Down Memory Lane as we turn back the clock in East Dunbartonshire...
August 18, 1993
Regional council bosses came under fire from an angry district councillor for postponing work on the Bishopbriggs relief road.
Tory councillor Billy Hendry said the £1.6million project might never have been delayed...if Strathkelvin was governed by only one local authority.
He explained: “This is a prime example which shows the need for one local authority instead of the district and the regional councils.
“One authority instead of two would seek to meet the needs of local people.”
Originally, plans to start work on the relief road were scheduled for autumn 1995. But the Region claimed that due to lack of funding they had to shelve plans for another three years.
August 17, 1983
An ambitious project was planned for Strathkelvin aiming to make it easier for the disabled and handicapped to take part in a popular pastime.
The Seagull Trust, which provides free canal cruising in Scotland for people with special needs, was to extend its activities to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Strathkelvin.
A cruising barge, built specially to suit the needs of the disabled, was to be in place the following year, providing canal trips between Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs.
A former electricity sub-station at Townhead was being converted into a reception centre base for the trips as part of a £50,000 building programme.
August 15, 1973
Adamslie Park, in Kirkintilloch, was one again turned into a vast panorama of colour and excitement when the seventh annual Highland Games took place.
There were nearly three hours of good-class athletics and kindred events.
The Games were officially opened by the Chieftain, James K McLellan, the Chief Constable of Lanarkshire, flanked by a number of distinguished local personages.
The premier event of the day was undoubtedly the 3,000 metres Cutty Sark individual and team race. It was reported that it was disappointing not to see J L Stewart in the event - for which he held the record of eight minutes and 15.8 seconds, set up in 1971.
August 14, 1963
For the first time in the long history of Kirkintilloch, an investiture was held in the burgh when one of its most distinguished citizens was presented with the British Empire Medal. The ceremony was held at the council chambers.
The recipient was 80-year-old John Friel, from Hillhead, and the medal came to him in recognition of his work for the St Andrew’s Ambulance Association over a period of more than half a century.
The investiture was conducted by the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham.
Mr Friel said that he little thought when starting in First Aid in November 1912, that it would lead to such a great honour.
PICTURED ABOVE: Members of Bishopbriggs Badminton Club are pictured at a Bishopbriggs and District League dance. It was held at the Christian Institute in West George Street, Glasgow. Do you recognise anyone in the photo?
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