event was held in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall on Monday evening where politicians such as Tom Harris MP, bailie Josephine Docherty, James Dornan MSP and councillor Stephen Curran all spoke about the great history of the area and vowing to make the improvements necessary to build on that historic past.

The evening was framed by a projector firing images of Pollokshaws down the ages in the background of the politicians.

Pollokshaws was a burgh from 1812 until it was annexed by the city of Glasgow in 1912.

Once an industrial area, it was decided that Pollokshaws would become the second Comprehensive Development Area in Glasgow – with the first being Hutchestown.

It was also the home of famed Glasgow socialist and Red Clydesider, John McLean and the streets of the area were mobbed by thousands when McLean’s funeral took place.

But the history of the area goes back further than the 200 years being noted in the Burgh Halls.

The first mention of the name Pollokshaws dates as far back as 1536 in a Papal Bull concerning the Maxwell family – who were great benefactos of the people who lived in the area.

And now people can be justly proud of the area as they aspire to build on the good work done over the years.

But, for the kids it was all about the fun of the occasions.

A mini disco was put on while the firework display was being assembled and, afterwards, the local children were shrieking with delight as the fireworks lit up the night sky.