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On Friday 29th July 2007 members of our Association met at the Glasgow Science Centre at Govan to join each other for a trip “Doon the Watter” on the P.S. Waverley, one of the last paddle steamers still afloat and doing business. Previous
days were wet and windy but the sun shone that morning as we set sail at 10.00.
It was interesting to see Glasgow and the adjoining towns from a different perspective and many and varied were the sights to see as we glided down the
Clyde on our way to our first stop – Kilcreggan.
On board catering was excellent as we went back to our roots and went downstairs to partake of rolls on sausage and a cuppa for mid-morning tea break.
The subsequent slagging and jokes made everyone feel right at home!
Further stops at Dunoon and our final destination Rothesay completed the outward itinerary as we stopped and had lunch in the island town. We met a retired fireman there – colloquially known as ‘Rothesay John’ when he served in Greenock – and he introduced us to one of the better hostelries in the town, where he insisted on treating us to a wee dram, much against our better judgement??
On the way back the sun shone brighter and the wind disappeared as we all basked in the glorious sunshine, had a right good laugh, told a lot of stories and enjoyed the scenery from the upper deck. We ended up like lobsters by the time we returned to Glasgow but everyone agreed that it was an excellent day and we would meet up again once the next tour was planned.