Down Memory Lane – latest look back through the mists of time

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50 YEARS AGO - March 21, 1962

VILLAGERS welcomed the end of an eight year dancing ban.

In 1956 Lanarkshire Ninth District Council said there would be no more public dances in Muirhead Hall after “a gang of toughs caused a very serious incident during a dance”.

But the council agreed to relax the regulations after complaints that the original ban was only meant to last for one year.

Dances were to be allowed “provided local members were satisfied regarding stewarding of events”.

Police committee member Herbert Smallman said any officers engaged to police events would do so on overtime, rather than being taken off the beat.

THE Black Bull Cinema, in Kirkintilloch, was showing Walt Disney’s Pinocchio and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, starring Peter Lorre and Joan Fontaine.

40 YEARS AGO - March 22, 1972

THE granting of a licence for a new pub in Kirkintilloch was hailed as the first step towards the town’s first new hotel in more than 50 years.

Edward Donnelly was granted the licence for the former carpenter’s yard at Garfield Place, Broadcroft. Bailie McCann, representing Mr Donnelly at the local Licensing Court, said: “The public house is the first phase in the development. It is intended to build a hotel there in the future. Mr Donnelly intends to employ an experienced manager to run the place.”

Conditions imposed included “there being a need for more female toilets and the methods of escape from the cellar should be improved”.

A KIRKINTILLOCH man who stood in the middle of Hillhead Road, stopping traffic in both directions, was fined £7 at the Burgh Court.

30 YEARS AGO - March 24, 1982

ROB Roy survived a late scare against Camelon to march into the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final.

A large crowd gathered to watch a classic cup tie which included eight goals, a controversial penalty, a handful of bookings and a sending off.

Leading 4-1 with just 13 minutes remaining Rabs seemed to be coasting to an easy win, but two goals from their opponents in just two minutes assured a frantic last 10 minutes.

Camelon had several chances to force a replay at Adamslie Park but Ian McGeachy hammered home a rebounded free kick to settle the tie with two minutes left on the clock.

POLICE were hunting thieves who snatched four radio cassette recorders from St Agatha’s Primary School, in Kirkintilloch.

20 YEARS AGO - March 25, 1992

A CRUEL fraudster tricked a mentally ill man into selling a valuable antique table for a fraction of its true worth.

The Lenzie man’s mother told the Herald: “A man and a young boy came to the house when my son, who is an outpatient at Woodilee Hospital, was in on his own.

“They tricked their way into the house and obviously knew what they were looking for.

“The Georgian Regency table was worth £4,000 but they only paid my son £100 for it.”

She added: “The table has been in the family for years and the whole incident has been very upsetting.”

HUNDREDS of church members turned out in force for a the opening of Lenzie Union Church’s new £500,000 hall.

10 YEARS AGO - March 27, 2002

A MOTORIST had a lucky escape after a paving slab was thrown at his car.

The attack happened as the man was driving through Torrance at around 11.30pm on a Sunday evening.

The slab crashed through the man’s rear offside window and hit him on the head.

Remarkably the driver, who reported seeing a group of youths just before hearing the crash of breaking glass, was not badly injured.

Police Superintendent Austin Dorrian said: “This was an act of complete and utter recklessness that shows no regard for the safety or well-being of the driver.

“But for sheer good fortune we could be conducting a murder enquiry as opposed to one for culpable and reckless conduct.

COUNTRYSIDE crusader and Mastermind presenter Magnus Magnusson helped launch East Dunbartonshire Council’s ‘Local Access Strategy’ - a scheme dedicated to creating new country paths and maintaining existing rights of way.

Did you know?

DURING the 1850s residents who built large houses near Bishopbriggs Railway Station were entitled to free travel on the trains - known as ‘villa tickets’.

PICTURED: Father Gerard Dunn with parishioners on the steps of Holy Family and St Ninian’s Church, in Kirkintilloch. Father Dunn served at the church from 1939 - 1962.

(Picture courtesy of East Dunbartonshire Information and Archives)