Bungling gunman, bus to Russia and being let down by Mrs T – take a trip back in time!

A group of children from St Mary's Parish Church, in Kirkintilloch, are pictured enjoying a fun day out to Calderpark Zoo, in Glasgow, in 1983. Also known as Glasgow Zoo, the attraction fell upon hard times and was eventually closed in 2003. At its peak it attracted over 140,000 people a year.
A group of children from St Mary's Parish Church, in Kirkintilloch, are pictured enjoying a fun day out to Calderpark Zoo, in Glasgow, in 1983. Also known as Glasgow Zoo, the attraction fell upon hard times and was eventually closed in 2003. At its peak it attracted over 140,000 people a year.

Down Memory Lane with the Kirkintilloch Herald – September 18, 2013

September 15, 1993

A bungling gunman’s raid on a building society backfired when he managed to escaped with a paltry amount of just over £100.

The masked thief, brandishing a sawn-off shotgun, held up staff and customers of the Woolwich Building Society, in Kirkintilloch’s Cowgate at around 4pm.

A building society spokesman said: “He appeared to have what looked like a gun in a plastic bag and pointed it at the cashier, demanding money.

“The cashier told him there was a delay on cash and, luckily, he only managed to take a small amount of money.”

The raider was last seen fleeing towards the town’s West High Street.

September 21, 1983

Budding young journalist Alastair McPhee bagged his first scoop by landing an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - then saw it cancelled due to the Iron Lady having an eye operation.

The Bishopbriggs teenager had written to Downing Street to request an interview for talking magazine ‘Cue and Review’.

After the 15 minute appointment was cancelled Mrs Thatcher told Alastair that her press office would try to rearrange the interview for the Christmas recess.

The business studies student hoped to ask the PM about issues affecting blind people - including the possibility of an increase in the Blind Persons Allowance.

September 19, 1973

A Kirkintilloch bus driver was preparing to travel 2,000 miles to Russia to take part in a conference for world peace.

Charles McCann was to represent Kirkintilloch and District Trades Council as part of a 30-man delegation at the World Congress for Peace in Moscow.

One of his colleagues at bus company W. Alexander said: “He is a great humanitarian and we are certain that with his cheerful disposition and wit he will impress the congress.”

The trades council were urging supporters to make a donation to Mr McCann’s travel fund - he had arranged to take a holiday to cover the trip, but still had to cover the cost of transport and lodging.

September 18, 1963

A couple in the market for a new home were almost responsible for a tragedy after leaving an

oven on when viewing a property.

The electric cooker in an empty house in Crow Road, Lennoxtown, was switched on by the prospective purchasers of the property - sadly they forgot to turn it off again.

The cooker got so hot that it nearly set floor boards alight. Eventually it crashed through the ceiling into the home below - belonging to a shocked Mrs Galloway.

It came down into Mrs Galloway’s sitting room and ruined a sideboard and television set.

The unfortunate lady was forced to seek alternative accomodation until her home was habitable again.

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