Window on the Past

St David's Ledgate
St David's Ledgate

Our weekly look back at the Kirkintilloch Herald archives

This week’s photo was taken in 1890. St. David’s Ledgate Church, Eastside, Kirkintilloch gets its name from “Bailie” David Gemmill who served in the burgh from 1826-1830. Built as an extension to the Parish Church, it cost £2,500 and seated 1012 worshippers.

December 28, 1994

HRH Prince Charles was given a copy of the Kirkintilloch Herald to bring him up-to-date 
with the extent of the flood damage in Strathkelvin.

Regional Councillor Joe Shaw helped co-ordinate the Prince’s visit to Kirkintilloch last week and he passed on a copy of the Herald featuring the devastation that was caused in the weekend of torrential flooding.

Councillor Shaw said at the time: “The Prince pointed out to me that he had only seen the aftermath of the floods.

“But I had arranged to have a copy of the Kirkintilloch Herald to give to him to let him see just how bad it was and he thanked me for it.”

December 26, 1984

The possibility of providing a school crossing patrol on Angus Avenue in Woodhill, Bishopbriggs, was to be considered again by Strathclyde Regional Council.

Some time ago it had been decided that the volume of traffic then using the avenue did not justify a patrol.

However, Bishopbriggs Community Council heard at their latest meeting that the police were to carry out another traffic survey.

Meanwhile, it was announced the 1985 Gala Day in Bishopbriggs was to be held at Allan Glen’s sports ground in Kirkintilloch Road near the town centre, instead of beside the canal at the sports centre on the outskirts of the town.

December 25, 1974

People in Kirkintilloch were posting early for Christmas, it was reported.

The Post Office said it was handling up to 80,000 cards and letters a day, not including parcels and packages.

The local office expected to put 400,000 cards through the franking machines over the Christmas and New Year period.

They took on 60 additional staff and a special bus to handle the Christmas rush but were finding that people were posting early enough to let the letters get through in time for Christmas Day.

Making two deliveries a day, they had to put the scheduled delivery times back.

December 23, 1964

Kirkintilloch Central Area Fire Brigade firemaster warned that Christmas is one of the most dangerous times for fires.

Christmas trees, decorations, cards, party frocks - and all the trimmings - are potential 
killers, he said.

He added at the time: “I sincerely hope the festive season this year will be as free from serious fires as it was last year.

“The only serious incidences we were called out to last year were chimney fires. Some of them may have been caused by the disposal of festive wrappings and Christmas dinners on the normal fire.

“We are very anxious to prevent this.”