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Kelvingrove first footers

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Kelvingrove first footers

Chief Attendant Maurice Metcalf presents first footers at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with their prizes, 1928.

There was a tradition at the Kelvingrove that the first visitor each New Year's Day was presented with a wooden quaich. The quaich was made from the wood of the last tree to grow in the Old Craw Walk, Kelvingrove.

On 1 January 1928 Richard Winton (age 15) was the museum's first foot. He started queuing in the snow at 11.30 pm on Hogmanay and remained there until the museum opened at 2 pm the following day. His mother brought him breakfast at 6 am. Thomas McUioi (age 13) was the second foot. He started queuing at 6 am, and won a framed print of "Loch Eck" by Milne Donald as his prize. The third foot was Jackie Wright (age 13) and he won a copy of "New Year's Eve" by Spenlove-Spenlove.

Reference: 2871

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
children, first footing, first foots, Hogmanay, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, museum attendants, museums, New Year, Old Craw Walk, snow, women, wooden quaichs



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