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Bishopbriggs School 1947
Bishopbriggs School 1947

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50 YEARS AGO - January 6, 1963

THERE was just a week to go until the opening of the new £133,000 Kirkintilloch swimming baths.

Provost William Scott was to cut the ribbon on the Woodhead Park development, after which ticket holders would be treated to a swimming gala featuring some of Scotland’s biggest international swim-stars.

But amidst the celebration preparations there were still voices of dissent about the project - which some had slammed as a waste of money.

Lenzie Youth Club had officially withdrawn an application to use the pool, saying that the price was too steep.

At a meeting of the Kirkintilloch Finance Committee former provost James Thomson questioned the decision, adding: “Do they want into the baths for nothing in Lenzie?”

THE Kirkintilloch Boy Scouts group unveiled plans to buy their base at the Regent Hall, in Regent Street, for £2,500.

40 YEARS AGO - January 7, 1973

ONE of Bishopbriggs’ longest-established and most successful industries was celebrating its 50th year in the town.

The late James Kennedy founded the Scottish Wire Rope Company in 1923 - starting off with only three employees.

By 1973 the firm, based at Crowhill Works, had more than 65 staff and supplied wire rope to the National Coal Board, as well as shipping and construction companies across the world.

Countries the firm exported to included Malaya, Iceland, West Africa and East Africa.

Commercial manager James McGeachie said: “In the past few years our workforce has been fairly constant and we now have the most modern machinery in our industry.

“There are only two other manufacturars of wire ropes in Scotland and ours is the the only independent unit of its kind.”

COLLINS Publishers were advertising for 15-year-old girls to train as bookbinders in their factory - which was shortly to move from Glasgow’s Cathedral Street to Bishopbriggs.

30 YEARS AGO - February 8, 1983

A KIRKINTILLOCH woman who went to Australia for a “working holiday” was making waves down under after extending her stay for more than six years.

Pauline Nolan originally intended to stay for a few months after travelling to the other side of the world at the age of 18.

She settled in New South Wales to study and finished first in the state-wide nursing exams.

Her success at the Wagga Base Hospital saw her win a cheque and certificate for distinction.

Pauline and her equally-successful Kirkintilloch fiance - who was a Flight Lieutenant in the Australian Air Force - had recently returned home for the first time in three years to visit family - including Pauline’s six sisters and two brothers.

AN off-duty policeman was stabbed outside the Torrance Inn pub during a disturbance.

20 YEARS AGO - February 10, 1993

ELECTRONICS whizz-kid Colin Paton, from Kirkintilloch, won the title of Britain’s Inventor of the Year.

Colin (18) scooped the £15,000 Toshiba Year of Invention Award after designing an ingenious breathing monitor to combat cot deaths.

And the young inventor also won his choice of a trip for two to the Far East or a new computer.

The brainy schoolboy beat off stiff competition from more than 4,000 others to become the award’s youngest ever winner.

Colin, who was inspired by the birth of his sister Kathleen, said: “I was interested in the electronic devices used in the hospital and when I discovered the cost of the monitors I was convinced that one could be designed that was easier to use and cheaper to produce.”

BOOK manufacturers Harper Collins announced 256 jobs were going at their Bishopbriggs plant.

10 YEARS AGO - February 12, 2003

LUCKY library members from across East Dunbartonshire got the rare chance to meet best-selling author Terry Pratchett.

The popular writer talked to literary fans at Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library during an event organised by the West of Scotland branch of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

The audience was made up of people who won tickets in a council-run competition.

During his talk Terry revealed that most of his education came from visiting a public library rather than attending school.

Councillor Eris Gotts said: “We were honoured to welcome Terry Pratchett. His writing has been an inspiration to millions of people across the world and his book sales stand at a phenominal 22 million.”

THERE was controversy after the Club Max Gym at Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome banned users from wearing football club shirts.

Did you know?

KIRKINTILLOCH’S first Weight Watchers group opened in February 1973.

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