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It’s Loss that does it

I was always dismissive about Janie’s birthplace. A dark, dreich industrial town without character or history, I’d call it. She generally took it well. Then - this would be early 1963 - she said, ‘The Beatles are coming to Scotland.

Do you want to go and see them?’

Everyone at our college was talking about The Beatles; of course I wanted to go. Janie smiled smugly at me when she produced tickets for their show at the War Memorial Hall, Ironburgh; her home town.

‘Got something going for it after all, eh?’ she smiled on the journey from Glasgow to Ironburgh. Sam was driving (his parents were paying for his college and he could afford a car) and there were five others squeezed into it.

Janie was curled up in my lap in the left-hand corner at the back, her soft warm blonde hair in my face. We’d been going out for a few months by then.

We parked a few streets away from the Memorial Hall. Outside swarmed youthful humanity; screaming girls and dense thickets of young men in bad suits grouped beneath spreading clouds of cigarette smoke. A few desultory policemen wished it was drunk hard men at the football they were dealing with.

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iScot Magazine December 2017 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine.