Down memory lane, March 15 2019

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Graffiti, featured in last week’s Down Memory Lane, stripped back the years for a former Campbeltown painter aged 81.

Peter Docherty, born and brought up in the Wee Toon, lives in a first floor flat, in Tangy Place tenement, at the end of the High Street, with a ‘marvellous’ view of all the comings and goings on Campbeltown Loch.

Back in 1953, aged 15, he was an apprentice painter and decorator for a town firm, which he thinks might have been Galbraith and Cochrane.

Mr Docherty’s son, also Peter, 58, talked to the Courier on Monday and said: ‘Dad told me that the young apprentices were always given the awkward, high up places to paint.

‘Back then this wall must have been under a ceiling as now the graffiti chipped into the plaster is at waist height.

‘Painters always used to leave their mark on a building, many will be painted over in people’s houses.

‘They often wondered if their ‘marks’ would be uncovered in the future.

‘On this wall they could see the names of people who had painted it in the past.

‘When he saw Down Memory Lane last week dad said he was the only P Docherty in the town at the time.’

Peter junior, who visits two to three times a year, said: ‘I was born in Craigard. When I was aged two dad left the town for a career as a policeman in Bedfordshire.’

Following 25 years police service, PC Docherty, retired having spent his final time at Kempston, the Bedfordshire police headquarters.

Peter jun added: ‘Dad moved back to Campbeltown in 2005.

‘My sister Karen was also born in Campbeltown in 1959 and today she lives three doors away from me in the same Milton Keynes street.

‘Karen is a keen photographer and takes about 10 pictures a day and has documented the family.

‘My brother George was born in 1962, in England and he lives in Lincolnshire.

‘When we used to come to Kintyre, for holidays as children, we joked that we would need to bring George’s passport to allow him across the border.’

If anyone recalls who M.M.S. or JW is from 1958, as carved in this Craigowan tree and featured last week, the Courier would like to print the story. 25_c10memorylane01_Tree_graffitti

P Docherty eteched into a wall for posterity. 25_c10memorylane02_grafitti_Courier