Take a trip down Memory Lane - April 30, 2014

Kirkintilloch's former police station
Kirkintilloch's former police station

Overcrowded housing, snake experts, pricy bothies and sports centre closures.

April 29, 1964

Labour councillors in Kirkintilloch were strongly attacking the town council’s housing allocation and building programme.

Councillor Hugh McCartney said: “In spite of the fact that 759 council houses were allocated between January, 1961, and March, 1964, the housing list in Kirkintilloch has risen from 697 persons in March, 1964.

He added that out of the 949 on the housing list, 229 people were in overcrowded homes, lacking in all modern conveniences.

However, convener of the housing committee, Bailie James Peter said: “To claim that 949 people need houses is nonsense.

“When the council has built the 258 houses at present planned, the problem will be solved.”

May 1, 1974

A 21-year-old zoology student from Kirkintilloch was confidently answering questions on snakes for a radio interview when one of his adders bit him on the thumb.

Robert Kyle rushed from Glasgow University, where the interview with Radio Clyde was taking place, to Glasgow’s Western Infirmary for medical attention.

After two injections Robert was able to walk out, his arm in a sling and his thumb heavily bandaged.

Later, at a safe distance from snakes, Robert said: “I’ve been handling poisonous snakes for the past two years. Normally they are all right, I suppose this one must have been in a bad mood.”

May 2, 1984

A detached four apartment house in a quiet residential estate in Kirkintilloch was believed to be one of the most expensive workmen’s ‘bothy’ in Scotland.

The house at 8 Appin Road had been lying mainly empty for more than two years since it was acquired by Strathclyde Regional Council.

The council bought the house so that it could go ahead and make improvements to adjacent Langmuir Road.

The house was used for about two months as a site office for the workers involved in the road development.

Until then it had been lying empty - a fact which angered many people, including nearby residents.

April 27, 1994

Bishopbriggs Sports Centre closed its doors to the public as work began on its £4.1million facelift.

The year-long operation to update the 20-year-old building began the previous Friday.

Leisure bosses were looking forward to inviting local residents to go and sample the new facilities when work would be complete the following summer.

Leisure boss Scott Barclay said: “We are very excited about the improvements to the centre.

“Improvements to the dry side should be complete by January 1995. A children’s playland and a new canteen are just two of the features to be added.

“There will also be a new fitness suite.”