Take a trip down Memory Lane - April 2, 2014

Kirkintilloch's Peel Park
Kirkintilloch's Peel Park

Dangerous bingo clubs, pools wins, noisy planes and burial cost hikes.

April 1, 1964

A safety expert warned that a bingo club could present a risk to life should fire break out.

Burgh surveyor Ronald Dalkin made the warning to Kirkintilloch Town Council after visiting the Pavilion Bingo Club on a Friday night.

He said: “Two of the emergency exit panic doors were fastened with a padlock and chain. A third was blocked by a plank of wood.

“Yet another exit was blocked by a one-armed bandit.”

He added that the centre eisle was blocked by players and a fire extinguisher was empty.

Club owners were told to take immediate action or face closure.

April 3, 1974

A Kirkintilloch family were planning their first holiday for 15 years, after landing a massive pools prize.

Hugh Ginley, wife Mary and daughter Suzanne-Marie, were celebrating the £192,394.50 Littlewood’s Pools jackpot.

But they wouldn’t be going too far, with Hugh explaining: “The holiday will be in Britain because Mary is terrified of boats and planes.”

A car was also on the shopping list - but only after Hugh had learned to drive.

He said: “Although I can drive I’ve never taken a driving test and this I will do..

“If I get through I suppose I will buy a car. Apart from that I am buying some new things for our council flat.”

April 4, 1984

A bid to ensure that Bishopbriggs residents could get a better night’s sleep was being made by Michael Hirst, the MP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

He had asked the Government to take steps to prevent the area suffering excess noise from aircraft.

The move followed several letters to Mr Hirst from people whose homes were under one of the main flightpaths to Glasgow Airport.

A public meeting on the subject had attracted nearly 600 people.

And there was concern about new flights being added, making the problem worse.

Mr Hirst said: “I would stress that I fully share this concern.”

March 30, 1994

Council bosses were under fire after hiking up the cost of dying by a massive 247 per cent.

The price rise meant that it would cost around £250 to be buried in Strathkelvin, compared to the previous price of just £72.

Funeral directors hit out at the rise, saying it would put a huge strain on many local people.

One said: “We got news of the increases this week and we just couldn’t believe it.

“We were expecting a small increase, but not one like this. It’s an outrage.”

But parks and cemeteries boss Hugh Barrow said it was a matter of either making cuts or increasing charges - with the new prices comparable with neighbouring authorities.