Window on the Past

The women and children of the Cameron family are pictured in Lenzie in 1910.

The women and children of the Cameron family are pictured in Lenzie in 1910.

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August 5, 1964

Kirkintilloch residents were set to be without a cinema for two weeks after the proprietors of the Black Bull picture house revealed they were carrying out a spot of decorating.

The cinema was expected to remain shut for the last week of August and the first week of September.

New films at the time included the “hilarious tale” of ‘The Pink Panther’, starring Peter Sellers, David Niven and Robert Wagner.

For younger audience members, the cinema was showing ‘The Shaggy Dog’, featuring Fred McMurray and Jean Hagan in a tale about a man who turns into a dog.

August 7, 1974

Gartcosh was set to hold its first ever gymkhana, with organisers John and Lottie Geddes promising to make it a day the village would never forget.

John and his wife were taking charge of the pony and horde events, with John something of an expert thanks to his position as chair of the Strathblane and District Pony Club.

All money raised was to be donated to Gartcosh Parish Church.

Lottie said: “We want everybody in the community to come along.

“There will be a donkey derby, flower display, stalls, sideshows and a dog show, as well as the pony jumping and gymkhana. This is being designed as a family affair.”

August 8, 1984

Two Strathkelvin girls, both members of the Kirkintilloch and Campsie Pony Club, had been enjoying a lot of success in the world of equestrian sports.

Ailsa Jamieson (19), from Lenzie, had qualified to represent Scotland at the Pony Club National Championships Horse Trials at Birmingham.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Lorraine McGhee, of Milton of Campsie, had picked up trophies and rosettes at a string of events.

Her most recent triumph had been winning the Strathblane and District Pony Club Henderson Cup at the Duntreath One-Day event.

The St Ninian’s High School pupil had also won the Kirkintilloch Jubilee Cup.

August 3, 1994

Kirkintilloch stuntman John Malcolm was set to share the screen with superstar Mel Gibson in Braveheart.

He had just finished a six-week session on the blockbuster, playing an English soldier and a villager.

And he had acted alongside Gibson in several scenes shot at Glen Nevis.

John said: “The hardest part was watching the rushes - film shot earlier in the day.

“He was watching film of me acting. It was quite an experience.

“I was in quite a few scenes with him. At one point I was chasing him through the village and was also involved in the wedding scene in the film.”