Old photograph takes Glenrothes man Paul right back to early days

Paul Turnbull whose wife and son featured in a 50-year-old photo of Glenrothes featured in the paper's nostalgia page. Picture by George McLuskie.
Paul Turnbull whose wife and son featured in a 50-year-old photo of Glenrothes featured in the paper's nostalgia page. Picture by George McLuskie.

The last thing a Gazette reader was expecting when he read his newspaper last week was to be transported back in time nearly 50 years.

But that’s what happened to Woodside resident Paul Turnbull when he read the newspaper’s popular nostalgia page in his Glenrothes Gazette.

For on the page he found a photo depicting the earliest days of the town centre - which included his wife and baby son.

“I saw the photo and immediately thought - that’s Julia, my wife.

“It certainly took me by surprise but I knew straight away despite her walking away from the camera that it was her,” Paul told the Gazette this week.

“The clothes she was wearing were what I reconised first.

“The pram was also a give away, there certainly weren’t many like that around in 1966,“ he laughed.

“We’d just had our first son and both sets of parents clubbed together to help pay for a pram, it must of cost a small fortune, and was about the size of a small car!”

Paul and his wife Julia , who sadly passed away three years ago, moved to Glenrothes from Stranraer in 1958 as the building of the new town and the lure of a new home proved an attractive proposition to many like-minded couples from across Scotland.

“It was a great place to live and bring up a family, I arrived nearly 60 years ago and have worked and lived here ever since,” Paul explained.

And Paul remembers the pram came in handy long after his two boys had grown out of it.

“Despite hiring a van I remember we moved most of our belongings to the new 
address in that pram, it certainly served us well,” he laughed.