Take a trip down Memory Lane - March 5, 2014

Fishing the Endrick
Fishing the Endrick

Chains of office, singing starlets, jobless go-getters and potential job boosts.

March 4, 1964

It was a historic day at the Dunbartonshire County Council Chambers when the council convener was presented with a new chain and badge of office.

The ceremonial items had been purchased for around £170 and were presented to Dr High Gillies - a well-known member of Kirkintilloch Town Council - by vice-convener William Scott.

Mr Scott said that most similar organisations in the UK had a badge of office and that it was “extraordinary” that they had not obtained a convener’s chain earlier.

He added: “The chain is magnificent and Dr Gillies is very worthy of being the first to wear it.

“He is always scrupulously fair.”

March 6, 1974

Star singer Mary Sinclair - known as “the wee girl from Kirkintilloch with the big voice” - was on the way to going down a storm in Spain after combining business with pleasure.

Mary, who was well known in music clubs across Scotland, said: “I really went to Spain for a holiday and a rest, but I was also asked to meet some contacts about the possibility of setting up some dates.

“I don’t really mind mixing business with the holiday. I was pleasantly surprised that my name was known over there and that I was wanted for engagements.”

Mary had recently released her first LP, called ‘All the best from Mary Sinclair’, and regularly appeared at Kirkintilloch Town Hall.

March 7, 1984

A group of young unemployed people in Strathkelvin had started a campaign to get the jobless a place they could call their own.

The group ‘Dole-Q’, based in the Hillhead area of Kirkintilloch, wanted to set up a centre which would be open from 9am-7pm and which would be “run by the unemployed for the unemployed”.

It would provide a base for meetings, leisure activities, crafts, skills and learning.

A spokesperson said: “I think we really need to get public opinion on our side if we are to get things moving.

“We get annoyed when young jobless people are described as ‘wasters’ and this would help them prove they are not.”

March 2, 1994

Gartcosh was in line for a major jobs boost - if residents were prepared to welcome a controversial business to their village.

A rubber recycling firm was aiming to create 30 jobs on the site of the former steelworks.

But the English-based company had already been forced to ditch plans for a similar site in East Kilbride, after residents claimed it would cause pollution.

Council chief Con Mallon said: “We want to be upfront about this from the start.

“We want Gartcosh to be represented at a visit to a plant in Wolverhampton, talk to representatives of the company and of the local community before any final decision is made about the development.”