BBC HomeExplore the BBC

7 February 2011
Accessibility help
Text only
Nation on Film

BBC Homepage
Where I Live

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


Ellen Kerr (nee McIntyre)
As a young girl of about 12 years of age, attending the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park in the summer of 1938, I was standing at the front of a big crowd of people awaiting the arrival of the film star Anna Neagle, when a man came down from the Emporium where she and her husband (Herbert Wilcox) were due to arrive, and he asked me if I would like to present a bouquet to her! I was thrilled and taken in the building to be 'spruced up' and enjoyed my moment of fame when I saw it in the newspapers that evening (The Evening Citizen, Glasgow) where my brother was a reporter and he was surprised to see me right in the very front page. I still have the newspaper and a photograph which Anna Neagle sent to me. Herbert Wilcox gave me a half-crown (2/6d) and next day at school my teacher asked me come out to the front of the class and tell them all about it. Following me presentation to Anna Neagle I remember we went to the band stand and the band was play "Flat Foot Floozie with the foy doy" so we had bop in our young days too! ( am now 76 years of age but Glasgow was a wonderful city to grow up in. Ty and hope this helps your archives.


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy