Window on the Past

Photo courtesyof EDLC Archives and Local Studies at William Patrick Library
Photo courtesyof EDLC Archives and Local Studies at William Patrick Library

A look back at the Kirkintilloch Herald archives

August 19, 1964

A smash and grab raid - the second in a fortnight - took place early on Friday at the Cowgate showroom of Daniel Jack, television and radio dealer.

When a Herald reporter called at the showroom members of staff were cleaning up after the raiders, who had used a small boulder to smash the wndow at a height of about four feet.

Fragments of glass were scattered all over the interior, causing considerable damage to radiograms, televisions and other articles on show.

But the raiders got little for their trouble - with no items thought to be missing.It was thought that they were trying to get their hands on a small transistor radio near where the window was broken.

August 14, 1974

It was onwards and upwards for a Lennoxtown man who had found fame as ‘the Forces singing star’.

Peter Ferns’ talent had seen him transformed from a £10-a-week clerk with a signals squadron in Germany to a £200-a-night ballad singer.

Not only had his singing career been progressing, he had also been promoted to sergeant and had been appointed Chief Clerk 229 Signal Squadron (Berlin).

He had appeared on German television and even more frequently on German and Forces Radio.His record ‘The Streets of Belfast’, a protest song at Ulster terrorism, was proving a big success and he was preparing to record an LP.

August 15, 1984

Police came to the rescue of a young Kirkintilloch bride as they stepped in to get her successfully to the church on time.

Problems arose because the bride was due to leave for her wedding at the same time as the 3,000 members of the Provincial Grand Black Chapter of Scotland, who had held a procession and service in the town, prepared to leave in busloads.

Kirkintilloch Inspector Stuart Gilbert said: “It seemed she had to be at St Flannan’s for the service at 4.30pm.

“But the time she was due to leave clashed with the buses leaving the area. Word of this got back to us and we arranged to give her an escort to the church.”

August 17, 1994

Librarian Don Martin booked a place in the history books by winning a top award.

The local history expert was awarded the prestigious Dorothy McCulla Memorial Prize for his outstanding contributions to the library service.

Don (53) was Strathkelvin Libraries Principal Assistant in the reference and local history department.

The award recognised his notable work in the field of local studies and his many years of service to the Scottish Library Association’s Local Studies Group.

Don said: “I am delighted to have won but to be honest I am a little surprised, I had no idea my colleagues were going to give me the award,”