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Gartcosh Primary class 1950
Gartcosh Primary class 1950
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Our weekly look back through the Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs Herald archives

August 15, 1964

Councillors were discussing a number of slight alterations to be made to the new Burgh Coat of Arms given to Bishopbriggs by the Lord Lyon.

The original design submitted was a shield with a green background, a mitre and lines representing the canal and the River Kelvin.

Councillors felt that a black background would be less gaudy and would be more appropriate for the area.

Another point discussed at the meeting was the Burgh’s motto.

A tentative motto of ‘God Gie the Gain’ had been printed on the coat of arms and was the favoured option of Provost Young.

But other councillors thought that the meaning could cause confusion.

August 15, 1984

The number of registered unemployed in the Kirkintilloch area had risen by just over 60 in a month.

Figures for July released by the town’s Jobcentre showed a total of 2,276 people out of work - 1,439 men and 837 women.

The latest statistics also showed a rise in the number of school-leavers on the unemployment register. The total of 248 was up by 25 on the previous month.

But on a brighter note, there were still vacancies available.

Jobcentre manager Ellen Langley said: “We are getting in vacancies all the time from local employers for a variety of jobs.

“Some employers are realising the fairest way to deal with vacancies is through us.”

August 10, 1994

An angry pensioner was campaigning to ban fishing from a village pond after three swans were badly injured.

Margaret Bryson said the birds were being strangled by fishing line and slashed by sharp metal hooks on Whitefield Pond, in Lennoxtown.

She said: “It’s such a shame to see the swans being hurt like this.

“One of them has been killed and the other two very badly hurt.

“They’ve had to be taken to a wildlife centre to be treated.

“Some people who fish on Whitefield Ponf just don’t take enopugh care up there.

“The only solution is for a ban.”


The East Dunbartonshire picture archive holds a huge number of school class photos from over the years.

This week’s photo shows Gartcosh Primary School infant class in 1950. Do you recognise any faces of family or friends?