Window on ther Past

New bridge opens in Kirkintilloch
New bridge opens in Kirkintilloch

October 20, 1994

Councillors were to spend £70,000 a year to make Strathkelvin’s play parks safer.

But Tory Councillor Billy Hendry told the Labour administration they should double the amount.

Council leader Charles Kennedy said Government cuts meant Strathkelvin could not spend more and that the council did not have the money to do this.

He agreed that one child injured was one too many, but challenged Councillor Hendry to say where he would find the extra cash.

Councillor Hendry raged that the council was spending cash on cosmetic projects.

It was agreed a survey of all play parks would be carried out.

October 21, 1984

There was a splendid turnout at the Stepps Parish Church Men’s Club meeting when Ian Bruce of the Glasgow Herald 
described his experiences with the task force in the Falklands Campaign.

‘‘On this assignment,’’ said the speaker, ‘‘I was assured it would be a pleasant holiday trip on the Canberra for, at the most, three weeks.’’

He added: “In all, I was away for three and a half months and came back with memories that will remain with me all my life.”

In a low, quiet voice, Mr Bruce brought out the horrors of modern warfare and recalled the lighter moments and the close comradeship.

Many in the audience were reminded of their experiences in the Second World War.

October 19, 1974

Queenie, the three-year-old Alsation pet of the McAdam family of Myrtle Avenue, Lenzie was recovering after her seven-day ordeal in which her head was stuck down a rabbit hole.

Queenie failed to return from her daily romp on the moss and the family scoured the district without success.

Police arrived at the McAdam’s home to say Queenie had been found only yards away. The root of a tree at the hole had trapped her neck where she had struggled to free herself.

She was bedraggled, thin as a rake and shaking with fear and cold. Fearing she would have to be shot, the police contacted the SSPCA. But when she was dug out by an inspector, she licked him in gratitude. She recovered well.

October 18, 1964

Staf at Goudie’s knitwear factory in Broadcroft, Kirkintilloch were working round the clock to cope with huge overseas orders.

Three massive looms, each capable of knitting eight garments at a time, were added to the operations. Valued at £9,000, these machines weighed six tons each.

Owner Mr H Goudie said staff would be working round the clock and an extra 50 staff employed.

Goudie’s Shetland and Fair Isle woolen garments were bound for America and Canada, where demand for Scottish knitwear was a premium. Switzerland was also loving the soft wool from Scottish sheep coupled with Scottish craftsmanship.