Old Girvan Old Girvan. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century Girvan was famed as a popular summer resort for the working people of Glasgow and the industrial towns of the central belt. That heyday is recalled in the fifty-two photographs of this book, as well as the town's one-time fishing industry. For example, several pictures feature large catches of cod laid out on the quayside and one shows a boat practically capsizing under the weight of a huge tuna caught in the Firth of Clyde - sights not seen in Girvan for many years. The town's history is also told in the extensive text and this includes many stories from the past - the time when the lifeboat had to be launched to rescue men on Ailsa Craig from famine, the burning of the McMaster Hall, the blizzard of 1908, the victory celebrations after the First World War, and the murder of Alexander Ross. The summer attractions of the past are also featured, the Pierrots, the Canadian Cavaliers, the bathing boxes, and the simple pleasures of building castles on the sands.
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