JOIN the Herald for our latest jaunt back into the past as we pore through the archives of past issues – January 2, 2013.
50 YEARS AGO - January 2, 1963
A CELTIC fan from Kirkintilloch was lucky not be out-of-pocket after a mishap at a match.
The well-known Hillhead resident was watching his team play from his usual spot in the Parkhead enclosure when it started to rain.
He realised he’d forgotten his hat, put his hand into his jacket’s breast pocket and pulled out a handkerchief which he placed on his head.
It was only when he got home he found that he was missing two five pound notes he’d put in the same pocket.
He called Celtic who invited him back to the stadium the next day where he returned to his favoured spot and found the fivers in a pile of litter.
KIRKINTILLOCH Junior Choir were looking forward to celebrating their 25th anniversary with a series of events - including a reunion at Kirkintilloch Town Hall.
40 YEARS AGO - January 3, 1973
A DISABLED Milton of Campsie teenager and a 30-year-old nursing officer were presented with the Royal Humane Society’s testimonial after rescuing a drowning boy.
David Marshall (17) and Michael McFadden received the award for the rescue of Daniel Jones (15) from the Ashen Wells reservoir.
David dived fully-clothed into the water to pull the struggling boy to safety after seeing him sink beneath the surface.
Michael then gave him artificial respiration before he was taken to hospital and regained consciousness two hours later.
The prize citation read: “Despite incapacity and considerable personal risk David displayed great bravery and, together with Mr McFadden’s timely resuscitation, a highly commendable rescue resulted.”
DUNBARTON County Council’s education committee were considering lifting a ban on female janitors in Kirkintilloch’s three secondary schools.
30 YEARS AGO - January 5, 1983
POLITICAL activists were slammed for an attack on a quiet town centre street.
District Councillor Abie Vaughn said the people who sprayed ‘Ban the Bomb’ and CND symbols on walls and garage doors in Kirkintilloch’s Queen Street were “misguided”.
A resident said: “Why these idiots chose Queen Street to paint their slogans defeats all reason. It’s crazy.
“It beats me what these people get out of this sort of behaviour.”
Alan Wilson, chair of the local branch of CND, said: “We would denounce this vandalism in the strongest possible terms.
“This was strictly against CND policy and will do nothing at all to help our cause.
“I can’t believe any of our members would be stupid enough to do this.”
SEVERAL items from an Alice in Wonderland exhibition - including a glass paperweight and models of the white rabbit and dormouse - were stolen during a break-in at Kirkintilloch’s Auld Kirk Museum.
20 YEARS AGO - January 6, 1993
A YOUNG runner was hoping to be the pride of Scotland after being chosen to represent her country.
Turnbull High School pupil Clare McCarron (15) was set to compete with the national squad at an event in the Midlands later in the year.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d made it onto the squad. I was so pleased.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
The youngster, who wanted to be a PE teacher, added: “I train three times a week with the local Strathkelvin running club and my fellow members help put me through my paces.
“I get a great deal of encouragement from them and I really enjoy my running.”
MORE Stores’ Kirkintilloch branch were holding a New Year sale with kids’ jumpers at 29p and ladies’ blouses for £1.99.
10 YEARS AGO - January 8, 2003
A JEWELLERY designer appeared in the New Year’s Honours List just months after designing a special piece for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Former Lenzie Academy pupil Michael Laing (50) said he was “shocked and excited” to be awarded the OBE for services to the arts in Scotland.
He added: “You do what you do and don’t expect particular recognition. The unexpected white crested letter advising me of the OBE was a very pleasant surprise to arrive in the post among the usual brown enveloped bills.”
Michael, who had organised a concert in Edinburgh which had raised almost £400,000 for leukaemia charities, had presented the Queen with the piece of gold jewellery at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
SHOPKEEPERS were told to keep an eye out after multiple reports of fake pound coins being found in tills across the town.
Did you know?
THERE have been six Provosts of East Dunbartonshire Council. Current councillor John Dempsey was the first and served from April 1995 until May 1999.
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