Santa stolen! Take a trip Down Memory Lane with the Herald

Lairdsland PS 1970
Lairdsland PS 1970

JOIN us as we take a spin back through the decades and the files of the Kirkintilloch Herald...

50 YEARS AGO – December 19, 1962

TICKETS for the upcoming opening of Kirkintilloch’s new swimming baths were set to go on sale.

With demand expected to far outstrip supply, the 2s6d tickets were to be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of two briefs per applicant.

Starting at 2pm on Saturday, February 4, the ceremony would launch with an official opening by Provost Scott, followed by a special gala started by Olympic swimmer Ian Black.

Scottish Empire Games swimmers were expected to take part in the racing, organised by the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association.

THE Black Bull Cinema, in Kirkintilloch, was screening ‘Hell is for Heroes’, starring Steve

McQueen and Bobby Darin.

40 YEARS AGO – December 20, 1972

A PROPOSAL to site a public toilet next to a school was described as “rank bad planning” and “a shocking bit of thinking”.

Bishopbriggs councillor James Dunn slammed the recommendation by the town’s public health committee to build the convenience outside Auchinairn Primary School.

After hearing several protests from councillors Provost James Proctor continued the matter for further investigation.

Six possible sites had been suggested, but only two were considered suitable – with the other option already earmarked for a shopping development. Parents said it was an “inappropriate” site, with Provost Proctor admitting it seemed “rather peculiar”.

BISHOPBRIGGS Town Council gave the go-ahead for the Lyon Group to build a ‘hypermarket’, complete with warehouse, food preparation premises, office services, car park and petrol station, at Low Moss Industrial Estate.

30 YEARS AGO – December 22, 1982

LENZIE Academy pupils and staff were praised for producing better exam results than many of Scotland’s top fee-paying schools.

In a national survey the school, which had recently had three pupils accepted to Oxford University, beat all other state schools when it came to the average number of Higher exams passed.

But they also scored higher than schools which selected pupils and charged parents up to £1,500 a year in fees.

Lenzie rector Colin Brown told the Herald: “Top of the list of reasons we have done so well would be the quality and expertise of the teaching staff and the high expectations they have of their pupils.

“The higher your expectations the more you are liable to motivate pupils to give of their very best.”

RENEE and Renalto topped the local singles charts with ‘Save Your Love’. The John Lennon Collection was the number one album.

20 YEARS AGO – December 23, 1992

SCROOGE thieves put a dampener on Christmas when they stole SANTA from his Kirkintilloch grotto.

The mean crooks nabbed the mechanical Santa from the Regent Shopping Centre.

Centre boss Colin Norrie said: “The Santa figurine is about 18-inches tall and his arms and legs move.

“It’s worth around £75 and was bought by Kirkintilloch Community Council to decorate the centre’s grotto.

“It’s a real shame that a small minority of people seem determined to spoil things for the rest of us. It would be really nice if he was returned, but I don’t think there’s much chance of that.”

TELEVISION star Gerard Kelly was in town to officially launch the Kirkintilloch Arcade ‘Christmas Shopping Bonanza’.

10 YEARS AGO – December 25, 2002

THE demolition of a church hall unearthed a time capsule offering a fascinating window into the past.

The perfectly-preserved record of life in 1845 was found under one of Chryston Parish Church Hall’s door pillars.

It contained “a statement as to the circumstances of the erection of the Free Church”, along with a list of members and trustees, two newspapers, four coins, a medallion and cards for a dinner to mark the laying of the foundation stone.

Local historian Neil Kidd said: “I had mentioned to the church that there was a possibility a time capsule might be there because it was the habit of the time.

“It’s all very well written and in excellent condition, and gives a fascinating insight into why the church was built in Chryston.”

KIRKINTILLOCH Bowling Club were presented with the Senior League Championship Cup at the club’s end-of-year ceremony.

Did you know?

DANIEL McLaughlin Place, in Kirkintilloch’s Hillhead, is named after a local councillor who campaigned for the removal of the nearby Meiklehill Colliery bing.

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