Down Memory Lane – a trip back through time with the Herald

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JOIN the Herald as we peer back though the mists of time... this week – March 7, 2012

50 YEARS AGO - March 6, 1962

KIRKINTILLOCH Town Council was suffering from a shortage of shorthand typists and other trained office staff.

Burgh chamberlain James Jarvie said more staff were required as his department alone was often dealing with more than 400 enquiries a day. A council officer reported that a recent advert for a shorthand typist had resulted in “just three applications from married women only”.

Bailie Coutts said that most young girls qualified for the posts preferred to work in Glasgow where they could get better salaries and employment terms.

Town council members Hugh Gillies and Daniel McLaughlin suggested training staff locally to fill the positions.

FOUR Kirkintilloch men were reported to have returned to work at the Star Foundry after winning a “small fortune” on the football pools – around £3,750 each.

40 YEARS AGO - March 8, 1972

PLANS were underway to open a Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) in Kirkintilloch.

Miss C.M. Hoskins, advisory officer for the Scottish CAB committee, revealed the news at a meeting of Kirkintilloch Luncheon Club.

She said: “Many people in our society today are confused over the questions of benefits and allowances, particularly the aged, and need help over such matters as free dentures and spectacles.”

Miss Hoskins also gave instances of some more unusual problems the CAB would be able to help with, including “a white poodle which, some time after it had been purchased, turned a shade of apricot.”

TELEVISION highlights for the week ahead included ‘Star Trek’, ‘Softly, Softly’, ‘This is Your Life’, ‘Nationwide’ and ‘Pinky and Perky’.

30 YEARS AGO - March 10, 1982

A FREE pamphlet warning of the likely effects of a nuclear bomb were distributed to households by Strathkelvin District Council.

The paper said that around two million of the region’s 2.4 million population would be wiped out in the event of such an attack.

It added: “For the rest, crawling out of their shelters 14 days after the attack, there would be little left that they could recognise.”

Councillor Dick Stewart defended spending £32,000 on the project.

He said: “It is horrifying to read. We are not privy to a potential enemy’s war plans – this is an informed picture of what is likely to be the case.”

A MYSTERIOUS Kirkintilloch businessman was thanked by health chiefs after visiting Glasgow’s Royal Maternity Hospital at 3am to make an anonymous donation of £500.

20 YEARS AGO - March 11, 1992

ROYAL fever swept Kirkintilloch as Princess Diana visited to open the town’s new Regent shopping centre.

Even a few snow flurries couldn’t dampen the atmosphere as hundreds of schoolchildren waved flags and cheered Princess Di on her way through the town.

The Princess was welcomed by Provost Bobby Coyle, who presented her with a cheque for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice on behalf of the people of Strathkelvin.

The town centre was brought to a standstill as the Princess, resplendent in a red tartan outfit, went on a ‘walkabout’ to speak to people in the welcoming crowds.

Provost Coyle said: “I am sure I can speak for everyone when I say how much we have enjoyed her visit.”

PLANNING chiefs green-lighted an ambitious project to build a golf course, hotel and country club on land at the Gartshore Estate, in Kirkintilloch.

10 YEARS AGO - March 13, 2002

HERALD readers were asked to keep an eye on the skies after a Kirkintilloch man reported seeing a UFO.

Craig McLean (21) could hardly believe what he was seeing when he spotted the strange metallic craft hovering above the Campsies in the middle of the afternoon.

He said: “It was quite large, about the size of a small car, and was shaped like a diamond.

“It was slowly moving west, hovered for a moment, then shot up into the clouds.

“I have never been a believer in UFOs or extra-terrestrial life and that kind of thing, but what I saw was definitely like something out of science fiction.

“I’d love to know if anybody else has seen it.”

A SOCCER star was hoping to be called up for international duty after playing his first Old Firm game. Stephen Crainey, from Kirkintilloch, was watched by Scotland manager Berti Vogts as he ran out for Celtic in the famous fixture.

Did you know?

IN the 17th century, duty records show the most popular items sold at Kirkintilloch’s market included cheese, salt, herring, animal hides, lead, yarn, linen and lintseed.

SWEET TIMES (pictured): Craig’s confectioner and tobacconist is pictured in Eastside, Kirkintilloch, in June 1978.