A stroll down memory lane – published in the Kirkintilloch Herald – July 24, 2013
July 28, 1993
Kids playing cops and robbers had to make a run for it . . . when they were caught up in a real-life jailbreak.
The youngsters from Bishopbriggs Christian Centre were playing in woods near Low Moss Prison when they ended up in the middle of a massive police search for two escaped criminals.
Playleaders had to launch a frantic search of their own – to round up the 23 kids in their care and lead them to safety. A spokesperson for the Christian Centre said: “We were totally oblivious to the situation and it wasn’t until some of the children came back and told us that the police were in the woods that we realised something was going on.”
July 27, 1983
A senior fire brigade officer called on the public to become “watchdogs” against vandalism after 11 firemen, five of them from Strathkelvin, were injured in a blaze started by vandals.
Divisional commander Ian Miller of Strathclyde Fire Brigade told the Herald: “My men were injured because of the mindless work of vandals. They have caused untold suffering and hardship for the firemen and their families.”
Fifty firemen from Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Maryhill fought to bring a blaze in an empty building in Angus Street, Springburn, under control.
The men were injured when they became trapped by a wall of flames as they climbed a staircase to the top floor.
July 25, 1973
A number of Kirkintilloch tenants could have had a potential “fire bomb” in their house.
That was the revelation from the burgh surveyor’s department, which uncovered unofficial sub-standard electrical work in houses throughout the town.
The work was organised by a freelance door-to-door salesman who passed the orders on to various electrical contractors. The hunt was on to track down and remedy the faulty installations.
The dangerous condition of the fittings had been discovered through a number of normal complaints. A check had then revealed that electrical plugs in some houses were overheating and turning brown.
July 24, 1963
A six-year-old boy was lucky to be alive after being rescued from the U.P.C. reservoir in the foothills of the Campsie Fells thanks to the bravery of three local men.
Neil McNeil, from Milton of Campsie, and his 10-year-old brother Charles had gone to the reservoir to fish.
After spending two hours on the edge of the pool, Neil, who couldn’t swim, slipped into the icy water. For 10 desperate minutes, Charles struggled to pull the little boy out of danger, but it was hopeless.
He decided he must get help and ran to Morton’s Farm where Ian Morton summoned his brother Alastair and friend David McKay and they raced off to the scene of the accident.
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