More events to mark historic date for Kirkintilloch

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IF you want to mark the 800th ‘birthday’ of Kirkintilloch there’s plenty more on the way.

Last weekend’s Kirkintilloch Canal Festival and the G66+Live Festival back in June recognised the 800th anniversary, but the official date is actually October 2.

Primary schools are currently producing a ‘Kirkintilloch Time Line’, which will be displayed in William Patrick Library towards the end of the year.

The Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries are similarly hard at work masterminding a ‘Town Trail’.

It’s hoped the trail will incorporate historical shop window displays with the placards already erected by G66+Live organisers as part of their Roadsworth art project earlier in the summer.

The society is also planning the final in a popular series of guided tours of the town and a historical meeting entitled ‘A Sense of Place’, to be held in St Ninian’s High School on October 1.

The event will feature a series of expert guest speakers.

Don Martin, secretary of Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries, said: “The Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations are still very much on the go and most of the society’s events in particular are still to come.

“We hope people will enjoy them and perhaps think about joining the society.”

Don’s society colleague Bill Black is currently putting together a community archives project entitled ‘A Slice of Time’, bringing together documents relating to the Kirkintilloch 800 celebrations for future generations.

And Don, who is currently writing a book on the History of Peel Park which is set to be published in October, hopes there will be other lasting reminders of the 800th anniversary.

He said: “There is a possibility of a permanent memorial plaque at Kirkintilloch Cross, which we are currently in talks with the council about.

“We also had the idea of having a schools essay competition.”

Keep an eye on the Herald for more details about upcoming Kirkintilloch 800 events.