Saturday, 29 December 2007

Gangland refugees

One thing I have discovered in the last few days has been the realisation that the streets my gg grandfather and family lived in were at the very heart of the Glasgow razor gangs of the 1920s and 30s.

Carstairs Street, Swanston Street, Poplin Street and Colvend Street were within a stone's throw (probably literally) of Norman Street, home of the notorious Norman Conks and where a pitched battle took place between the Conks and the even more vile Billy Boys, led by the fascist Billy Fullerton.

It must still have been a major decision, to board a ship for New Zealand, but it is easy to see why it was tempting for my relatives who did choose to emigrate.

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