The Barras and its future

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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Mori » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:54 pm

Does anyone know if you can still buy pc programes @ the barras... you know the ones i mean :D.

Several years ago i bought a disc with about 20 different programmes on 1 disc that would have cost me the earth to buy.
Worth every penny i must say.

Any info appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Mori :D
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby hazy » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:54 pm

Hi mori I was in Bills tool store and then took a quick walk round the Barras. Plenty of CDs DVD programmes and Embassy tpped all on sale at the right price. You just have to be discrete.
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Mori » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:18 pm

Thanks hazy for that info, i'll take a trip over.
Thanks again much apreciated. :D
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Fossil » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:53 pm

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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Mori » Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:01 am

Item 21

Disposal and Development Agreement - Barras Centre
Calton Entry/Stevenson Street/Bain Street/Moncur Street



Purpose of Report:

The purpose of this report is to seek Committee authority to dispose of the ground lease interest
of the Barras Centre at 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow, and enter into a development agreement with
Rock DCM to secure a comprehensive development proposals for the sites bounded by Calton
Entry/Stevenson Street/Bain Street/Moncur Street Glasgow, as shown hatched on the attached

Recommendations:

Is it recommended that Committee approves the proposed disposal of the ground lease interest
at 54 Calton Entry for £85,000 and authorises the Executive Director of DRS to conclude the
development agreement for the adjacent sites bounded by Calton Entry/Stevenson Street/Bain
Street/Moncur Street to secure an integrated development to support the regeneration of this
area, under the terms and conditions set out in this report.
plan.

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Herald

Barrowland is trump card in council plans to revitalise Barras Market

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Published on 1 Dec 2009

The world-famous Barrowland Ballroom is being lined up as the centrepiece of rejuvenation plans for Glasgow’s notorious Barras Market.

Plans are at an advanced stage of development to rebrand the area to bring together the marketing for its stalls, cafes and pubs with the legendary Barrowland. The plan would mirror London’s successful Camden market, which has its Electric Ballroom and Underworld venues operating alongside at least six separate markets.

It would allow the Barras to function all week instead of just at weekends, stimulating investment and visitor footfall.

The details come a month after The Herald revealed traders at the infamous market had drawn up an action plan to avoid it suffering the same fate as other sites forced to shut by the authorities.

Traders are exasperated with criminal gangs peddling contraband and counterfeit goods at the market.

As part of efforts to overhaul area with the Barras and Barrowland marketed as unique tourist destinations, the city council has looked at other markets throughout the UK and Europe as a template for what could be achieved, including Camden, St George’s in Belfast, Birmingham’s Rag Market and the Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona.

The four are seen as markets continuing to operate successfully in major cities and include market trading provisions such as six and seven-day operations, specialist market days, formalised trader management arrangements and the use of new technology. The council believes these provisions should be considered in revitalising the Barras Market.

But it believes that the proximity of the Barrowland could be a trump card.

A report being developed by the authority says: “There is an opportunity to promote the Barras Market as a specialist market destination. One idea would be to capitalise on the co-location of the Barrowlands music venue in the creation of a vibrant music-related marketplace.

“The extension of market operations to seven days per week rather than weekends only would generate much more activity around the area.

“The main market days are at the weekend. On weekdays and in the evenings, the markets are closed and the area is relatively empty. This lack of activity is not helped by the extensive use of solid steel roller shutters, which creates uninviting dead frontages throughout the area.

“The only areas which do provide some evening activity are around the Barrowland music venue where concerts are held, and at the entrances to pubs.”

There are currently 18 different markets within the Barras complex with around 1000 stalls and 150 shops. The traders sell a wide range of goods including antiques, jewellery, object d’art, homeware, furniture, bric-a-brac, clothing, electrical items, fruit and vegetables, computer games and CDs.

However, with the stalls rented out on a weekly basis and traders not requiring a lease or contract from the market operators, there is little control on the type and quality of goods sold.

Other proposals include a tourist trail connecting the Barras with the People’s Palace Museum, expansion of the creative and cultural industries based in the Merchant City eastwards and a “market traders mentoring scheme” to encourage new businesses to start up in the Barras.

Owners of The Barras

Centre, which houses 17 units and a cafe, many of which are currently vacant, intend to make improvements to the centre and encourage uses both during the daytime and in the evening that would benefit from a rejuvenated Barras.
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Fossil » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:00 pm

Sounds great. But where can i park now :D
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Mori » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:04 pm

The Barras Story

The Barras Story is a community-led heritage and learning project using archive photography, film and oral history to explore the social, cultural, historical and economic importance of the Barras Market to the East End of Glasgow.

Set-up in 1921 by Maggie McIver, the traders and past customers today remember the market's hey-day, when 'spielers' would turn selling into a stage show, shifting their wares as quickly as their razor-sharp patter would allow. People once came from all over Scotland to search for bargains at the Barras.

The project will tell the story of the Barras from its beginnings to when it was still going strong in the 80's.The days people want to remember the Barras for, rather than today when it is more known for criminal gangs peddling contraband - one of the reasons Scotland's most famous market could be shut down.


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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby RDR » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:15 pm

Mori wrote:The Barras Story

The Barras Story is a community-led heritage and learning project using archive photography, film and oral history to explore the social, cultural, historical and economic importance of the Barras Market to the East End of Glasgow.

Set-up in 1921 by Maggie McIver, the traders and past customers today remember the market's hey-day, when 'spielers' would turn selling into a stage show, shifting their wares as quickly as their razor-sharp patter would allow. People once came from all over Scotland to search for bargains at the Barras.

The project will tell the story of the Barras from its beginnings to when it was still going strong in the 80's.The days people want to remember the Barras for, rather than today when it is more known for criminal gangs peddling contraband - one of the reasons Scotland's most famous market could be shut down.


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Interesting. My late father worked at the Barras for many years and used to have the stall second on the right in Kent street as you turn in off London Road. He was a spieler but the idea that there were any less crooks around in the Barras in the 30's is wrong. As a boy in the 60's, up on the stall with my dad, he could pick out all the 'tea leaves', and the knocked off stuff. Indeed as a lorry driver during the week I'm pretty sure where some of his stock came from! :roll:
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby moonbeam » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:37 pm

Used to sell pop records at the Barrasin the late 1960s. Two up in Gibson Street. You had to have the patter ie "Do you sell records mister" Naw only round shiny black discs wi a hole in the middle". Or "Special Offer" "Danny Boy with the Sash in Italian on the B side".I used to swop blues/ska/reggae discs with a chap in London who would send me Scottish dance , Andy Stewart, Kenneth McKellar etc. You could always sell Country and Western, Scottish Dance music etc.These were good steady sellers.Ingilston Market took many punters away.
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:38 pm

moonbeam wrote:Used to sell pop records at the Barrasin the late 1960s. Two up in Gibson Street.
Ingilston Market took many punters away.



Are you sure it wasn´t "Berts Discos Stall" that saw you off?
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby moonbeam » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:12 pm

I would sell records just going out the top twenty at 6d off full retail price. Bridge over troubled waters at 37/6d.
There were a few stalls selling records at this time.But I had quite a lot of 10inch Starday Country & Western LPs. Wish I had kept them! My most bizarre record I sold and I wish I had kept it was a Bill Haley and the Saddlemen US import. I used to get some "swops" with US service guys from the Holy Loch. I still have a few LPs from those days that I kept. But Scottish and Irish type dance music was always a good seller."Nobodys Child" Alexander Brothers any time I played it on my speakers I would get a sale!! Ingilston Market used to have buses on Sunday mornings from the Barras area when it started up. I went through and helped a mate a few times and you would see some of the old Barras regulars looking at you and thinking I know that guy from somewhere!
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:10 pm

I used to go to bert´s stall, another stall opposite his run by a teacher and his pal, there were a couple of stalls upstairs in Stevenson street and revolver records or something in the Gallowgate market.
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Mori » Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:07 am

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Designers put on the Barras style

20 Jul 2010

A city shop which provides a showcase for Scottish designers is on the move for the fourth time in four years.
Che Camille, which offers workshops in its loft-style shop on the sixth floor of the Argyll Arcade, closed at the weekend.
But it will reopen in a slightly different style in the Barras Centre at the Barras Market next month.
The new venture will offer small, individual units for up-and-coming designers, each with a market pitch.
The woman behind the company, Camille Lorigo, 33, also plans to start a clothing label and will continue her made-to-measure design service.
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:44 pm

I was there on Saturday. Some interesting Comic stalls that i hadn't seen before. The place looked a lot cleaner too. Still got buggers selling cheap fags and tobaccco.
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Re: The Barras and its future

Postby otoxo » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:45 am

Hi There, I'm a film journalist out here in barcelona but originally from Inverness. Been working on this short film thing about famous old markets over here, and now we're looking to do a bit of comparison in other countries, so I thought the Barras would be an ideal place.

I'm coming over at the end of next month to do some work on it. Can anyone help me get in touch with traders who might be up for a quick chat (nothing on camera or recorded at the mo) to help get me going. Ideally people who have been there a while and/or know a bit about the history and/or have opinions about where the market's headed in the future...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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