Take a trip down Memory Lane - July 23, 2014

A sports exhibition in Kirkintilloch Town Hall in 1953.
A sports exhibition in Kirkintilloch Town Hall in 1953.

Fiery bikes, Highland Games, vanishing water and fire-raising vandals.

July 22, 1964

A teenager had a lucky escape when the motorbike he was preparing to take to the seaside burst into flames.

James Blair (17), from Kirkintilloch, was planning to head off to Blackpool on his bike, but when he was out for a weekend ride it suddenly caught fire for no reason.

He jumped off immediately and, despite his best efforts, he could not put out the fire.

A passer-by called the Fire Brigade, who quickly extinguished the flames.

James, who had only owned the bike for a month, could find no explanation for the explosion.

But he escaped unhurt and was still going on holiday - on his friend’s bike.

July 24, 1974

Excitement was growing in the build-up to Kirkintilloch Highland Games - with entries rushing in from America, Canada, New Zealand and all over England and Scotland.

The Adamslie Park event was to feature two brand new events - a junior boys’ 800m and a junior girls’ 100m.

Much of the international interest had been for the Highland Dance Competition - one of the most important in Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Championship Cumberland Style Wrestling had attracted entries from all over the UK.

The pipe band competition promised to be a tremendous crowd puller, featuring Kirkintilloch Pipe Band.

July 25, 1984

Up to seven million gallons of water had vanished from the Forth and Clyde Canal - as a very long dry spell of weather hit Scotland.

Over a two week period, the water level in the canal had dropped so far that the Seagull Trust had to cancel all their sailings.

Other boats using the canal - the floating restaurant and the canal society’s Ferry Queen - were still continuing to said but a spokesperson for the society said: “We’re scraping the bottom of the canal and it’s causing a lot of problems.”

The spokesperson added that the water level was down about 15 inches from the normal level, leading to the estimate that seven million missing gallons had evaporated without any rain to replace it.

July 20, 1994

Vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage when they set fire to a sports centre roof at Campsie Recreation Centre, in Lennoxtown.

The blaze was the latest in a series of attacks which were costing Strathkelvin council tax payers an astonishing £100,000 a year.

And Lennoxtown councillor John Dempsey said that police should have been doing more to stop the rise in vandalism.

He said: “If we had more police in the village this would not be happening.

“The police say they are cracking down on vandalism. I want them to investigate this fire and catch the people responsible. It’s the tax payers who have to pay for all this damage.”