Take a trip down Memory Lane - March 12, 2014

Kirkintilloch's YMCA Hall shortly before demolition.
Kirkintilloch's YMCA Hall shortly before demolition.

Police intrigue, smoking bans, karate marathons and school raids.

March 11, 1964

Glasgow police were contacted by a distraught Bishopbriggs woman who had seen a couple furtively enter an area of nearby woodland with a bundle wrapped in a bloodstained sheet.

The woman explained to CID officers that she had watched them dig a hole and bury what she presumed to be a body.

Bishopbriggs police were immediatedly notified of the allegations and rushed to the scene of the ‘crime’.

They proceeded with the exhumation only to find, in the words of the local sergeant “a dog buried with full military honours”.

Later a police spokesperson said: “The lady was perfectly correct to call us and we thank her for her prompt action,”

March 13, 1974

A attempt to have a ban on smoking at Kirkintilloch Town Council meetings lifted failed after a heated debate lit up the chamber.

For over 30 years councillors had been unable to smoke at the meetings, although sparking up was allowed at all committee meetings.

Treasurer Edward McGaughrin had suggested that the ban be scrapped on behalf of “those addicted to nicotine” for the final 13 meetings before the council disappeared with the reorganisation of local government.

He said: “If it’s only for health reasons, it’s more appropriate that it should be banned during the Public Health Committee meetings.”

But others described the motion as “frivolous” and voted it down by a majority.

March 14, 1984

A Lenzie karate expert was planning to fight non-stop for 20 rounds against 10 different opponents in a bid to raise money for a Glasgow hospital.

The challenge had been dreamed up by Billy Richardson, the British and European super-welterweight champion of the Professional Karate Union.

The “charity superfight” was set to benefit Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and was going to be held in Billy’s own Glasgow gymnasium.

It was part of a drive to introduce residents to the relatively new sport, described as “similar to boxing but with fighters also using their feet to strike opponenents, hoping to knock them out for a count of ten.”

March 9, 1994

Callous thieves stole a television and video recorder when they raided a local primary school for the THIRD time in just one week.

A sum of money and food from the kitchens were also taken in the break-ins at Harestanes Primary School, Kirkintilloch.

Head teacher Jim Cameron said: “This is the worst spell for break-ins we have ever had at the school and it doesn’t do morale any good.

“When they broke in they smashed three windows and they also smashed the doors to my office and the kitchens.

“When this type of thing happens it upsets everyone at the school, pupils, staff and parents.”

Craighead Primary had also been targeted.