Window on the Past - a look back at the Herald archives

St Ninian's Boys' Guild team in the early 1950s.
St Ninian's Boys' Guild team in the early 1950s.

Our weekly look at the Kirkintilloch Herald archives. This week’s photo features members of St Ninian’s Boys’ Guild football team in the early 1950s.

January 25, 1995

People power prevented the closure of the popular Lennoxtown Family Centre.

Anxious mums turned out in full force to a crisis meeting to hear how they could save the service.

The centre, which provided facilities for up to 60 pre-school children, was in danger of closing until several volunteers stepped forward to help form a new management committee.

Just two days before Christmas, the centre was closed down, with project workers being told the future of the unit and their jobs was uncertain.

At the end of the meeting it was agreed that the family centre would remain open, much to the relief of parents.

January 23, 1985

A blazing row was set to erupt over shock proposals to decimate the fire service in Strathkelvin.

The plans put before Strathclyde Regional Council recommended cutting the brigade’s strength in the district to less than a third of the current rate.

Proposals included the closure of two of Strathkelvin’s three fire stations and the disbandmentof its two part-time units.

The full-time station in Bishopbriggs was to be closed, along with Stepps Fire Station and the part-time unit at Kirkintilloch.

The previous year, Kirkintilloch firefighters fought hard to defeat a similar plan to close the unit – and found themselves back there again.

January 22, 1975

Disgusted and disheartened by the senseless vandalism at local toilets, Kirkintilloch Town Council decided at a meeting that the convenience at the Cross would be subject to early closing.

In a report before the council, it was stated that there had been an attempt to set the building on fire and that two recent phases of vandalism had resulted in damage amounting to nearly £600.

Councillor Alexander McDonald commented that the cost of repairing the effects of the five-week vandalism spree could have maintained 16 council houses for a whole year. Councillors voted in favour of early closure.

January 21, 1965

A Church of Scotland minister saved the lives of his two young children when fire broke out in the attic of his manse in Bishopbriggs.

While the two children, aged eight and six slept, the roof above their bedroom was a mass of flames.

The Rev Beattie was awakened by the sound of dripping water from pipes melting.

Mr Beattie’s first thought when he saw the flames was for his children. He dashed to their bedroom and carried them downstairs. He wakened his wife and his eldest child, aged 11.

Meanwhile, a neighbour who had been out walking her dog, spotted the blazing roof and called the fire brigade who fought for an hour to control the fire.