A LOOK back through the Herald files and the mists of time in East Dunbartonshire...
50 YEARS AGO - May 9, 1962
A SHOCKED dad was landed with a bill for £12 after his 10-year-old son carried out a daring smash-and-grab raid.
The youngster broke into Kirkintilloch’s Auld Kirk Historical Centre by a back window, before smashing display cabinets and escaping with pistols, daggers and coins.
At the Juvenile Court Bailie Robert McAllister said: “We welcome visitors to the centre, provided they come by the front door and not by the rear window.
“The boy’s conduct has come as something of a shock to his parents.”
Before handing down the fine, Bailie McAllister added: “This is a very serious offence and if you persist in this kind of conduct you will find yourself in trouble.”
RABBITS were set to be exhibited for the first time at the Kirkintilloch and District Agricultural Show - to be held at Dryfield.
40 YEARS AGO - May 10, 1972
A MILD winter could lead to a bumper year for household pests - that was the warning from the Herald’s ‘Woman’s Way’ column.
Local entomologist Dr Colin Hawkes had forecasted that residents could be plagued by large numbers of wasps, ants, flies, fleas, carpet beetles and clothes moths in the warmer months of 1972. The potential plague was being blamed on a lack of freezing weather at the start of the year. Houses with central heating and wall-to-wall carpets were thought to be most at risk - giving the bug’s larvae ready-made warmth and cover. The solution, according to the column, was to clear up all food waste and “puff insect powder into crevices, in between floorboards and underfelt”.
TELEVISION highlights in the Herald’s listings pages included ‘The Goodies’, ‘Pot Black’ and ‘This Is Your Life’.
30 YEARS AGO - May 12, 1982
A SURVEY of library services concluded that people in Strathkelvin were reading less than they did a year earlier.
The District Libraries Report said it was the first time in seven years that the number of books borrowed had dropped.
The bulk of the slump was accounted for by the junior departments, with 16,059 less books issued - including 10,119 fewer at Bishopbriggs Library alone.
Bishopbriggs librarian Alice Mackenzie said it was due to “the decreasing number of primary school age children in the town”.
She added that a lack of space at Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library and an over-reliance on the mobile library could also be to blame.
A MODERNISATION programme was set to transform 110 council houses in Kirkintilloch’s Waverly Crescent.
20 YEARS AGO - May 13, 1992
BIRD photographer Bryce Stevenson was left with nowhere to HIDE...after thieves nicked his camouflaged shelter.
The Kirkintilloch Camera Club member had built the hide to photograph lapwings in a field near Campsie Road - but just days later it had been stolen.
He told the Herald: “I just don’t understand it - the hide is of no use to anyone apart from a photographer like me.
“It took me hours to convert my old tent into the hide - especially as I had to sew it on my wife’s sewing machine.
“I just keep on hoping that whoever stole my hide will return it to me as soon as they can.”
A BOLT of lightning struck a substation in Kirkintilloch, plunging hundreds of homes into darkness for several hours.
10 YEARS AGO - May 15, 2002
A KIRKINTILLOCH football team were preparing for the biggest match in their history.
Harestanes Amateurs, fresh from celebrating their 21st anniversary, were set to take on Dunbarton Academy FPs in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.
Hundreds of local supporters were expected to make the journey to the national stadium to cheer on their side.
Hares’ boss Bobby Pullen told the Herald: “There is a real buzz around the town about the game.
“I just hope the players perform on the day and don’t freeze or let nerves get to them.
“To play in a national final at Hampden is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
“It really is a chance of a lifetime.”
CRIME across East Dunbartonshire had fallen by almost five per cent in just a year - according to figures released by Strathclyde Police.
Did you know?
IN the 1830s more than 50,000 tonnes of coal a year were transported from the coalfields around Coatbridge to Kirkintilloch by horse-drawn wagon.
The coal was then shipped by canal to Falkirk and Edinburgh.
ROYAL CELEBRATION: Pictured is the Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II by Provost James Peter at Kirkintilloch Town Hall (1952).