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By: Iain Winton

The Last of the Lucky Childhoods

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This is the story of my childhood recollections while growing up in Glasgow. The streets were still for kids and we knew how to make our own fun, though some of the mischiefs we got up to may not be classed as fun nowadays.

If we were poor, we didn’t realise it; if we were ill-treated, we thought of it as normal. Kids didn’t complain in those days (or they got a ‘slap across the lug’). Kids knew their place, we just got on with life and enjoyed it to the fullest.

As Billy Connolly would say: “What I’m about to tell you is true…well mostly.”

If any of my old pals, relatives, or friends recognise themselves on these pages, you’re most likely right…but I have changed the names (in some instances) to protect the guilty!

 

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1943, Iain Winton migrated to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1959, as a teenager. Iain spent the majority of his working life in local government, mainly in the fields of recreation, leisure, public relations, special events and promotions. His last major involvement before retiring was as the Olympic Coordinator for the city of Blacktown, responsible for Olympic softball and baseball competitions of the Sydney Olympics. Since retiring in 2001, he has pursued his interests of travel, golf, reading, writing and gardening and in 2009 became part of a musical group called, ‘The Celtic Connection’, which does concerts in the aged homes in the Sutherland Shire. Iain has long interest in poetry and had a number of poems published in magazines and books. In 2008, he self-published a book of poetry titled, Iain with two ‘I’s. His concern that Aussie kids didn’t have much in the way of Australian Christmas stories was the impetus to write, Wally the Hairy Nosed Wombat: An Australian Christmas Story. This was his first children’s story. Both books were well received. His second book of poetry called My Cronulla came out in 2019. Iain has lived in the Sutherland Shire with his wife of over forty years; he has two married daughters and five grand children.


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