The old workhorses of Largs

Published: 27 Oct 2011 08:150 comments

"Know Your News" looks back to a time when the horse and cart was a genuine way of life before the rise of the motor car in 1930

There were many workhorses in Largs in the 1930.

George Renfrew of THirdpart, West Kilbride, recalled that there were two horses and carts from the railway and they delivered goods in Largs from the goods yard. The Burgh of Largs had quite a few horses and they started next to the Gogo Bridge. There were many coalmen delivering coal with horses and carts.

George recalled: "One I remember was Rab Taylor. I think they called him "The Singing Coalmen". Others were Baillie Brown, Watson Co-op, Riddell, McNish. Of course all these horses needed to be shod and this was done at A.H Mackie Blacksmith in Boyd Street.

"Many children would pop along to Mackies on their way to school to see the horses being shod. Ross's Dairies also had a horse and milk float and the driver was Eric Wither. He was well known in the town. Of course all the farmers in the Largs area had horses. Ross's Diaries kept their outfit at Glenacre Farm next to Haco Street."

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