Aberdeen reminiscences (mostly shops)

Aberdeen reminiscences (mostly shops)

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Deansfield

138 posts

71 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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PeteThePunk said:
Trying to remember the pub in Correction Wynd, just a few feet up from the Toy Bazaar?
Stewart lounge, remember it well

mikeswagon

310 posts

108 months

Tuesday 15th December 2020
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Enjoyed having a trawl through this thread, even though I'm a teuchter who only got into 'the toon' for school clothes as a lad, Robert Raes and C&A probably.

I had to laugh at the mention of Star Computers - Gary Marshall was the young lads name. He sponsored the first sprint we held on the newly laid track at the Grampian Transport Museum, and I remember him turning up in the Esprit Turbo in a lovely white suit, ideal for what was still a muddy site

Talking of cars, I used to walk past Speccy Cars on Stanley St, and John Clark on Gray St when I started working in town.

eck c

339 posts

161 months

Wednesday 16th December 2020
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mikeswagon said:
I had to laugh at the mention of Star Computers - Gary Marshall was the young lads name. He sponsored the first sprint we held on the newly laid track at the Grampian Transport Museum, and I remember him turning up in the Esprit Turbo in a lovely white suit, ideal for what was still a muddy site
I vaguely remember when he wrote off his car going along the prom.

Beato

203 posts

92 months

Friday 1st January
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Was he the one that had one of the white sapphire cosworths that used to run about town in the late 80s. There used to be at least three of them racing around the town.

Although possibly someone else on reflection that had a shop in Torry

Edited by Beato on Saturday 2nd January 10:37

Deansfield

138 posts

71 months

Wednesday 6th January
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Yes solicitor on Menzies Rd

Beato

203 posts

92 months

Thursday 14th January
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Deansfield said:
Yes solicitor on Menzies Rd
Cheers

PaulD86

1,275 posts

93 months

Friday 15th January
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mikeswagon said:
Talking of cars, I used to walk past Speccy Cars on Stanley St, and John Clark on Gray St when I started working in town.
Don't suppose anyone has any pics of the Stanley St one do they? I've failed to find any.

I'm only 34 but was just thinking how many petrol stations and car dealers I can remember that are now shut. I remember going with my dad to pick up various new Fords from the dealers on Great Western Road. There was a Harpers and a Cordiners both at one point IIRC.

John-dxtdn

5 posts

5 months

Wednesday 24th February
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Semi hemi said:
Casa Marcini(sp) was the one on King St and the place on Nelson St was a manufacturer/wholesale place
New here, so I am only just seeing this old thread.

I used to live opposite Carcones at 45 Nelson Street. When I was a Cub, Casa Marcini was my favourite place during Bob-A-Job Week as he always let me sweep out the basement. I remember the smell of beer coming from the Pittodrie bar too, and the etched glass windows - McEwans Pale Ale.

John-dxtdn

5 posts

5 months

Wednesday 24th February
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New here so catching up, and apologies if there are answers elsewhere.

[Woolies was on St Nicholas Street, next to the Equitable.]
aka Little Woolies, because the one on Union was Big Woolies!

[Where was the SMT Garage?]
Bon-Accord Street

[Where was The Alexander Buses Depot not the bus station but where they stored the buses.]
Gairn Terrace

John-dxtdn

5 posts

5 months

Wednesday 24th February
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luggit said:
I well remember going to Rober Rae in either Marischal Street and George Street for my denims and Ben Sherman slim fit shirts !!!!
After Raes in Marischal Street I would cross the road to Telemech's the record shop and hang out with the other long-haired guys while listening to Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.

John-dxtdn

5 posts

5 months

Wednesday 24th February
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Pablo16v said:
Some great memories on this thread. How about......

Allans toy shop on Market street. I used to get all my Scalextric & Hornby stuff from there in the early/mid eighties. It was a fantastic place to visit as a kid/teenager.

Fine Fare at the Brig o Dee. We used to get our weekly shop there on the way to visit my Grandparents in Cults.
Grandfare at the top the Shiprow. They had the first automatic doors in Scotland.

John-dxtdn

5 posts

5 months

Wednesday 24th February
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stiglet said:
Semi hemi said:
Kiltie said:
OK, before I get on to the main subject, I'm trying to remember the name of a tea room above what is now the Trinity Centre. As I recall, it sounded like a foreign / exotic name. Any ideas?

Right then ...

  • Isaac Benzie's
  • Watt & Grant
  • Gordon & Smith (grocer at the top of Union Street)
  • The Rubber Shop
... more later.

Eric smile
I raise you Reid & Pearsons
Call - "Happy Trails" hippy
LOL what about Falconers?

Gramrugby

497 posts

175 months

Thursday 25th February
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There were three pubs on Queen Street prior to the redevelopment. Can anyone name them ?

Deansfield

138 posts

71 months

Thursday 11th March
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Gramrugby said:
There were three pubs on Queen Street prior to the redevelopment. Can anyone name them ?
I can’t remember one ! And I’ve been around a wee while wink

andybebop

22 posts

49 months

Thursday 11th March
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Artillery Tavern was one I think, or the Volunteer.One of my older drinking buddies suggests the Banks of Ythan.

Edited by andybebop on Thursday 11th March 08:55


Edited by andybebop on Thursday 11th March 09:32

Gramrugby

497 posts

175 months

Friday 12th March
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Andy Bebop Not bad. One and a half out of three. That's a clue to the other one and a half!

Gramrugby

497 posts

175 months

Friday 12th March
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Deansfield said:
I can’t remember one ! And I’ve been around a wee while wink
Not long enough!

andybebop

22 posts

49 months

Friday 12th March
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Gramrugby said:
Andy Bebop Not bad. One and a half out of three. That's a clue to the other one and a half!
This has started a bit of an argument herelaugh A friend has just dropped off a copy of "The Aberdeen Pub Companion" (Archibald Hopkin 1975) to support his answers

Artillery Arms 64 Queen Street
Banks of Ythan 56 Queen Street
Volunteer Arms (Westies) 73 Queen Street

We are also arguing about the life sized child charity collection boxes. I think there was one of a wee boy with polio outside the Rubber Shop attached with a chain. Can anyone confirm? My friend suggests a wee girl further along George Street.


Edited by andybebop on Friday 12th March 17:55


Edited by andybebop on Saturday 13th March 08:13

Gramrugby

497 posts

175 months

Sunday 14th March
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There was a child collection box at the Rubber Shop. I remember getting school sports kit there. Regarding the pubs there were three. The Banks of Ythan, Banks of Ury and the Volunteer Arms. At least that's what I remember, but it was a long time ago!
I also fondly remember Mckays in those days, where if you went to Grammar or Gordon's you would buy an ex Army or RAF bag.
Anyone remember the Stags Head ?

Deansfield

138 posts

71 months

Monday 15th March
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Remember it well 👍