Window on the Past

Window on the Past
Window on the Past

Kirkintilloch Herald archives.

December 14, 1994

Strathkelvin came to a standstill two weeks before Christmas with the worst floods to hit the area in more than 
30 years.

The torrential rain caused havoc in the district as emergency teams battled round the clock to take residents to safety and prevent further damage to property.

Eastside was one of the worst affected areas as dozens of homes, business premises and vehicles were submerged.

Thousands of homes throughout Strathkelvin were left in darkness as power supplies went down.

Rescue operations were carried out using a variety of methods,from boats to a JCB.

Two young men from Twechar, Jamie McClement and John Furay, lost their lives when the car they were in was swept away in the swollen River Kelvin near Gavell Bridge, which had been smashed by the raging flood water.

A third young man, James Gibson, escaped from the car.

December 12, 1984

There were calls for a new bus service which would give people from Strathkelvin a direct link with three Glasgow hospitals.

The move came from the Northern district local health council who, at their latest meeting, decided to ask bus operators for a fast service to Glasgow on a route passing 
Ruchill Hospital, the Western Infirmary and Yorkhill.

The council said the new service would help not only hospital visitors and patients but city office workers and students too.

Health council secretary Hugh Bain said at the time: “As well as good news for patients, it could be a very profitable route for bus 
operators.”

December 18, 1974

Despite the bus strike and rise in inflation, Kirkintilloch 
shoppers were on an all-out spending spree for Christmas.

This was confirmed by shop owners 
this week.

Woolworth’s in the town said business had only been slightly affected by the bus strike but that Christmas items had started to sell quickly in the past week.

A shop manager said at the time: “The most popular items so far are records and 
toiletries.”

Another store doing well was Sellyn’s whose fashions still seemed as popular .

Mr Harold Sellyn said: “People have been spending like there is no tomorrow.”

December 6, 1964

There were celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of 
Lenzie Old Parish Church.

The church, described as one of the area’s most historic and impressive churches, was built in 1874.

The congregation of 700 attended a service of celebration and a special edition of the church magazine gave a potted history of the building.

Two years after the church was opened, Lenzie broke away from the parish of Kirkintilloch and Cadder, and became a parish in its own right.

Lenzie is now split in two Church of Scotland Parishes, Lenzie Old and Lenzie Union.

Picture of the week: Bus driver James Bowman and a conductress are pictured in this 1927 photograph on the Campsie Glen-Kirkintilloch-Glasgow bus service. the number of buses and coaches in the UK more than doubled from 1919-35 and undermined the dominance of the railway.