Take a trip Down Memory Lane with the Kirkintilloch Herald – September 4, 2013

This picture was handed in to the Herald offices by reader William Alexander (who is seventh from the left in the second row from the back). It shows a class of pupils at Kirkintilloch's Townhead School in around 1944.
This picture was handed in to the Herald offices by reader William Alexander (who is seventh from the left in the second row from the back). It shows a class of pupils at Kirkintilloch's Townhead School in around 1944.

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September 8, 1993

Anglers were warned not to fish at the Johnstone Loch due to an outbreak of poisonous algae.

Children were also ordered not to swim in the loch - near Gartcosh - and farmers were told to steer livestock away from it.

Environmental services officer Alistair McNicol said: “The blue green algae may be more of a problem now because of the extensive use of chemicals in agriculture which are draining into lochs and rivers. The warm weather is also adding to the problem.

“Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done but wait until the problem rectifies itself.”

The algae had also been a problem in Antermony Loch.

September 7, 1983

Doubts about the future of Kirkintilloch Gala Week were raised after residents failed to support a number of major events.

Gala convener Peter Hamilton said that the annual event could be trimmed to just a single day due to the apathy of the general public.

While some events, including a disco and rock concert, had been well-attended, two showpiece events saw large sections of empty seats at Kirkintilloch Town Hall - a folk night and a local talent competition.

Mr Hamilton said: “In view of the fact that it did feature local performers, the attendance at the latter event was the biggest disappointment of all, but the response on both nights was sad.”

September 5, 1973

Police were looking to reunite a multitude of lost obects with their original owners.

All the items had been handed in to the police station in Bishopbriggs.

They included three ladies watches, a Ronson gas cigarette lighter, a gold petrol cigarette lighter, a gold signet ring, a gold wedding ring, a gent’s wrist watch, and a gold lady’s cocktail watch.

The lost property Aladdin’s Cave also included a brown leather purse containing a large sum of money, a silver cross, several umbrellas and a briefcase.

The police also said that “various sums of money” had been handed into them by honest residents.

September 4, 1963

A daring raid on the Bishopbriggs branch of the Bank of Scotland saw thieves escape with more than £1,000 in the early hours of the morning.

The raiders climbed onto the flat roof of the bank using a ladder taken from a nearby builder’s yard and cut a three-foot wide hole into the manager’s office. They then blew open the night safe, using a carpet to deaden the noise of the explosion.

The alarm was raised by the bank’s cleaner the next morning.

Lanarkshire CID, who were investigating the robbery, believed it was the work of expert professionals who used a stolen car for their getaway.

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