The Salvation Army is a byword for philanthropy and charitable work, with its brass bands and uniformed officers indelible parts of the fabric of British life - yet many may not be aware of the real extent of its work and influence.
Ah know the Sally Anne dae a lot of good work, but - like the BB - whit sticks in ma mind frae years ago are the brass bands creatin a racket oan a Sunday mornin when people were tryin tae hiv a long lie. Ah wonder if they still punt The War Cry roon aboot the pubs? They were always sure to sell a good many copies, even if the people in the pub wurnae churchgoers, because most people realised how much good work the organisation did.
There was a Sally Ann girl who went round the pubs at Bridgeton Cross, and my Dad said she was a lovely singer. He used to put extra in her box if she sang "The Old Rugged Cross". When he came home he had the War Cry and The Young Soldier for me and my sisters.