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Mrs Semple, June 1953
Mrs Semple, June 1953

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PICTURED ABOVE: A Kirkintilloch woman is hoping to bring back memories with this photo taken at the time of the Queen’s coronation in June 1953.

Margaret Kennedy (75), from Kirkintilloch, was just 16 when her mum and neighbours in Langmuir Avenue held a tea party to celebrate the historic event. Margaret moved to Langmuir Avenue from Canal Street with her mum, dad, two sisters and her brother when she was 14. The party was one of many held across Kirkintilloch to celebrate the occasion.

She said: “I have a lot of happy memories in that house and this photo just brings them back. With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up I thought it would be good for people to see it. It will surprise a lot of people.”

Pictured in the photo are Isabella Semple, Margaret Kennedy (nee Semple), John Semple and Isabel Semple.

If you recognise anyone in the photo or have any pictures of Kirkintilloch celebrating the coronation contact reporter Jill Castle on 0141 775 0040.

50 YEARS AGO - April 4, 1962

SMOKERS were thanked for “cutting down” on their cigarette intake during a meeting of education chiefs.

Members of Dunbartonshire Education Committee, who met at Glasgow’s Park Circus, had previously promised not to smoke so much following a complaint from Baillie Janet Coutts, from Lenzie.

She had unsuccessfully proposed a complete ban on smoking in the chamber during public meetings earlier in the year - losing by just one vote.

At the end of the meeting Baillie Coutts rose to thank the members for keeping to their word, adding: “The smoke has not been nearly so bad today.”

ROB Roy marched into the semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup after beating Kilsyth Rangers 3-1 in front of 5,000 fans at Adamslie Park.

40 YEARS AGO - April 5, 1972

ONE of Kirkintilloch’s oldest shops was to be demolished – ending a story that began 137 years earlier.

The Alexander Stores building, in the town’s Cowgate, was to be bulldozed to make way for a new development.

The shop was opened by Thomas Alexander in 1835 and was a precursor to the modern department store - with groceries being sold in one half of the business and hardware in the other.

His son William, who later ran the grocers part of the shop, became Provost of Kirkintilloch.

By the 1930s the business had expanded to premises across central Scotland.

THE Chief Constable reported that eight people in Dunbartonshire had been charged with drugs offences in 1971 - all for possession of LSD or cannabis.

30 YEARS AGO - April 7 , 1982

STRATHKELVIN District Council announced they were to go ahead with a site for travelling people, despite opposition.

The full council voted by a majority to build the site at Grayshill, near Twechar.

But there was dissent from a number of councillors. Conservative group leader Councillor Ian MacBryde said: “We have many real social problems within our own community and we have quite enough to do looking after those.”

Councillor Abie Vaughn added: “There is no guarantee they will in fact occupy it. Nor is there any guarantee that we have any power to move them away from unofficial sites to Grayshill.”

DAYTRIPS on the Waverley Paddle Steamer to the Kyles of Bute, Arran and Millport were on offer from £3.95.

20 YEARS AGO - April 8, 1992

A WORLD boxing champion auctioned off his PANTS to help a Bishopbriggs pub raise cash for charity.

Pat Clinton donated the trunks he wore in a recent fight at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall to the Quinn’s Bar appeal - which raised more than £1,000 to send three kids to Lourdes.

Organiser Peter Grimshaw said: “We had a regular called Pat Crilley who each year took a kid to Lourdes and paid for it out of his own pocket.

“Sadly he died a couple of years ago but we decided to keep it going and raise money every year.”

THE Eagle Lodge, in Bishopbriggs, were offering a musical evening with ‘The Men of Texas’, including a ‘basket supper’, for £10 per person.

10 YEARS AGO - April 10, 2002

THREE books of condolence were opened by East Dunbartonshire Council after the death of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

The much-loved royal only visited the area once – when she attended the official opening of Millersneuk House, in Lenzie, in 1929.

Provost Robin McSkimming said: “The one constant figure has gone. The great embodiment of all we hold important has gone. The great national provider of continuity has gone.

“When such a figure goes, the loss is felt at many levels in our everyday lives.”

POOL players Hugh McBride and William Rooney, both from Kirkintilloch, were crowned national champions after winning the Scottish Superleague.

Did you know?

THE Winter Gardens in Springburn Park is the largest building of its type in Scotland. Built by the Glasgow Corporation in 1900, the building has sadly lain derelict since 1985.

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