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Suburban memories of life in the Granite City

Dons legend and Gothenburg great Neil Simpson got used to picking up silverware at an early age.
Dons legend and Gothenburg great Neil Simpson got used to picking up silverware at an early age.

Aberdeen’s many communities and suburbs are all threads that make up the Granite City’s vibrant past, present and future.

We have visited our extensive archives to find some memories captured forever by our photographers over the years, from Dons legends to downed aircraft. Take a look and see what you remember and who you know.


The days of the Aberdeen “clippies” were coming to an end in December 1979, with bus company W. Alexander and Son (Northern) making the final switch to one-man operation. It meant an end of the road for 14 conductors including Mary Allan best know on the 23 Culter and Airyhall routes.


Alastair Burns tries out the new nylon ski slope at Kaimhill School playing field in 1967. He is watched by city teachers who were adding to their dry skiing experience gained at an earlier course.


There was a huge interest in the cars and vans in the forecourt of the Autoport garage in Aberdeen’s Great Northern Road in the early 1960s. Situated on the corner of Mugiemoss Road, in the days before the dual carriageway and Haudagain roundabout were built, families flocked to view the new and used vehicles on display. With no double yellows or traffic wardens, parking on the street wasn’t a problem in those days. Autoport was later taken over by Callanders who were the north-east’s main Fiat dealers.


The Danestone under-fives Busy Bees Mothers and Toddlers group leaving on a trip to Doonies Farm on the Bridge of Don Community bus in 1993.

Bay of Nigg

A ditched plane proves an unusual attraction for a large group of children on Bay of Nigg beach in 1972. The Piper Aztec pilot crash-landed 20ft from the beach when the plane developed engine trouble at 1,500ft and about a mile from the bay. There was only slight damage to the twin-engine two-ton plane which was later airlifted to Aberdeen Airport by helicopter.


Beechgrove Garden stars George Barron and Carol Baxter were at Asda at Dyce to give a big push to members of staff who were taking part in a Scotland-wide charity appeal to raise cash for minibuses for old folk in July, 1988. It was hoped the super-trolley push would raise more than £120,000.


Kingswells as it was in February 1965, with 50 houses, a church, school and public hall as seen from Countesswells Road.


Aberdeen’s Lord Provost John Smith lays the inscribed Rubislaw granite foundation corner stone for the city’s new Sheraton Inn at Oldmeldrum Road, Bucksburn, in 1974.


Milltimber Community Association members modelled the latest fashions by Sellers Dress Agency at their fashion show in 1994, raising £550 to help maintain their hall. Pictured from left, Marion Slater, Jenny Scott, Nienke Keizer, Kubra Snow, Margaret MacFarquhar and Anne Leiper.


Popular Aberdeen television personality June Imray, The Torry Quine, gets runners under starter’s orders for the Linn Moor Big Fun Run in June, 1986. The school for  youngsters with special needs was aiming to raise £300,000 for major improvements and the race hoped to raise £2,000.

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