THE Herald delves into its archives to find out what was making the news 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 years ago.
50 YEARS AGO - October 31, 1962
AN 81-year-old woman was lauded for continuing to work her way through her ninth decade.
The Herald reported: “Those industrialists who believe that a man or woman is too old at 40 should take note of the fact that Jane Jamieson can still pick potatoes with the best of them.”
Mrs Jamieson had worked on farms around her Kirkintilloch home for 43 years since her husband died leaving her to look after five young children.
She said: “I’m certainly not too old for tatty howkin’
“I wouldn’t dream of giving it up. It keeps me young and fit. I have always had to work hard and I feel none the worse for it.
“When my husband died I had only a few shillings benefit so I had to do something. I could have stopped years ago but I can’t pack it up now.”
OVER one hundred workers at Kirkintilloch’s Star Foundry went on strike for a day in protest at the dismissal of a colleague.
40 YEARS AGO - November 2, 1972
THREE “huge” Alsatian dogs brutally savaged nine sheep at a Stepps farm - sparking a hunt by police and residents.
Christopher Jackson, of Hornhill Farm, said: “The dogs tore nine of my sheep apart. It was terrible to see the mess they made.”
The hunting party tracked one of the dogs, described as a “black beast”, to a field and the farmer shot it dead with his twelve bore shotgun.
Mr Jackson said: “The police haven’t got the other two dogs yet.
“Once the animals have got the taste of blood - and they have - there’s no telling what they could do.
“I have no idea who owns these dogs but the police and people in neighbouring houses are keeping a watch for them.”
KIRKINTILLOCH Players were presenting three performances of ‘The Glass Menagerie’, with tickets priced at a very reasonable 30p.
30 YEARS AGO - November 3, 1982
A NEWLY elected community council chairman hit out at apathy in the community.
Peter Hamilton, of Kirkintilloch Community Council, was talking about the fact that there were still six vacancies to be filled in the new council.
He said: “At present we have three vacancies in the Woodhead ward, two in Hillhead and one in Central.
“The community council doesn’t sell itself enough and some people probably do not even realise that the public are welcome to come along to our meetings.
“Yet the council cannot take all the blame. All our meetings, and any vacancies we have, are advertised in the Herald for everyone to see.”
THE Lion Hotel, in Colston Road, Bishopbriggs, was offering a two-course steak lunch for “under £7”.
20 YEARS AGO - November 4, 1992
A BISHOPBRIGGS firm rose to the challenge when they got a call from one of the BBC’s most popular television shows.
‘Challenge Anneka’, presented by Anneka Rice, contacted Alarmfast, based in the town’s Crowhill Road, to help them build a recreation block for needy children in the West of Scotland.
And the firm - which specialised in security systems - came up trumps by provide a new alarm system for the facility.
Managing director George Pollock said: “We were there for the last day of the challenge - starting at 6am.
“It was good fun and hard work. Fortunately the weather was fabulous and everything went to plans. We were honoured and pleased to be able to help.”
TRANSTRAVEL, in Kirkintilloch’s Townhead, were offering a trip to Manchester to see ‘Les Miserables’, complete with a night in a hotel, for £95 per person.
10 YEARS AGO - November 6, 2002
COUNCILLORS voted to reject an application to demolish a historic clock tower.
Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust’s bid to remove the listed building in the grounds of Woodilee Hospital, in Lenzie, was unanimously turned down at a meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board.
The tower had been badly damaged by fire earlier in the year, but Lenzie councillor Anne Jarvis said the correct decision had been made.
She said: “The decision to refuse the application to demolish the tower is most welcome.
“It is apparent that we are trying to preserve what buildings are left on the site.”
Historic Scotland called for the building to be included in any future plans for the hospital site - which had been indentified by the council as suitable for redevelopment.
A spokesperson for Lenzie Community Council said the tower should become the “focal point” of any future development.
POLICE were investigating after a group of youths set fire to a pile of rubbish in Lennoxtown before pelting the attending fire engine with stones.
Did You Know?
IN the 1840’s a doctor in Kirkintilloch called John Tait became well known for treating both humans and animals.
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