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Mother sitting at home in the Well Court working away on her Sewing Machine.

Mother sitting at home in the Well Court working away on her Sewing Machine.

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1956 – My mother started work for William Mutrie theatrical costumiers at the foot of Bells Brae after I started Primary School in 1951.

Known as Peggy Glancy in the workplace, she was a seamstress and alteration hand.

She made all my own clothes and hers also.

Often she would bring scraps of fabric home for me to play with and imagine the finished costume. Imagination played a big part of my childhood.

She would relate how the costumes would return from a production all soiled, smelly from stage make up and spills. They were cleaned with carbon tetracloride, altered for the next show and sent off once more.

Sometimes she would tell if someone famous was coming and we would watch for their arrival and departure.

I remember Moira Shearer the ballerina coming when she starred in the Ballet “THE RED SHOES”. She had the most beautiful auburn hair.

My mother often got complimentary tickets to the theatre which was a luxury in these days and she would point out the costumes she had worked on. I was fortunate to see many of the “old greats” Scottish Comedians like ……. Chic Murray, Jimmy Logan, Riki Fulton, Jack Milroy, Stanley Baxter and Lex McLean. They all played at The Palladium in Bread Street.

Sadly the premises burned down in 1957 and the company moved to Broughton Street in Edinburgh.

Dean Village Memories Added by Dean Village Memories Attributed to: Kathleen Glancy

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