Window on the Past

Window on the past
Window on the past

Take a trip down Memory Lane with a look through the Herald archives

20 years ago

Bosses of a village firm blasted teeny vandals who they believed sparked a blaze at their factory storeroom.

Helen Tullis of North Sea Plastics watched as firefighters battled for over two hours to control the flames at the Milton of Campsie site.

Over 20 tonnes of plastic sheeting was completely destroyed at a cost of between £30,000 and £50,000.

The firm feared that the setback would greatly affect their production.

Company director Helen raged: “The brainless morons who did this do not realise what they have done.

“Our insurance should cover us for our loss, but this has been a great setback.”

The village firm supplied plastics to more than 30 countries. The material they supplied, produced to specific standards, was used to make artificial limbs for people all over the world.

And Helen feared that the work of the vandals would hold up production of the vital prosthetics.

She added: “The companies who receive our materials make the limbs to order.

“There could be people waiting on our materials for artificial arms or legs - and now we can’t supply it.

“What is so annoying is that all this could have been avoided. Our site is secure and there are no electrics inside. We are certain this fire was started deliberately.”

Kirkintilloch Crime Prevention Constable Willie Oliver said: “It looks like the fire was the work of vandals.”

15 years ago

Members of the public were encouraged to turn out in force to a mass meeting called to update campaigners on the next vital tactic in the fight to save Stobhill Hospital.

Herald readers were asked to send a postcard to Health Minister Susan Deacon urging her to meet a delegation from the campaign team.

East Dunbartonshire councillor Charles Kennedy said it was ‘crucial’ that as many people as possible took part in the postcard drive which he stressed should be seen as a ‘complement’ to the Herald’s massive Stobhill petition.

Councillor Kennedy said: “The ‘Postcard to Susan’ is a very, very important stage in the campaign to save general hospital services at Stobhill.

“If Susan Deacon won’t come to the people of this area we will have to go to her. The petition will go through the Parliament to the Health Committee but the postcards will go straight to the health minister herself.

“What we really want is for 44,000 people to buy a 19 pence stamp to let the powers that be know that we will not go away until we save Stobhill.

“The postcard campaign should be looked at as a stealth missile going straight to the heart of the campaign.

“It’s absolutely essential that people realise it’s a war and that this is a series of battles. I would urge as many people as possible to come along.”

10 years ago

The final decisions on where the new Bishopbriggs secondary school and St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch would be built had been delayed until summer.

The decisions were originally scheduled for the end of March.

But developers looking to clinch the £100million PPP contract to build the district’s six new secondaries suggested alternative locations for both schools.

As a result, the council had to consult for a second time with parents, which delayed the process.

Council leader John Morrison said: “We were pleased with the number of people who got involved in the consultation exercises and I would like to thank them for their contribution to the PPP project.

“It will not be an easy choice, but I am confident that with the additional evaluation period we will be in a much better position to make an informed decision, that will result in the biggest single investment in education in East Dunbartonshire for generations.”

Originally, the new secondary school in Bishopbriggs was to be built on the old Bishopbriggs High School site, but bidders put forward controversial proposals to build it on the Thomas Muir High site.

And concerns had also been raised over moves to build the new St Ninian’s High School near Waterside instead of at its original location.

Photo details: Dumbreck Farm on the outskirts of Kirkintilloch has been a working farm for more than 100 years. This picture was taken sometime between the two world wars.

The photo was provided courtesy of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Leisure and Culture Trust department and can be purchased from the trust by visiting