Autumn, 1951

The Glasgow estate of Pollok was reported to be developing rapidly and would soon have a population larger than Dunfermline, Ayr, Kilmarnock,
Hamilton or Inverness. Taxi drivers venturing into the estate 'get lost as certainly as if they had ventured into an Amazon jungle'. Residents of the new town of Glenrothes sent a list of grievances to the Fife county clerk, including lack of street lighting, no public hall, and no central heating in their houses. Poetry written in Lallans had to be good to be worth the intellectual effort required to read it, the poet and scholar Douglas Young said in a talk to the Saltire Society. At the opening of the 48th annual Mod in Edinburgh,
the president of An Comunn Gaidhealach, John Bannerman, deplored the
'serious decline' in the number of Gaelic speakers. Compton Mackenzie was elected honorary president of Scottish PEN. At the end of the first season of the tented Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the marquee was transported to England for overhaul and storage, while the scenery and stage furniture were taken for the winter to a mansion-house nearby. The director of Glasgow College of Drama, Colin Chandler, complained that repertory theatres in Scotland were putting on too many English plays. Britain’s Ryder Cup golf team, including two Scots (Jimmy Adams and John Panton) sailed on the Queen Mary for New York en route for Pinehurst, North Carolina, and the match against the US. No-one expected the British to win. (They didn’t.)

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