Window on the Past

Window on the Past
Window on the Past

IN THE PICTURE: Amateur dramatic societies have always been and remain a popular part of the local community. This photo of Campsie High Church Amateur Dramatic Society in full costume, was taken back in 1943. Its production of ‘9:45’ was a big hit.

March 26, 1995

World class athlete Liz McColgan was under starter’s orders to run in a national road race sponsored by the Kirkintilloch Herald.

Liz was set to join hundreds of runners lining up at the weekend for the National Six Stage Road Relay Championships, being held in Kirkintilloch.

As the Herald went to press, organisers confirmed Liz had registered for the race along with team mates from the Dundee based Hawkhill Harriers Club.

At the time, olympian Gordon McLean said: Liz is a world class athelte and we are delighted she is coming to Strathkelvin for the race.”

More than 72 teams had registered for the race from all over Scotland.

March 27, 1985

Concern over the safety of senior citizens prompted Bishopbriggs Community Council to order 100 door chains for distribution to elderly and disabled people throughout the area.

Constable Robert Currie of Strathkelvin Crime Prevention Panel visited the council to chat about the new project.

The panel said it would help to fit the chains in conjunction with local families.

Other community councils in the area were expected to follow suit to make life safer for 
local pensioners.

Constable Currie said: “The beauty of the door chain is not just the physical protection it affords but also the security and peace of mind it gives to an elderly person.

March 26, 1975

This turned out to be a memorable year for Gartconner Primary School.

Not only was a new school building opened, pupils, staff and parents also celebrated the school’s centenary.

The official opening ceremony of the new school was conducted by Alexander Gartshore, chairman of Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld District Council.

Unfortunately, the log book of the school from its opening year had been lost, so he was unable to pinpoint the exact day the school opened in 1875.

Perhaps the best thing of all for the children was a special half-day holiday for the joint celebrations.

March 25, 1965

The suitability of sites in the Industry Street area of Kirkintilloch for the provision of two-apartment houses under a scheme for the housing of elderly and disabled people was being assessed. The town’s housing committee heard that in order to qualify for grants, the scheme would require to comprise no fewer than 12 houses and a house for a caretaker.

A surveyor exhibited a sketch plan of the area adjoining the entrance to Woodhead Park. An alternative site at Donaldson Street had been found to be too small. Bailie E Brown then suggested another site at Woodhead Park .

There was some consternation by members that too many parks were being designated as sites for house building.