Nostalgia: Photo treasure trove found at Rothesay flat

Part of the extensive collection of old photographs unearthed by Chris Docherty at his home in Rothesay's High Street.
Part of the extensive collection of old photographs unearthed by Chris Docherty at his home in Rothesay's High Street.

Rothesay man Chris Docherty has uncovered a huge collection of family photographs and other memorabilia in a clear-out at his home in the town - and he’s shared the best of the results with The Buteman.

“My mum was Jacqueline Docherty, although she performed as Jackie Scott,” Chris told us. “I knew she’d played the accordion, but until we went through all these bags and boxes of stuff I didn’t know she’d performed in shows in Wales and Coventry.

“I knew my grandfather, Alistair Scott, had served time in prison, but I had no idea of the details until I found a bag of newspaper cuttings. It’s amazing that everything was kept!”

* A selection of Chris’s old photographs is published in the November 7 issue of The Buteman - though we’ve already had responses from readers able to identify some of those in the uncaptioned pictures.

The picture here shows Chris’s mother Jacqueline and her fellow performers in the cast of one of the Ella Wilson Gang Shows which were a popular feature of the local entertainment scene for many years.

Diane Rebecchi (nee Bellshaw), who now lives and works in Greenock, contacted us with a full list of names for this picture: from left to right they are Elaine Robertson, Irene McIlroy, Diane Bellshaw, Maureen Brown, Angela Duncan, Janice Simpson, Jeanette McCanch, Jacqueline Scott and Janice Reid.

Check out the full selection on pages 16 and 17 of our November 7 edition - on sale now.