Window on the Past

A trip down Memory Lane
A trip down Memory Lane

Our weekly look at the Herald archives. This week’s photo: The Bishopbriggs & District Badminton League dance at Glasgow’s Christian Institute in the mid 1900s.

February 1, 1995

Stunned health watchdogs hit out at hospital bosses after it was revealed that hundreds of Strathkelvin patients were being asked to remove their own stitches each year.

Strathkelvin Health Forum chairman Sam Watson blasted the system and was demanding a full enquiry.

Stobhill spokesperson Gavin Brown confirmed that the kits - containing a scalpel blade and a set of mini plastic forceps - were issued to patients at the hospital’s Menopause Clinic.

But he denied that the scheme was introduced to cut costs and insisted that no formal medical training was needed to carry out the procedure - removing a single stitch made after a hormone implant.

January 30, 1985

A boy who nearly drowned after falling through ice on the canal in Kirkintilloch said a big “thank you” to the two teenagers who saved him.

Barry Russell (15) and Eric McAra (14), were practising golf near their homes when they heard a cry for help.

Racing to the canal they saw nine-year-old Joseph McCormick struggling to get out of the freezing water after falling through the ice.

Spreading out so the ice would take his weight, Barry slithered out to Joseph and used his golf club to help the youngster out.

Joseph said: “The water was freezing. I was very glad that Barry and Eric came on the scene so quickly.”

January 29, 1975

A tipper driver with Bishopbriggs Cleansing Department achieved every artist’s dream by landing his own one-man exhibition.

Gavin, from Springburn Crescent, saw his fantasy become a reality when his work was displayed for a month in the lounge of his local sports club.

It included studies of elephants by an African waterhole; the tranquillity of a Lanarkshire canal bank and the grandeur of Edinburgh Castle.

Gavin described his hobby as a form of escapism. He said: “I am self-taught and I am learning all the time.”

The 38-year-old was married and had three children - Paul, Gordon and Laura-Jane.

January 28, 1965

A Kirkintilloch security man was fined £4 after being found guilty of the theft or reset of a wheelbarrow worth £3.

He denied the charge but evidence was presented in court that the piece of equipment had gone missing from the Scottish Special Housing Association and had been found shortly afterward behind the house where he lived.

The accused said that he had bought the barrow in good faith for £1 from a man exercising greyhounds.