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Seth Sykes

Seth Sykes (1892-1950), the well-known evangelist from Springburn.

Sykes began his working life with Glasgow Corporation Tramways, where he was a conductor and motorman based at the Possilpark Depot. He was Secretary of the Tramway Christian Association, and received permission from the department's chairman James Dalrymple to hand out Christian literature and bibles.

In 1929 Sykes left his job to become a full-time evangelist. He travelled around Britain and abroad with is wife, preaching and telling stories from the bible. They accompanied their shows with lantern slides and rousing songs with music played on a barrel organ.

Reference: 240.90.379

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
evangelism, evangelists, Glasgow Corporation Tramways, motormen, musicians, Possilpark Depot, preachers, temperance, tram conductors, trams, Tramway Christian Association, uniforms



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