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Milton of campsie parish church 1908

Milton of campsie parish church 1908

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50 YEARS AGO - June 13, 1962

THE Scottish Cup-winning Rob Rob team added to their trophy tally by beating Vale of Leven 2-1 in the final of the Dunbartonshire Cup.

It was a fairly dull game, with the Herald reporting: “The players’ performance disappointed those spectators who wanted to see clever football, but so heavy have been the local team’s commitments recently that it was no wonder that the players were stale in their approach to the game.”

But Rabs were denied a clean sweep of silverware when, in the same week, they lost 2-1 to Shettleston in the quarter-final of the Pompey Cup – a goal in extra time sealing their fate.

ITEMS for sale in the Herald’s classified section included 100 leek plants for three shillings and a 1961 Bianchi moped priced at £35.

40 YEARS AGO - June 14, 1972

A NEW £80,000 church was opened in Bishopbriggs with a special Thursday evening service taken by the Rev. James Cran.

Springfield Cambridge Church was filled to capacity for the inaugural service, with many of the town’s most prominent residents packing the pews. The new building was needed after the congregation soared from around 300 to more that 1,500 in just a few years – because of new housing nearby.

The old church could only hold 300 people, but the new building added an extra 400 seats.

It took more than two years to finish the church, with the foundation stone being laid a year earlier by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rev. Allan Heron.

POLICE arrested a 12-year-old schoolboy in connection with a bomb hoax at Kirkintilloch High School.

30 YEARS AGO - June 16, 1982

MORE than 100 people turned out for a public meeting to condemn the proposed transfer of children’s wards from Stobhill Hospital to Yorkhill.

Greater Glasgow Health Board chief medical officer George Fowell said many doctors believed the centralisation plans would be beneficial to patients and would free up space at Stobhill for geriatric patients from the soon-to-be-closed Forresthall Hospital.

But the Rev. Euphenia Irvine, of Milton of Campsie Parish Church, said: “Mothers will have to spend most of their day travelling to and from hospital visits and might have other children at home to look after. We should be thinking about that and not just numbers.”

RITA Davidson, better known as top Scots astrologer Darlinda, opened Kirkintilloch Insurance Services’ new office in Townhead.

20 YEARS AGO - June 17, 1992

PROUD mum Janet Adair gave husband Frank the fright of his life – when she gave birth to their daughter in his car. Baby Jenna was born in Stobhill Hospital car park after a frantic eight-mile dash from the couple’s Milton of Campsie home.

Frank (29) said: “I have never been in such a panic – it all happened so fast. Janet was in the garden all afternoon painting a fence, then that night she went into labour.”

They drove to the hospital, but Janet couldn’t wait for the nurses to wheel her into the ward.

Janet said: “I was in labour for more than 12 hours with my first baby so I suppose it was a bonus being so quick – but the front seat of a car is not the ideal place to give birth.”

FORMER Strathkelvin and Bearsden MP Michael Hirst was given a Knighthood for services to the Conservative Party.

10 YEARS AGO - June 19, 2002

A CRAFTY punter beat the odds to land a massive £10,000 prize from a local bookmaker.

John Bowman, from Kirkintilloch, was the only person in the UK to correctly predict the first eight results of the World Cup in William Hill’s ‘Football Knockout’ competition.

The 40-year-old knew he could be onto a winner after correctly backing Senegal to upset hosts France in the first match.

He added: “There were a couple of close shaves, including South Africa scoring in the last minute to draw with Paraguay.

“In the last game I needed Spain to beat Slovenia and they never looked like losing.”

John, whose previous biggest winning bet was only around £200, planned to use the windfall to buy a new car.

FORMER St Ninian’s High School pupil Fraser Campbell (19) made history after becoming the first Scottish state school pupil to be made president of the Oxford University Union.

Did you know?

LOCH Road, in Kirkintilloch, used to be called Haws Loan – due to the large number of Hawthorn bushes which grew there.

GLIMPSE OF THE PAST (above): Milton of Campsie Parish Church, ‘Cantata’ group in 1908.

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