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Nostalgia: On the dance floor at Rothesay pier

The generous space in the Rothesay pier terminal building which opened in 1968 led to the building being used for many community events, such as this dance at which Gil Tod and the Tikis provided the music. The building itself had a relatively short life, being pulled down in the early 1990s due to structural concerns and replaced by the building which still provides waiting and office facilities on the pier today.

The generous space in the Rothesay pier terminal building which opened in 1968 led to the building being used for many community events, such as this dance at which Gil Tod and the Tikis provided the music. The building itself had a relatively short life, being pulled down in the early 1990s due to structural concerns and replaced by the building which still provides waiting and office facilities on the pier today.

 

This week’s trip down memory lane, as featured in the May 23 edition of The Buteman, shows a dance held at the Rothesay pier concourse in the late 1960s.

The picture was submitted by Iain Gillespie of Rothesay, who recalls that the band who played at this particular event, one of many making use of the generous space in the ‘new’ pier building opened by the Queen Mother in 1968, was the ‘Gil Tod and the Tikis Showband’.

Gil, though not from Rothesay himself, worked in the Maypole grocery shop in Montague Street for a spell as a relief manager, and was a colleague of Iain’s younger brother.

Gil’s recollections of the band and its Rothesay performances will form part of the 2014 edition of The Buteman’s sister title, Back in the Day, due on sale towards the end of June - don’t miss it!

* Does the scene above reawaken any of your memories of dances held at Rothesay pier? Or did Gil Tod and the Tikis leave a lasting impression on you?

If this story, or any of the items in our Nostalgia section, stir any recollections of Bute in times gone by, or make you think about digging out that box of old pictures from under the bed, why not share them with readers of The Buteman?

You can send your pictures of the people, places and events of times gone by on Bute to The Buteman, 5 Victoria Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0AJ. (Please include an SAE for return of prints by post.) If you have any old pictures scanned and saved on to your computer, they can be emailed to news@buteman.com (or just click on the email address at the top of this story). In either case, if you can supply as much information as possible about the picture we’d be extra grateful!

 

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