A trip down memory lane through the Herald archives

50 years ago

It was a bumper Christmas for traders in the burgh which was reflected in the amount of parcels, letters and cards that had been sent over the festive period.

Banks also reported record withdrawals with people queuing to make withdrawals before the banks closed.

At Bearsden Post Office an extra 70 staff were employed to deal with the massive increase in volume.

And the Boys’ Brigade Hall in Drymen Road was taken over as a parcel sorting office. The organisation is also using local buses for deliveries.

Post Master David Watson said: “The increased number of parcels shows that there is more money about.”

40 years ago

There was a call for traffic lights to be installed at the Post Office crossroads junction in Milngavie following a number of accidents.

Dunbarton County Council discussed the matter, and Milngavie’s senior magistrate John Gardner asked councillors how long they were prepared to put up with the situation.

Mr Francis Kane, convener of the roads and committee said there had been some investigations and the Scottish Development Department were doing some calculations into the feasibility of putting up traffic lights.

The conclusion from the meeting was that the process was ‘almost half way there’

It was felt that the erection of traffic lights would be a big step in road safety following the increase in car use.

30 years

Bearsden West Community Council has criticised the District Council and the owners of the disused Maxwell Avenue, Co-operative for allowing the building to fall into disrepair.

The building was damaged in a fire and has not been made secure, resulting in further weather and vandalism damage.

The community council wanted the District Council to buy the building and renovate it so it could be used by the community as a centre were people could meet and act as a focal point for the people of Bearsden.

One of the councillors asked why a dereliction order had not been placed on the building.

However there had been a question mark over who owned the building ever since moves to turn it into a snooker hall were mooted.

20 years

There was a big question mark over the future of Bearsden’s Canniesburn Hospital with the announcement that Greater Glasgow Health Board’s new acute services were to be put out to public consultation.

The three major services at Canniesburn Hospital were plastic surgery, oral surgery and care for the elderly.

Under new proposals five major centre would provide acute care which were Stobhill, Gartnavel, Southern General, Glasgow Royal and the Royal Infirmary.

Plastic surgery and oral surgery were among the services to be rationalised as part of the new strategy.

And plans to reduce care beds for the elderly could also have an impact on the hospital.