Take a trip down Memory Lane - November 6

Gartcosh'Cricket Club. 1930
Gartcosh'Cricket Club. 1930

Exams mix-ups, theatre lounges, post office queues and fencing champs.

November 6, 1963

Lenzie Academy teaching staff were under fire after a mix-up saw pupils given the wrong exam results and facing a doubtful future.

Several students were told that they had successfully appealed their grades - meaning two girls successfully gained entry to Jordanhill Training College. Several others were also looking forward to entering further education thanks to their boosted grades.

But head teacher George McLean admitted that he had made a mistake in communicating the results and that the pupils had actually FAILED the exams.

He admitted: “The misreading of the information is my own fault and I apologise for the disappointment caused.”

November 7, 1973

Provost James Proctor did the honours at the Fort Theatre by cutting a ribbon across the door which led to the theatre’s new £13,000 lounge.

To mark the occasion most of Bishopbriggs Council were present, along with more than 180 guests.

Fort chairman Brian Smith thanked the council for all the help it had given in getting the theatre off the ground in the first place.

He added that “the money from the lounge will bring in money which will help the theatre continue as successfully as it has done in the past without having to borrow money.”

As was customary in the opening of a new licensed premises, Provost Proctor pulled the first pint of beer.

November 9, 1983

The cause of long queues at Kirkintilloch Post Office was to be the subject of an official investigation.

The move followed a string of complaints from customers, including several made by Herald readers through the newspaper.

A post office spokesperson said: “The postmaster has passed the matter to us. We are sending somebody out to Kirkintilloch to try and find out what has gone wrong there to cause these considerable queues.”

Councillor Abie Vaughn welcomed the news, saying: “The service is really quite appalling and nothing short of a disgrace.

“On Monday afternoon I had to wait from 4.50pm to 5.22pm.”

November 3, 1993

Duelling youngsters Natasha McKee and Christopher Mills foiled some of the country’s top fencers at the weekend to become Scottish Junior Champions.

The Lenzie Academy pupils had been fencing for almost five years and had represented Scotland at top international competitions all over the world.

Proud mum Adele McKee said: “It was a great achievement. The championships were held over two days and included people between the ages of 15-40.

“Fencing is really taking off in this country now and there are over 2,000 registered members. Despite what some people say it’s really a very safe sport.”