DOWN Memory Lane with the Kirkintilloch Herald – May 1963-2003
50 YEARS AGO - May 1, 1963
DISTRICT councillors rejected an application by a village tennis club to play on Sundays.
At a previous meeting of the Ninth District Council, council clerk John McGhee advised that there was no reason to refuse the request by Stepps Lawn Tennis Club.
But Councillor William Cook led calls to turn down the proposal after two ministers at nearby churches said they were against the plans.
Councillor Cook said: “I am afraid that the injury to the amenity could be greater than the added amenity of Sunday tennis.
“We must consider that this may be the start of applications for Sunday sport. Why not football applications? You cannot draw a line between one sport and another.”
ITEMS for sale in the Herald’s classified section included an upright piano for £5 and a Lambretta 150cc scooter for £70.
40 YEARS AGO - May 2, 1973
THREE families living in temporary housing were facing eviction after running up large electricity bills.
The families had been living in Luggiebank Road, Kirkintilloch, and had been given three months to find alternative accommodation by Dunbartonshire Social Work Department.
They had lived in the houses for more than two years and had been making weekly contributions of £1.50 for accommodation and electricity.
But during their stay the electricity bills had been consistently high - amounting to between £42 and £99 per quarter.
The social work director felt that the houses were not being used properly and that the families, who were accused of “taking advantage of the position”, were not making any attempt to find a permanent home.
TRAVEL agent JH Lewis and Partners Ltd, on Kirkintilloch’s Cowgate, were offering terrific flights to the USA and Canada from just £65 return.
30 YEARS AGO - May 4, 1983
TEENAGER Dieter Aretz was left feeling fed up after his bike was stolen - leaving him with a three mile walk to work.
The 19-year-old had recently accepted a job as a day care worker at Woodhead House, in Kirkintilloch, and was using the 10-speed racing bike to get there from his home in Torrance.
But after it was taken from outside the council offices, in Kirkintilloch, he was given no choice but to walk to work - as there was no bus service from Torrance to Kirkintilloch at the times he needed.
He said: “It’s not so bad at this time of year, but it is still quite a distance to walk.
“If the thief were to give it back I’d forgive and forget.”
A KIRKINTILLOCH woman was fined £25 after having the electricity supply to her house illegally reconnected after being cut off over unpaid bills.
20 YEARS AGO - May 5, 1993
PLANS to introduce CCTV cameras to cut down on crime in Kirkintilloch Town Centre moved a step closer.
At a meeting involving representatives from shops, businesses, the police and the town’s community council, a special steering group was formed to push for progress on the project.
Regent Shopping Centre boss Colin Norrie told the Herald: “Opinion on the matter still appears to be favourable.
“We will now be looking at all aspects of the proposals in great detail.
“The next step is to work closely with Airdrie who have already done a lot of research on the scheme.”
ROB Roy were just a single point short of certain promotion to the First Division after a last-gasp winner gave them a 2-1 win over Port Glasgow.
10 YEARS AGO - May 7, 2003
THE Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch area was rapidly becoming known as the “golden triangle” after producing a third lottery millionaire.
Pensioner George Oliver, from Bishopbriggs, scooped the £1,140,850 jackpot after matching all six numbers.
It came just weeks after Andrew Strain, from Waterside, landed a £5.6million win.
He said: “I’ve been playing the lottery since it began and I’ve won a few tenners in my time but nothing like this.
“The first thing I did was phone my daughters to tell them the good news and my wife made me a cup of tea.
“It’s a dream come true for me and my family.”
PUBLISHERS Harper Collins marked World Book Day by donating 1,000 books to four local primary schools.
Did you know?
IN 2003 a programme in Mugdock Country Park became the first in Scotland to successfully breed rare mud snails in captivity.
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