About Me 2017-03-06T11:29:23+00:00

NORMAN MELVILLE KERR

Me at Turnberry.

I am in my 60’s and live in Kings Park, Glasgow with; my wife Patricia; daughter Louise; mother Effie Kerr.
My son, David, along with my daughter in law, Cheryl and granddaughter, Evie, live nearby in Croftfoot.

I have lived in Kings Park since we married in 1982, love staying here and have no plans to move anywhere else.

Meet the Family.

Patricia Kerr (Nee: McKendrick)
Patricia Kerr (Nee: McKendrick)My Wife
Patricia Louise Kerr
Patricia Louise KerrMy Daughter
Euphemia Kerr (Nee: Melville)
Euphemia Kerr (Nee: Melville)My Mother
David William Kerr
David William KerrMy Son
Cheryl Kerr (Nee: Dunn)
Cheryl Kerr (Nee: Dunn)My Daughter in Law
Evie Roberta Kerr
Evie Roberta KerrMy Granddaughter

Some details of my background and history.

I have not exactly led a special or remarkable life, but have put a few details down for anyone interested.

Location

My first memories are of 73 Crookhill Gardens in Lochwinnoch. My family had lived in Harvey Terrace in Lochwinnoch, but moved to a new-build house in Crookhill Gardens just as I arrived in the world. A semi-detached ‘up and down stairs’ council house, located in a ‘figure of eight’ scheme high on the hillside in Lochwinnoch. I have fond memroies of the house and neighbours and enjoyed living there.
In 1966 following the death of my father a couple of years earlier, the family moved to Glasgow, to be closer to family support. We moved into a traditional red sandstone ‘top-floor’ tenement at 13 Minto Street, in the Craigton district of Glasgow. A big change from our previous semi-detached and although it would probably be judged as a ‘poorer’ house, I cannot say that I was unhappy staying there, which we did until around 1980, when due to persistent subsidence, the tenement was earmarked for demolition and we were moved to alternative accommodation by the city council.
In 1980, we were offered a council house at 89 Hillington Road South and duly moved there to stay. The house was a ground floor 3 apartment and we enjoyed staying there, with good neighbours and a good neighbourhood. I remained there until my marriage to Patricia in 1982.
I moved to Kings Park in 1982 when I married Patricia McKendrick. We bought a ‘cottage’ flat at 87 Kingsheath Avenue and moved in immediately after our marriage in the November of that year. We stayed there until 1992, when we moved to our current house in Kingspark Avenue, adding my Mum to the household and her giving up the tenancy in Hillington. I have stayed here since.

Education

I started off at school in Lochwinnoch in 1961, before the family moved to Glasgow in 1966. For those that remember, the 11+ exam was still in operation here, but had been stopped in Glasgow when I moved there, so never experienced that delight!
Moved to Glasgow in 1966 and was enrolled at Craigton Primary school. A traumatic time leaving my friends behind and having to adapt to life in a big city.
In 1968, progressed on to Penilee Secondary School, although we stayed geographically closer to Bellahouston Academy, a school my mother had attended many years earlier, we were in the catchment for Penilee. This really was big city life and produced many ‘life experiences’, not all of them positive, during my six years at this school.
I managed to gain entry to university in 1974 to study for a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Didn’t make much of a fist of it, probably too immature and unfocused, bombing out after first year.

Employment

I worked for two summers whilst still at school for this company, which made cardboard boxes and packed machinery etc. I worked as a ‘stitcher’ for the bulk of the time, stitching the boxes that made the flat-pack form into the actual box. I could have continued to work there after leaving school, but decided to go to University instead.
After my brief sojourn at Strathclyde University, I eventually ‘signed-0n’ as unemployed, however, within 1 day one of the members of my bowling club had heard of my situation and arranged an interview with Stewart Brothers, a butchery company in Govan, Glasgow, for me. I was offered a job as a delivery driver, despite only having had my driving license for less than a year!

I worked there for around a year and generally enjoyed my time there. The work could be hard physically and entailed a 5AM rise every morning, but once on the road I really enjoyed the freedom.

Following an intervention by a friend of my Uncle, I started work with Glasgow City Council in the Housing Department in 1976. I moved through various posts, ending up managing the furnished accommodation for homeless people across the city, when I retired in 2009.

In general, I enjoyed working in local government and despite all the often untrue jibes directed at local authority workers, found most people to be honest and hard working. I made many long-lasting friends and have fond memories of my time working there.

A friend, Allan Reid, had always said that if I retired from my ‘real’ job, if I needed another one to augment my income, he would take me to work for his marketing company. On my retiral from the council, he was good to his word and gave me a job. I have worked there since and thoroughly enjoy my involvement. We provide services to many clients in the grocery industry and it has been fun learning another ‘trade’.