Take a trip down Memory Lane - August 13, 2014

Lenzie Academy fundraiser, March 1917
Lenzie Academy fundraiser, March 1917

Coats of arms, missing men, rising unemployment and fishing bans.

August 15, 1964

Councillors were discussing a number of slight alterations to be made to the new Burgh Coat of Arms given to Bishopbriggs by the Lord Lyon.

The original design submitted was a shield with a green background, a mitre and lines representing the canal and the River Kelvin.

Councillors felt that a black background would be less gaudy and would be more appropriate for the area.

Another point discussed at the meeting was the Burgh’s motto.

A tentative motto of ‘God Gie the Gain’ had been printed on the coat of arms and was the favoured option of Provost Young.

But other councillors thought that the meaning could cause confusion.

August 7, 1974

A Kirkintilloch man, missing for more than a month, was identified as a man who walked into a Coventry police station a month earlier and said: “I do not know where I am or who I am.”

The man found out his true identity when his wife recognised one of the pictures circulated by Coventry police.

The ordeal had begun when the man left home to travel the eight miles to his work in the Clydesdale Bank but never returned.

A report in the Kirkintilloch Herald said his wife appealed for the family to be left alone.

She said: “It has been a terrible ordeal. We just want some peace and quiet and to be left alone.

August 15, 1983

The number of registered unemployed in the Kirkintilloch area had risen by just over 60 in a month.

Figures for July released by the town’s Jobcentre showed a total of 2,276 people out of work - 1,439 men and 837 women.

The latest statistics also showed a rise in the number of school-leavers on the unemployment register. The total of 248 was up by 25 on the previous month.

But on a brighter note, there were still vacancies available.

Jobcentre manager Ellen Langley said: “We are getting in vacancies all the time from local employers for a variety of jobs.

“Some employers are realising the fairest way to deal with vacancies is through us.”

August 10, 1993

An angry pensioner was campaigning to ban fishing from a village pond after three swans were badly injured.

Margaret Bryson said the birds were being strangled by fishing line and slashed by sharp metal hooks on Whitefield Pond, in Lennoxtown.

She said: “It’s such a shame to see the swans being hurt like this.

“One of them has been killed and the other two very badly hurt.

“They’ve had to be taken to a wildlife centre to be treated.

“Some people who fish on Whitefield Ponf just don’t take enough care up there.

“The only solution is for a ban.”