Photo: Alan Crumlish

Gratton & McLean


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The original Barrowland Ballroom opened to a great fanfare on Christmas Eve 1934. Its founder was Maggie McIver, the originator of Glasgow’s famous Barras Market. Her dancehall, with its resident band, Billy McGregor and the Gaybirds, rapidly became a mecca for visitors from far and wide. Maggie died in 1958, ironically the same year as the original ballroom was destroyed by fire. Like its predecessor, the current building has welcomed generations of ’East-Enders’. It is also one of Glasgow’s leading performance venues. The brilliant neon shooting stars on the Gallowgate facade have literally highlighted this east end attraction since the building re-opened in 1960.