Aberdeen reminiscences (mostly shops)

Aberdeen reminiscences (mostly shops)

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Gramrugby

497 posts

176 months

Monday 15th March
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Deansfield said:
Remember it well ??
I had my first pint in there at a very under age!

Deansfield

138 posts

72 months

Tuesday 16th March
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Gramrugby said:
I had my first pint in there at a very under age!
Guilty also but not the stags head, butchers arms,
I went for a lunchtime pint instead of staying in the playground !

Gramrugby

497 posts

176 months

Tuesday 16th March
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I'd been going to the Lampie for about a year at the weekends. One Friday I went in and asked for a pint. Sandy Brown asked how old are you ?
Quick calculation nearly 19. So why were you running up Queens Road on Wednesday afternoon in a Grammar blazer ? Make that a coke!

Rod200SX

7,792 posts

144 months

Tuesday 16th March
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Must be a fair few Grammar folk here, though I'd imagine I'm possibly a bit younger (28) than most, going by the placenames being discussed here hehe

PaulD86

1,278 posts

94 months

Tuesday 16th March
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Grammar from 98-04 for me. The last of the years in the Mr Johnston era. Sadly he died around 3 years later - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-...

Gramrugby

497 posts

176 months

Tuesday 16th March
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You're both far too young to have gone to Grammar!

dxg

6,235 posts

228 months

Tuesday 16th March
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Anyone remember when the Grammar burn down?

Gramrugby

497 posts

176 months

Tuesday 16th March
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Only part of it. Fire started in the roof above the library. I had to attend a meeting there about 20 years ago. Wish I hadn't. It broke my heart to see the "rebuilt" internal works following the fire.

dxg

6,235 posts

228 months

Tuesday 16th March
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It was a builder's blow-torch catching something, if I recall.

It got hot enough to split the granite window mullions...

Rod200SX

7,792 posts

144 months

Tuesday 16th March
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PaulD86 said:
Grammar from 98-04 for me. The last of the years in the Mr Johnston era. Sadly he died around 3 years later - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-...
You would've been there around the same time as my brother, I think. I'd have started as you left.

I had a bit of a rough time there but it was good. Some tremendous teachers. I think everyone of all ages remembers Mr May.

PaulD86

1,278 posts

94 months

Wednesday 17th March
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Rod200SX said:
PaulD86 said:
Grammar from 98-04 for me. The last of the years in the Mr Johnston era. Sadly he died around 3 years later - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-...
You would've been there around the same time as my brother, I think. I'd have started as you left.

I had a bit of a rough time there but it was good. Some tremendous teachers. I think everyone of all ages remembers Mr May.
Would he have been years above or below me? I'll never forget Mr May - how many chemistry teachers come in with their accordion and sing the periodic table?! I also remember him holding a test tube of liquid in a Bunsen burner and it starting to boil - one of my classmates pointed out to him that "DO NOT BOIL" was on the instructions in bold and double underlined. In a moment of perfect comedy timing Mr May started to laugh just as half the liquid shot out of the tube and a lad had to literally threw himself to the floor to avoid the liquid which landed on the stool he had been sat on.

Gramrugby

497 posts

176 months

Wednesday 17th March
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Bill May, better known to my generation as Daisy. He is the only non FP to be have been made a member of the FP Association. He regularly set fire to things!

swanny200

111 posts

106 months

Wednesday 12th May
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Not been on in a while and while searching on t'internet for something else, this thread came up.

Left in 1990 for pastures new but I remember Mr G's, I remember the church up the Lang Stracht shops not being a church, The Cocket Hat, up there too. I used to live in Stockethill so remember the pub that used to be at the top of Forresterhill Road but cannot remember the name of it.

Remember trying to get up to the top of the Multi's round there too.

My Sister used to go clubbing round by the old C&A was it the apple tree pub or something like that, I remember the Market when it was a proper market with the fish market out back.

I remember when the Trinity Centre first opened up, What Everyone Wants, the Cinema on Union Street down that end too as my mum was a cleaner there and I got to see a few decent movies.

Bon Accord Baths and the science place next to it, Cordiners garage.

The old Bus Station where I used to wait for my Gran who worked at the Commissioners club, before going to the 22 club.

I remember when Portlethen and round that way was a small village.

A lot of memories, but was 11 when I left, was surprised when I looked up my old primary school Cornhill and it has not changed one bit on google maps.

Deansfield

138 posts

72 months

Saturday 22nd May
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That’ll be Murdos. funny how we always remember the pubs when giving directions

swanny200

111 posts

106 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Still Murdo's, I left there 30 years ago, thought it would have changed its name by now.

West17

155 posts

129 months

Wednesday 9th June
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What was the name of the big nightclub down on the beachfront? Used to go there as a student in the 90’s. You got a free bottle of cheap sparkling wine on your birthday and my flat mates and I had more than one name and birthday. Don’t think they checked addresses!

Also what happened to the student union opposite Marashall College. Was a great place over several floors. Had good times there but think it has since closed?

Used to share a flat on bridge street. Door was between two kebab shops which was well handy on the way home. Just down the street from the Eskimo bar (I think?)

Fond memories of my time in Aberdeen.


downthepub

1,277 posts

174 months

Wednesday 9th June
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West17 said:
What was the name of the big nightclub down on the beachfront? Used to go there as a student in the 90’s. You got a free bottle of cheap sparkling wine on your birthday and my flat mates and I had more than one name and birthday. Don’t think they checked addresses!

Also what happened to the student union opposite Marashall College. Was a great place over several floors. Had good times there but think it has since closed?

Used to share a flat on bridge street. Door was between two kebab shops which was well handy on the way home. Just down the street from the Eskimo bar (I think?)

Fond memories of my time in Aberdeen.
That would be Amadeus down at the beach. Loved it.

I can’t remember the reason why they shut the Union, seems a shame as there was a good variety of venues in the building. At least in the early to mid ‘90s….

8bit

3,209 posts

123 months

Wednesday 9th June
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West17 said:
What was the name of the big nightclub down on the beachfront? Used to go there as a student in the 90’s. You got a free bottle of cheap sparkling wine on your birthday and my flat mates and I had more than one name and birthday. Don’t think they checked addresses!

Also what happened to the student union opposite Marashall College. Was a great place over several floors. Had good times there but think it has since closed?

Used to share a flat on bridge street. Door was between two kebab shops which was well handy on the way home. Just down the street from the Eskimo bar (I think?)

Fond memories of my time in Aberdeen.
As above, Amadeus was the club at the beach. It sat unused for a long time before The Range opened a branch in there. More than a few memories of Amadeus myself smile

Think you're descibing the old Aberdeen University Union, that's long gone now too. I forget exactly which building that was in now though.

That bar on Bridge St. was Eskobar, close smile That was a favourite of mine in my first few years at RGU in the late 90's, great warm-up place at the start of a weekend and chill-out bar for the Sunday afternoons/evenings. It's possibly the only Aberdeen bar I actually miss, or perhaps there and the original Wild Boar.

On another note (and this was maybe covered already in this thread), anyone know what the Slater's Menswear building housed originally? My wife and I had dinner at Cafe Andaluz recently and I found myself looking at the Slater's building, must have looked impressive when it was built in that art deco sort of style. Fairly out of character with the most of the rest of the city centre, just wondered if there was any story there.

wcel

140 posts

143 months

Thursday 10th June
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8bit said:
anyone know what the Slater's Menswear building housed originally?
It used to be the SMT garage, and Jacksons Garage before that, built in mid 1930's

eck c

339 posts

162 months

Thursday 10th June
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wcel said:
8bit said:
anyone know what the Slater's Menswear building housed originally?
It used to be the SMT garage, and Jacksons Garage before that, built in mid 1930's
As a kid I used to like having a nosey into the drive in part of the garage which is now where Oddbins is now.