Window on the Past: Members of Kirkintillloch Junior Choir are pictured hitting the high notes on stage. This photo, taken during the popular ‘Holidays at Home’ fun activities at Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch, was taken in 1955. The Reverend A K Mackay is on the platform. During the day they had races and puppet shows and competitions for the kids and there was an icecream van and tea. Holidays at Home became popular during the Second World War and continued for many years afterwards during the Glasgow Fair fortnight.
From the Kirkintilloch & Bishopbriggs Herald Series archives:
30 years ago
Plans to feature displays by the Army at some of Strathkelvin’s gala days came under heavy fire.
Youth organisations claimed the event would “glamorise” wars “without giving the overall picture of agony, horror and waste”.
One organisation, who were themselves entering a float and running a stall at a gala, called on the organisers to do “something positive for peace”.
The war-and-peace storm erupted in Bishopbriggs where, for the first time, the town’s annual gala,was being run jointly by the gala committee and Allan Glen’s Sports Club, on whose ground the main events would be held.
Woodcraft Folk, an organisation for children of six and upwards, expressed their concerns in a letter to the Herald.
Writing on their behalf, Dave McTaggart said the Army would be staging a publicity exercise “complete with flashes and bangs.”
He said children would be allowed to handle guns and added: “These activities condition children to accept war as a normal part of life.”
Gala committee chairman Mr Boland said he had not yet received any complaints about the display.
20 years ago
The father of a teenager shot in the mouth during an attempted robbery said his son was lucky to be alive.
Barry Cooper spoke exclusively to the Herald as his 16-year-old son was recovering from his air pistol ordeal.
He and his wife called on local parents to warn their children to be on their guard, as police were still hunting for the youngster’s attackers.
The teenager was walking with a friend in the underpass near New Lairdsland Road in the Townhead area of Kirkintilloch when he was threatened by a gang of youths.
They demanded cash from him and when he refused, one of the thugs placed an air pistol in his mouth and fired.
His worried dad said: “You just don’t think this kind of thing would ever happen in Kirkintilloch. We are just lucky our son was not killed but these thugs are still walking around.
“The next youngster might not be so lucky.”
His son was taken to Stobhill Hospital and treated for his injuries.
Barry said: “We were told if the pellet had gone any deeper he may have died.”
10 years ago
A pupil at Meadowburn Primary School received her first polling card in time for the general election the following day – seven years too early.
Primary seven pupil Bronte Milliken, aged 11, received her polling card along with her mum and dad at their home in Bishopbriggs.
Her bemused dad, Colin Milliken, said at the time: “A lot of election junk mail has been coming through for Bronte.
“When she received the card saying she was able to vote we realised that she must have been put on the electoral register.
“I haven’t even had any of the junk mail, perhaps because they think I won’t be changing my vote.
“But they must have thought that Bronte has just turned 18 and that she may be persuaded over who to vote for.
“The funny thing is my 17-year-old son can’t wait to turn 18 and have the benefits of voting.
“Now here’s my daughter, who has no interest in politics , as you perhaps expect for an 11-year-old, but she is registered to vote.”