LOOKING back on the history of East Dunbartonshire – what was happening locally over the past five decades?
50 YEARS AGO – August 1, 1962
A SINGING celebrity returned home for a flying visit.
Joan Summers, from Kirkintilloch, caught up with old friends on a three week trip to Scotland a year after starting a new life in New York.
Joan had found fame after winning STV’s ‘Stars in their Eyes’ talent contest three years earlier - landing a holiday to the USA, a television contract and a years’ musical study in Italy.
She had also displayed a gift for languages after picking up Italian in less than a year.
She said: “I’m also learning German and brushing up on my school French. With so many nationalities in New York there’s an extra thrill in shopping trying to speak the languages of the butcher and the grocer.”
A TEENAGER who dropped a sweet wrapper in Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch, was fined 10 shillings.
40 YEARS AGO - August 2, 1972
SOME of the top names in Scottish athletics were set to appear at the Kirkintilloch Highland Games.
The event, held at Adamslie Park, was expected to attract thousands of sports fans from across the country.
Scots runner Ian McCafferty was making his last competitive appearance before travelling to Munich with the British Olympic Squad.
McCafferty would run in the Cutty Sark 3,000m - a race he won two years earlier “in thrilling fashion”.
Other events included Scottish Championship Wrestling, Cumberland-style Wrestling, Highland Dancing and a 10 mile road race.
Meanwhile, teams from Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Cumbernauld, would battle it out in a multi-event tournament.
HOEYS of Springburn were offering a divan bed, complete with headboard and bedding, for £32 - with a 10 per cent discount for cash sales.
30 YEARS AGO – August 4, 1982
A TRICKSY 12-year-old was making his magical television debut.
Paul Hamilton (12), from Kirkintilloch, appeared in the BBC’s United Shoelace Show hosted by Radio Clyde DJ Tiger Tim Stevens.
The young magician was one of hundreds of youngsters who auditioned for the show.
He said: “I became interested in magic when somebody gave me a trick to try about a year ago.
“Since then I’ve just kept building up to more difficult things.
“I want to keep on learning and go on to some of the bigger tricks.”
His favourite illusions included producing an egg out of thin air, magically changing the colour of water and mysteriously transferring money from one wallet to another.
CAMBRIDGE University student Stewart Graham (37), from Kirkintilloch, appeared on the BBC’s University Challenge representing Pembroke College.
20 YEARS AGO – August 5, 1992
NEARLY 90 years of baby care at Stobhill was set to come to an end after the campaign to save the hospital’s maternity unit foundered.
Over one thousand Herald readers wrote to Scottish Secretary Ian Lang demanding the department be kept open but there was to be no u-turn.
The last baby born at Stobhill was little Gregor Hogan from North Kelvinside, in Glasgow - who pipped Lenzie baby Calum Mackintosh to the title by minutes.
Hands off Stobhill campaign Sam Watson said: “The maternity unit at Stobhill gave a good service to the community and it’s sad that this has come to an end.
“There are no words to describe my feelings at this time.”
MOODIESBURN boxer Brian Carr crashed out of the Barcelona Olympics but was still set to receive a hero’s welcome on his return home.
10 YEARS AGO – August 7, 2002
TWO brothers from Kirkintilloch were catching up after meeting for the first time in 60 years.
Former army RSM Archie Kirkwood (89) last saw Robert (81) when he joined the Royal Navy during the second world war.
Their leave home always conflicted and after Robert emigrated to Austrailia in 1947 they only managed to speak to each other on one occasion.
Robert’s only other contact had been an exchange of cards.
He returned home from Canberra for an emotional reunion with Archie and his family.
Archie’s daughter Joan said: “I was going to keep the trip a secret but thought it might have been too much for my dad to take. He was beside himself when he found out.
“It’s like they’ve never been parted.”
THERE was major flooding in Kirkintilloch’s Cowgate after heavy rain hit the town.
Did you know?
IN the 19th Century the Etna Foundry operated in the Townhead area of Kirkintilloch - it was named thus because it produced smoke and flames like the famous Mount Etna volcano in Italy.