Travel through time with the Kirkintilloch Herald – back to August 28, 1963

In the early 20th century those wanting to cool off in Kirkintilloch could go to the ice cream van of their day - a specially-designed cart pulled by a horse. Pictured are two of the carts operated by Cosmini's attracting custom near the town's Cowgate.
In the early 20th century those wanting to cool off in Kirkintilloch could go to the ice cream van of their day - a specially-designed cart pulled by a horse. Pictured are two of the carts operated by Cosmini's attracting custom near the town's Cowgate.

Take a trip Down Memory Lane as we leaf through the files of the Herald...

September 1, 1993

A man cheated serious injury during a weekend walk after falling 40 feet on to rocks in the Campsie Hills, near Lennoxtown.

John Smith (40), from Maryhill in Glasgow, injured his back in the death defying plunge.

He was walking with friends near the Crow Road car park when he tumbled.

A police helicopter was called out to help in the rescue and fire fighters also rushed to the scene.

Initially it was thought that he had broken his back, but a police spokesperson said: “It was quite an amazing escape.

“The injured man was taken to hospital and although he had severe back pain, X-rays showed that nothing was broken.”

August 31, 1983

Enterprising Kirkintilloch businessman Stephen McLaughlin was hoping to make his fortune by farming an animal considered a delicacy in continental Europe.

The 23-year-old had recently given up his job in the building trade to set up a RABBIT farm with the financial backing of his father James.

According to Stephen, the present price of rabbit worked out at around 34p per pound, with each rabbit sold at around 10-weeks old weighing around six pounds.

He added that one female rabbit could give birth to a litter of around 16 every month.

And he refused to get sentimental about the trade, saying: “I never think about it. They all look the same to me.”

August 29, 1973

Two local youngsters won parts in a Children’s Foundations adventure film which was shortly to start filming in Elgin.

Joseph McKenna (13), from Kirkintilloch, and Lois Marshall (14), from Lenzie, landed two of the four leading roles in Campbell’s Journey.

It was the latest tilt at stardom for Joseph, who had already appeared in television programme The Main Chance, as well as several adverts.

But it was to be a screen debut for Lois.

The film, telling the story of four children who get caught up in a spy caper, was set to be released nationwide in ABC Cinemas as a serial.

Both actors were to be tutored during filming so they didn’t fall behind on school work.

August 28. 1963

A plague of rabbits swept the Park Road area of Bishopbriggs.

Hundreds of the animals gobbled up plants, leaving gardeners hopping mad.

It was thought that the rabbits had come from nearby fields recently taken over for a private housing development.

Householders said the problem was getting worse, with one heartbroken resident seeing £3-worth of expensive new plants disappear overnight.

Mrs J. Scott said: “There is a man with a gun who comes round almost every night. He has helped a great deal but the problem is far from solved.

“The rabbits are responsible for a great deal of damage in many of the gardens locally.”

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