UFO spotted in Kirkintilloch, snow blizzards and world’s fastest solar car – it’s Down Memory Lane for January 9!

Springburn was famous throughout the world for its railway engineering works. Pictured is the Caledonian 4-4-0 locomotive, which was built at the St Rollox Works.
Springburn was famous throughout the world for its railway engineering works. Pictured is the Caledonian 4-4-0 locomotive, which was built at the St Rollox Works.

TAKE a trip through the files of the Herald as we turn back the clock – 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years!

50 YEARS AGO - January 9, 1963

TELEVISION viewers in the Kirkintilloch area were getting used to spotting a familiar face on the box.

St Mary’s Parish Church minister Reverend Frank Haughton was becoming something of a regular on the BBC.

He appeared on the channel’s ‘Late Call’ every evening for a week giving a short sermon before programming closed for the evening.

Herald columnist Robin Campsie reported: “Keenly interested in education, Reverend Haughton served on the county educator committee and is now a member of the local education committee. His first charge, incidentally, was in Kirkcaldy for six years before he moved to Kirkintilloch and a congregation of over 1,400.

“It was clever of him, in view of the approaching Burns celebrations, to preface his nightly talk with a quotation from the poet.”

A 25-YEAR-OLD Kirkintilloch man was jailed for three months after admitting breaking into a newsagent on Christmas morning and stealing a large quantity of cigarettes.

40 YEARS AGO - January 10, 1973

A SIGHTING of an Unidentified Flying Object was reported in the skies over Kirkintilloch.

The otherworldly UFO was apparently spotted by local resident Jim Twaddle when he was walking near his home in the town’s High Street.

He claimed he saw an object about 45ft long hovering in the air towards Kilsyth.

The “something” remained at a height of around 400ft for several minutes before rising a further 600ft and then disappearing, according to Jim.

The object was described as being “bright and shiny” and was also spotted by several other people - although police say there had been no reports.

Jim said: “I thought it was a plane but then I noticed it wasn’t coming any closer. Then it just vanished.”

TRAVEL agents J H Lewis and Partners Limited, in Kirkintilloch’s Cowgate, were offering summer holidays to Spain from just £44 and Italy from £66.

30 YEARS AGO - January 12, 1983

THE Herald’s ‘Pop Pickings’ music column predicted there was “a great year in prospect for rock fans” in 1983.

Some of the top names in the industry were rumoured to be visiting Scotland in the coming months - many for the first time in years.

Top of the list of must-sees was Bruce Springsteen, while Supertramp were also said to be on the verge of announcing an extensive European tour, along with Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Acts already set to venture north of the border included Randy Newman who would play Edinburgh’s Playhouse - the same venue as 10cc.

Meanwhile, Glasgow would welcome Madness and Bob Seger, whose new album The Distance had just hit the shops.

THE Rio Cinema was showing a comedy double-bill of Canonball Run and Porky’s.

20 YEARS AGO - January 13, 1993

IT was SNOW GO for motorists across Strathkelvin as blizzard conditions brought traffic to a standstill.

Queues stretched back for more than five miles on some roads as drivers battled to get into work on the Monday morning.

One commuter said it took him three hours just to make the short journey from Lennoxtown to Glasgow.Council officials hit back at claims that they had been caught unaware - insisting that gritters had been working around the clock since the day before the snow hit.

The fearsome weather also put paid to train services from Lenzie for several hours, while villagers in Auchinloch were left without electricity for more than six hours.

BISHOPBRIGGS schoolboy Paul Robertson (17) landed a role in BBC sitcom Rab C Nesbitt - playing Jamesie Cotter’s son Aaron.

10 YEARS AGO - January 15, 2003

THE world’s fastest solar powered car made a pit-stop at Lenzie Academy during a tour of Europe.

Pupils at the school got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the space-age vehicle, which beat 42 other hi-tech cars in a four day race across Australia during the World Solar Challenge.

Over 300 pupils enjoyed a talk by the Alpha Centauri team who drove the futuristic car to victory. Physics teacher Jess Cooke won the visit at a meeting of the European Space Agency in Holland. Pupil Andrew Mcdonald said: “Mrs Cooke is very enthusiastic about science and space physics and she really brings the subject to life for us.

“Thanks to her we got the chance to meet the guys who helped design and drive the car to a world record.”

TRAVEL agent Leigh Chisholm, from Kirkintilloch, was named Lunn Poly’s Central Scotland Employee of the Year for 2002.

Did you know?

EAST Dunbartonshire was voted the best place in Britain to raise a family in a 2007 Reader’s Digest poll.

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