Window on the Past - a look back at the Herald archives

Bishopbriggs and District Badminton League members are pictured at a dance at the Christian Institute in Glasgow.
Bishopbriggs and District Badminton League members are pictured at a dance at the Christian Institute in Glasgow.

June 3, 1964

The first stage of a huge redevelopment scheme in Kirkintilloch Town Centre was due to start later in the month.

A five storey block of flats and maisonettes was to be built between Kerr Street and Victoria Street, parallel to the Cowgate.

The £74,000 contract had been awarded to building firm George Wimpey and Co - with the plans recently passed at Kirkintilloch Dean of Guild Court.

All the homes would have electrically-powered under-floor heating, as well as stainless steel basins. Incinerators were being built in the main block for those wishing to dispose of personal papers securely.

June 5, 1974

Police from all over the county carried out a search for two young children who disappeared from their home in Twechar.

The children, aged seven and eight, went missing from McDonald Crescent after being sent to bed for misbehaving at 9pm.

An hour later they had vanished and their parents raised the alarm.

Local people joined with police and sniffer dogs in the hunt for the kids - who were found safe and well.

June 6, 1984

The National Union of Mineworkers were given permission to site a caravan in Kirkintilloch for the collection of donations during the pits dispute.

At a meeting of the council’s General Purposes Committee, it was agreed to let the NUM use two parking spaces normally reserved for taxis in the town centre.

Councillor Charles Kennedy said there was no time to ask for the opinions of the local taxi drivers, saying: “It is essential that permission is granted as quickly as possible.

“I would suggest that the members are most anxious to ensure that every facility is given for the collection of foodstuffs and other things to help the miners in their struggle.

June 1, 1994

Kirkintilloch and District Agricultural Society held its 150th anniversary show at Crofthead Field, near Bishopbriggs.

With the weather a great improvement on the previous year, organisers enjoyed a good turnout by the public.

Amongst the supporting attractions were a pet show, a pipe band, a dog display team, a treasure hunt and children’s games.

And there were a number of demonstrations, including horse shoeing and bee keeping, as well as pony rides, mini quads, an army assault course and the ever-popular parade of vintage/classic cars.

Society secretary Douglas McMillan said it had been “a great day for all the family”.