‘The most popular shop in Campbeltown’

Duncan Brown.
Duncan Brown.

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This week saw the conclusion of our weeks-long serialisation of the late Duncan Brown’s booklet, Boyhood Memories of the Wee Toon.

Duncan’s memories have provided many people with a unique insight into life in Campbeltown in the 1930s, but it was his very own toy shop which provided many with their best childhood memories.

Among those is Mary Milloy who submitted this poem she penned about Duncan and his famous toy shop to the Courier.

Toy shop

The most popular shop in Campbeltown
Was owned by Mr Duncan Brown.
Stacked with toys both large and small,
Books and games from wall to wall.

Helping children choose a toy,
He had patience for each girl or boy,
Even when they took a while,
He always seemed to have a smile.

Christmas is magical, it’s true
But it can be expensive too.
If paying for toys parents found it hard,
A blessing was the wee club card.

Modern folk now shop online,
But for me, the old way was just fine.
Shops like his are hard to find.
It really was one of a kind.

Mary Milloy