Down Memory Lane – take a trip back in time to August 15, 1962

St Mary's Parish Church, Kirkintilloch - opening of the halls in 1963
St Mary's Parish Church, Kirkintilloch - opening of the halls in 1963

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50 YEARS AGO - August 15, 1962

THE romantic drama of the race track ‘These men are dangerous’ was showing for one night only at the Black Bull Cinema, in Kirkintilloch.

Kirk Douglas stars in the film as a reckless motor racing ace.

40 YEARS AGO - August 16, 1972

CONSTRUCTION work at Langmuir, where 88 houses were being built, as well as modernisation work taking place in Hillhead, came virtually to a standstill when construction workers walked out on strike.

The strike was over a dispute about wages. However, by the following day the situation had improved.

The unions had decided on a resumption of work, with industrial action restricted to selective striking.

However, following the weekend, two unions met in Glasgow and came out with two separate decisions.

Members of the Transport and General Workers Union decided by a majority to adopt the official line of action and resume work with only selective stoppages and a ban on overtime.

At the same time, a meeting of about 250 West of Scotland union shop stewards voted for continuing the all-out strike until the Wednesday.

SCOTLAND’S biggest and most important inter-club swimming contest was to be held at Kirkintilloch pool.

The competition was the annual invitation age-group swim meet held by Kirkintilloch Amateur Swimming Club.

30 YEARS AGO - August 18, 1982

A FORMER Provost of Bishopbriggs lodged a protest over Strathkelvin District Council’s proposal to build a new civic headquarters.

James Young claimed that the chosen site, in Lenzie Road, Kirkintilloch, was unsuitable and the likely expense unjustified.

In a letter, Mr Young said: “The capital expenditure involved, whether it be met partly by the local authority and partly from general taxation, will likely be an intolerable burden on both for many years to come.”

A MAJOR oil company proposed to drill for oil in Twechar.

Tricentrol Oil Corporation Ltd, as holders of onshore oil exploration licences, intimated to the district council their intention to undertake a seismic survey along roads in the area.

A member of the planning board said: “Twechar could be the Dallas of Strathkelvin.”

20 YEARS AGO - August 19, 1992

POLICE set a trap for cruel car thieves who targeted the vehicles of hospital staff and visitors.

The scheme was launched at Stobhill Hospital in a bid to curb car crime in the hospital grounds, where 25 cars were stolen and 51 were broken into in the first six months of the year.

Code-named Operation Hyena, the idea behind the scheme was to offer an unmarked car with a number of valuables on display as bait.

The vehicle would be under surveillance by police officers.

A FURIOUS row erupted after plans to extend the Strathkelvin Retail Park in Bishopbriggs were given the go-ahead.

Tory councillor Billy Hendry claimed the proposal failed to comply with the Bishopbriggs local plan, Strathclyde Region’s plan, and a tree preservation order.

But planning chiefs said their hands were tied, after the Secretary of State for Scotland overturned their decision to refuse planning permission.

10 YEARS AGO - August 21

GREATER Glasgow health chiefs travelled halfway round the world to check out ambulatory care centres in California... when there was one just 400 miles away in London.

Central Middlesex Hospital was home to the UK’s only ACAD.

But, no one from Greater Glasgow NHS Board, or its predecessor Greater Glasgow Health Board, had been to see the groundbreaking facility, despite the fact that they were planning to build a £60million ACAD at Stobhill.

The shocking claim came to light during a fact finding visit, when Save Stobhill campaigners travelled to London to meet two of the UK’s leading experts on ambulatory care.

ONE of the most eagerly-awaited football matches in recent years was due to take place at Adamslie Park in Kirkintilloch.

Stars from Channel 4 soaps Hollyoaks and Brookside were to turn out for a celebrity side to raise money for Turning Point Scotland.

Did you know?

Kirkintilloch used to host a Highland Games. In August 1972 attendance at the games was up by 1,000 on the previous year, with more than 4,000 people attending.

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