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

The Gypsy Queen
The Gypsy Queen

Take a trip down Memory lane with our weekly look back at the Kirkintillcoh and Bishopbriggs Herald archives.

This week’s photo features the Gypsy Queen on the Forth ande Clyde Canal.

30 years ago

Pupils at Harestanes Primary School took up where William the Conqueror left off.

The primary five children of room 10 took part in BBC television’s Domesday project - a re-run of the mediaeval census undertaken by the Norman king.

The extensive project arose from the planning of a major BBC documentary series marking the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book.

This time around the census was logged on “interactive video disc” and Harestanes pupils provided information on life in the community of Kirkintilloch. Pupils were given the brief to go out into the community to interview people from all walks of life, to compile facts and figures which they logged into their own micro-computer and then passed the information on to the BBC.

Harestanes took part in the project along with the geography department at Kirkintilloch High School, who dealt with land use in the allocated 4km X 3km block which covered the town and surrounding district.

Harestanes class teacher Bill Meldrum said at the time that it was a “very worthwhile project for the pupils to become involved in”.

20 years ago

An armed raider threatened shop staff and made off with cash from Global video in Bishopbriggs.

A female assistant was serving in the Kirkintilloch Road store when the man burst in and demanded money.

He pulled out a knife and threatened the assistant who was badly shaken by the ordeal.

The raider made off with around £1,000 from the store in the Triangle shopping centre

Meanwhile, bus drivers blasted public transport bosses over plans to close two Strathkelvin depots.

Workers at Kelvin Central’s Kirkintilloch HQ on Milton Road had been told they would be moved to Possilpark depot by July.

Staff at the firm’s Stepps garage were due to be transferred to Cumbernauld.

Workers at the Kirkinitilloch garage claimed the proposals contradicted promises they were given last year that operations would remain in the town.

A union shop steward said members were “fuming”.

10 years ago

Jo Swinson (25) took her seat in Westminster for the East Dunbartonshire constituency as the youngest MP in Britain.

Tipped throughout the general election campaign as an important constituency to watch, East Dunbartonshire became the only West of Scotland seat not to return a Labour MP.

The constituency clocked up one of the highest turnouts in the UK at 72.2 per cent.

Jo won the seat from Labour’s John Lyons with a 4,061 majority.

Boundary changes saw the new constituency now based around the areas of Bearsden, Milngavie, Lenzie and Bishopbriggs, and only part of Kirkintilloch.

The traditional Labour areas of Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Twechar and East Kirkintilloch were instead included in the neighbouring Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency.

For the last few months both Labour and the LibDems had been bringing big names to East Dunbartonshire.

Residents were treated to visits from Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chancellor Gordon Brown, as well as LibDem leader Charles Kennedy and Lord Steel.