Goodby St.Anne’s.

Goodby St.Anne’s.

St. Anne's Farewell.

On the 29th of June 2007 and as the last of the pupils left the old St. Anne’s primary a few decided to leave their mark and do the obvious thing which was to write ‘Mentions’ on the wall.

This was 10 years ago and Wilma Bolton who managed to gain access to the old school took a wander around it and started to take some pictures. She came to one classroom in particular and when she saw this noticeboard she knew that one day this would hold memories for thekids who wrote their names.

Here are some of the names on the board:

Mrs A Logan
Amy B
Ryan C.
Matthew A.
Keiran M.
Wee Decky.

We would like to know if you were one of the kids who wrote a ‘Menchie’ on the Noticeboard. If you are one of the Kids, then please let us know and tell us what you are doing with yourself these days.


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Hamilton’s no’ the same as it was
There’s nae weans playin’ at rounders or ba’s
Neilsland bings missing and Cadzow’s noo gaun,
For rows o’ fine hooses wi’ monoblock lawns.

Low Waters School, where is it noo?
I passed it just yesterday it canna be true!
Nae infant voices chantin’ a table,
Nae Mr Thomson for the weans he was able.

St. Anne’s is still there, my heart it is singing,
A familiar old building, children’s voices still ringing.
Blair’s shop has gone, a sign of the times,
Where’s Cadzow Bridge, the train and the lines?

Cadzow Rows has vanished and Eddlewood too,
Where’s Maggie’s Dairy? It’s just a road noo.
Guy Kerr’s is still staunin’ how long will it last?
And then like the rest, it’ll be a thing o’ the past.

Hamilton’s no’ Hamilton, my heart it is sad,
They’ve bulldozed our heritage, the good and the bad,
Time marches on I know this is true,
Just leave something please, for the future to view.

200 Goodbye St. Anne’s
St. Anne’s alas has joined the rest, now she’s gone
forever, Of all the children who passed through her
door, Will they forget her?…….NEVER!

The above poem was written by Wilma Bolton in 2003 and was donated to Historic Hamilton to share with our readers. I’m sure that most of you can relate to these words.