Mystery Barrhill bowlers identified

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The members of Barrhill Bowling Club pictured in this week’s ‘from our files’ (Wednesday July 18) have had their identities revealed by David Strain, now of 1 Ailsa Street East, Girvan, whose family ran the grocer’s shop at 34 Main Street, Barrhill for more than 50 years. It was his grandfather, then Barrhill’s Justice of the Peace, who set up the town’s bowling club in around 1900.

Following Mr Strain, Ballantrae’s Shirley McCulloch also popped in to the Carrick Gazette office to help fill in the gaps!

Pictured are (from left):

Back row: John Milroy, Bill McMillan, Jim Lees (policeman, Barrhill), Mr McCaul, John White, John Croucher, Mrs Galt, Mrs Neil, Mrs Les (?), ?, Betty Blackstock, Margaret Button.

Middle row: Wullie McQuaker, ?, Arthur Galt (owned wool mill, Barrhill), Miss McCreath, Anne Croucher, Elsie McDonald, Betty Stewart, Ellen Kennedy, Margaret White.

Front row: Jimmy McClung, Jimmy Reid, Jim McCulloch, George Brown, Connie Hyslop, Mary Brown (Mr Strain’s cousin).

The photograph was sent in by Joseph Blackstock - who was a member of the club for many years - and shows members at the green sometime before the clubhouse was built, in the late 1960s or early 70s.