I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland  – hence the above video showing some images of “the old Glasgow”.

I’m married, and am a Christian and have attended the Salvation Army all my life – originally at Rutherglen, however in 2002 I transferred to Bellshill Salvation Army. I play trombone in Bellshill Salvation Army Band, I’m the assistant band sergeant and I also look after the band’s website (www.bsab.co.uk) as well as our Facebook and Twitter presence.

As I have already mentioned I play trombone, but that’s not the only musical instrument I play! I also play the piano…and have done since I was seven! For a number of years I also played the clarinet, however it’s been quite a few years since I last attempted to play that now so I don’t think I can honestly still say I play clarinet any more 😦

Some of my main interests include:

  • Music – playing and listening too
  • Football – I’m a big Rangers fan
  • Tennis – I used to love playing tennis but I haven’t been able to do so for a number of years
  • Technology – I’m an IT person by profession so I like to keep up to date with all the latest in technology
  • Web Design – I designed and developed the Bellshill Salvation Army Band website (www.bsab.co.uk) and continue to keep that up to date
  1. Hi I have spent quite a bit of time reading your blog etc. I found this a really pleasant site to visit.

    I was brought up in the Salvation Army too and envy you your ability with the musical instruments I turned out to be tone deaf though my dad (trombone and euphonium Kilbirnie Salvation Army Band) tried very hard to teach me.

    Well done on your achievements and on the site I will visit again

    Maggie x

    • dot12b says:

      Thank you so much for your very kind comments. It’s always great to hear from those who have been reading my blog, especially when the comments are so fantastic.
      Thank you for reading my blog and being interested enough to comment on it.

    • Matthew Bennett says:


      My mother (Sheila Bennett nee Irvine) is out of Kilbirnie Corps.

      Who is/was your father? (Apologies for tense meaning living/dead?)

      Thanks, Matthew Bennett.

  2. Stephen Farmer says:

    Hi there,
    Just stumbled across your website…it is truly inspirational! Love the singing of the ISS. Im a Salvationist way down in Auckland, New Zealand. Your commentary and inspirational thoughts are fantastic and so up to date! God richly bless you in your effective ministry

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