When thinking of Dennistoun I think of three things; my gran, tenements and Coia's Cafe. 

Saturdays is a series of images which reflect my memories of Dennistoun, memories as a child interpreted through my eyes as an adult. This project reflects what I personally associate with the East End. 
 
There was a train in operation for our use alone, known as Gran's Train. Me and my sisters never understood why others used the train, although we didn't question. All the staff at Coia's Cafe were known as Mr Coia, or Coia was their first name. There was always a rubbish bag on the street or in a doorway. There was always old furniture in Bathgate Street. There were grannies everywhere, and they were all called Mary, Agnes or Ann. They all knew each other. We were Mary's grandaughters. Me, Mhairi and my dad got a chippy. Jenny and my mum got paninis. Pinky and Bobo. The inside of any tenement close had a distinct smell. People hung out the windows of their tenements. That's how my gran waved goodbye. 

Although Dennistoun is regarded as one of the up and coming areas of Glasgow, with the assistance of projects such as Clyde Gateway, I find the small details and my memories of the East End more personally significant; a reflection of my childhood Saturday visits. For me, it represents family and it represents community, full of small details that make it personal to me.

Lyndsey Smith. October 2014.

Lyndsey Smith
Saturdays