Voices from the Green

125th Birthday Celebration

On 22nd January 2023, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Peoples Palace and the Winter Gardens at Glasgow Green – with music from The Elastic Band and Eileen Farrelly, and poetry from Christie Williamson.

Attendees included local councillors from Bridgeton and Gorbals, and there were well-received speeches by Paul Sweeney, MSP and George Parsonage MBE – the noted Clyde river rescuer spoke of the importance of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, and the avoidable neglect of the glasshouse.

Actor Bruce Downie as Lord Roseberry re-enacted the opening speech of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens from 125 years ago – a gift which was “To belong to the people of Glasgow Forever and Ever”.

View some photos of the event … Continue reading

Winter Gardens Celebrations – Roy Aitken, Celtic Team Captain 1988




 1988 was the centenary of the Celtic Football Club, and they chose to have their celebratory exhibition in the People’s Palace. The 1987-88 season was an especially good one for the Club and the exhibition was one of the most popular to have taken place in the People’s Palace.

Captain Roy Aitken posed with some of the Club silver in the Winter Gardens for publicity purposes.  Behind him is the figure of Antinous (111-130AD) beloved of the Emperor Hadrian, who commissioned many statues of him after his untimely death.  He is depicted as an Egyptian Pharaoh or god and was given a Celtic scarf for the photograph. 

The massive statue was a reproduction obtained for Kelvingrove’s Archaeology Department in the early 20th century. 

Celebrating the Winter Gardens

Hi there,

To keep our campaign going to get the Winter Gardens restored we are asking supporters to send us photos of their celebrations at the Winter Gardens. Please send us photos and a few lines of text of your celebrations at the Winter Gardens. It maybe a wedding; attending a concert; a school outing or just having a day out with family and friends at the Winter Gardens. Please send to mail@friendsofppwggg.org.uk

Once we have received a good few contributions we will set up a gallery on our website. looking forward to seeing your happy events.

We are starting with a Whistlebinkies concert in the 1980’s – Whistlebinkies in the Mist

The mist was created by Des McGuire’s smoke machine which enveloped the People’s Palace stage during Mayfest 1984. The Whistlebinkies L-R: Peter Anderson, Eddie McGuire, Rab Wallace, Mark Hayward, Stuart Eydmann, Mick Broderick.







Photos from the Tryst folk festival in 1986 showing Eddie McGuire conducting The Whistlebinkies & guests, rehearsing his new piece The Piper’s Return in the Winter Gardens.

Here’s another one from that day (Mayfest rehearsal 14th May 1986) left to right Eddie McGuire (composer), Ninian Perry (bass), Mary Ann Kennedy (harp), Rab Wallace (lowland pipes), Martin Hughes (bombarde), George MacIlwham (highland pipes), Judith Peacock (clarsach)

Photos courtesy of Anthony Brannan; Anthony Brannan Photography.

Info from Ruth Gillett 


Seasons greetings to all our supporters

Saturday 10th December 2022 – Talk on the Collections of the People’s Palace by Elspeth King hosted by the Historical Association



Saturday 10th December 2022 at  10:30am

Talk on The Collections of the People’s Palace by Elspeth King

Hosted by The Historical Association, Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church Hall, Saltoun St, Glasgow G12 9AR

. All welcome.

Nostalgic Film Night 22nd Nov 22

Nostalgic Film Night

Tuesday 22nd November

at 6:30pm in Barrowfield

Community Centre 67

Yate Street Barrowfield

Free Event all welcome. 

Films featured will be Glasgow Eastend People’s Palace & Winter Gardens; Beardmore; McFarlane Lang biscuits and the Last Tram

Commentary by Dr Elspeth King and Peter Mortimer

Nostalgic Film Night – 3rd November 2022

Fancy a night at the movies? 

Then come along and join us at our nostalgic film night.  The evening will feature two films, the first, Glasgow’s East End -the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens & Our Green will be presented by Dr Elspeth King.  The second film Clyde Steamers 150’s to 1970’s will be presented by the Clyde Steamers Club.

Maybe not popcorn but free refreshments will be on offer.

This free film night will be held on Thursday 3rd November in Thenue Housing Offices, 423 London Road Glasgow. (The venue is wheelchair accessible).




Hallowe’en on our Green – Saturday 29th October

Come and join us at our free children’s Hallowe’en event on Saturday 29th October 1:00pm at the park area at the side of the Winter Gardens. 


Spooky treats and goodie bags. 


Come dressed up …… adults too!

BUILDING STORIES A Storytelling Project about Glasgow’s Derelict Buildings Winter Gardens

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