TheGlasgowStory 

Skip Navigation / Jump to Content

Featured Images

Fra Newbery
Fra Newbery

Finnieston Crane
Finnieston Crane

Fire Brigade Badminton

Glasgow City Archives, Deposited Collections

*Open in New Window
Fire Brigade Badminton

A photograph of Glasgow Fire Brigade Badminton Club in 1925. Sport and leisure activities have always been important in maintaining morale and building team spirit in the fire service.

The numbers of firemen in Glasgow increased only slightly during the inter-war years and the technology at their disposal changed little. It is thought however that it was during this time that the Central Fire Station's famous fire fighting teams evolved. The "Canaries" were so called due to their penchant for whistling, the "Growlers" for their grumbling and the "Greybacks" because of an unfortunate incident involving a fire in an unsavoury rag store: the men who attended this fire returned to the station to discover they were infested with "greybacks", the slang name for lice!

Reference: TD1431/55/10

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries, Information and Learning

Keywords:
Canaries, Central Fire Station, fire fighters, firemen, Glasgow Fire Brigade, Glasgow Fire Brigade Badminton Club, Glasgow Fire Service, Greybacks, Growlers, lice, sport



Quick Search


Photo Album

You have 0 images in your photo album.

View Photo Album

Log-In (Optional)

username:
password:
Not a user? Register now for FREE!

Other Options