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Monday, January 31, 2005

Mrs Cardigans

Mrs Cardigans is often seen about town.

She is old, has dirty grey hair in a ponytail. She walks along crouched over. She wears bandages on her ankles. She gurns.

And she always appears to be wearing at least five cardigans.

Somone once told me she was a prostitute...

posted by Aberdeen Tramps | Monday, January 31, 2005


Anonymous Anonymous said...


great site - you've covered most (but not all) of my favourite tramps in aberdeen. please feel free to add a link to www.granitecity.org to your site and add a link to yours on granitecity.


March 06, 2005  
Blogger Aberdeen Tramps said...

Hey Cool Mr/Ms Granite City!
I've seen your site. Which tramps have I missed out? I have a few other characters in mind, but not got around to updating for ages :D

March 07, 2005  
Blogger missfee said...

oh i don't know that particular tramp but my favourite aberdonian slapper is the whore with the gammy leg... I haven't seen in her months so it's possible that she's now a dundonian whore or a whore no more, bless her.

Love this sight by the way. And when summer comes look out for the 'monks' that want you to fund their spritual trips to tibet etc and get more than arsey if you refuse to give them any money... they bother me big style.

May 17, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs Cardigans always comes into the cinema I work. I served her the other day but I can't remember her actual name.

She ALWAYS waits until all the credits have finished before leaving the screen. But not in her seat, she stands in the aisle and watches it ALL. Crazy.

June 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always used to see Mrs Cardigans at the cinema too. No matter what film I saw she was there. During the day though I often saw her waiting for a bus in Bucksburn just befor the Travelodge / McDonalds. She is indeed alive and well. But why the bandages?

September 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you've missed out Garthwho used to hang about in Dr. Drakes. Also, Thomas who used to hang about in Seaton Park, the loon the claimed to have taken out a whole battalion of Argies in the Falklands. Cracking site though!

September 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stinking Mary is her name and lives down in old bucksburn town

September 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This lady used to haunt my friend Jim,who now lives in London (don't know whether that was the reason for him moving!!) Every time he used to turn around she'd be there, scowling at him! It used to freak him out. That was over 15 years ago and I still see her bimbling about town nowadays. I wonder if she ever changes the bandages on her legs? Bet there is some serious hair growing underneath them!

September 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This "woman" is or was from Bucksburn and was done with stealing bacon from the Spar when I was a loon and was know to us as the bacon robber. da da daaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

September 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fear not the auld dear is still shuffling aboot down auchmill road, on her eternal cycle o jumping on and aff the No17 bus. At least she ken's how to get the maist oot o her bus pass.

November 04, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always spotted her because of her bandages, they seem to get thicker and thicker (as though she wraps them on top of each other) and then suddenly she'll be back to but one layer again. Used to be on bandage watch every saturday whilst in town - blimey that was 20 years ago - she really should get that condition seen to!!!!

November 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I used to work at the cinema years ago, this woman used to come in weekly to watch a movie. As another poster has said, at the end of the film she would stand right at the front of the centre aisle to watch the credits roll, and wouldn't leave until all was finished. We used to refer to her as 'Bandages'. There was another tramp-like character, an older man with white sideburns who always wore the same blue suit. We called him 'Suit', and he had EXACTLY the same credit-watching habit as Bandages did. We always wondered if they knew each other. We thought they would get on really well. Well, one day they both turned up on the same evening to see the same movie. Perhaps it was a date! Eagerly, we peered into Cinema 1 to see where they were sitting. But they were sitting at opposite sides of the cinema, as far away from each other as possible. At the end of the movie, each went to the front, one on the left side and one on the right, and watched the credits roll. When the lights were up and the curtains were closed, in perfect unison they turned and left. They completely ignored each other. Total disappointment!

May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well im born and bread in bucksburn and she is affectionately known as 'Dirty Gerty' down these parts. She never seems to age as for the twenty years I have known her she's not changed a bit. my friend was unfortunate enough to be on an empty bus (number 17 of course) when gerty gets on and sits right beside her, smelly bandages and all. one of the most unpleasant experiences of her life i have been told. anyway i'm glad she has been acknowledged on this splendid site, it will be sad day when her bandage-clad legs no longer shuffle along the streets or bucksburn.

November 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that sounds like a wee bit like giddian - anyone who was a kid in the 80s who lived in BOD should know who im talking about

June 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aye that sounds exactly like Giddian, used to see her walk past my house on Scotstown Road BOD all the time when i was a bairn in the 80's.

July 29, 2008  
Anonymous Chris. said...

Ha! Dirty Gertie the Bacon Snatcher!

'Weel kent' in Bucksburn. The navy suit guy in the cinema is a perfect description of her 'late' brother. They never spoke, despite living in the same house for years.

She has a reason for her obsession with buses. A long time ago she had a boyfriend who was a bus driver. He upped and left her and to this day she still checks out all the bus drivers to see if he's come back.

Quite sad really. Could make it into a Hollywood movie. Could just see Angelina Jolie in the 'Gertie bandages'.

June 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is Giddeon too. She always used bounce down the path that runs parallell to the "big woodies" on jesmond drive, slighly hunched over with two fully laden carrier bags.

November 23, 2010  

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