Down memory lane

funeral procession
funeral procession

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King George V

King George V

100 YEARS AGO - March 1, 1912

MEMBERS of Bearsden North United Free Church congregation and friends said farewell to their minister, Rev J. Colville Peattie, who was leaving to do mission work in South Africa. Mr Peattie was in charge of North U.F. Church for 16 years and the article says: “Judging by the warm sentiments that have been given on his behalf, his work has been marked by liberality and tolerance, sympathy and broadmindedness, which characterises him as a true blue Presbyterian.” Everyone agreed that there could not be a truer or wiser guide for the young men and women in South Africa.

MR DUNCAN McNAUGHTON, F.R.I.B.A, architect, Glasgow, died at Fraoch, Bearsden. His work provided many fine buildings in the city and neighbourhood, including The Baltic Chambers, Wellington Street, the Town Hall, Maryhill, the Dumbarton County Buildings and several schools for Glasgow, Maryhill, and Rutherglen School Boards. Mr McNaughton was born in Rutherglen in 1845 and served his apprenticeship with Mr Spence, a well known architect in his 70s, and succeeded him in business. He had a good practice, and most of his work was characterised by a sensitive appreciation of both mass and detail.

75 YEARS AGO - March 6, 1937

THERE was a lot of interest in the wedding of a woman from Westerton which was due to be held at New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden. Miss Elizabeth Thomson, a dress designer in Bath Street, Glasgow, had designed her wedding dress in Tudor style of ivory lace over pale gold lame, and everyone expected it to be a very beautiful creation. Miss Thomson was said to be a ‘genuine Westertonian’, her parents were among those who arrived in the garden suburb when it was viewed as a ‘residential wonder’ and they did their fair share of ‘spade work to establish the little town on the fringe of the city’. Miss Thomson’s groom was Mr Woodward, former advertising manager in Glasgow for the S.M.T magazine and current editor of the magazine in Edinburgh.

NEW streets were given names by the County Council - in the Kilmardinny Scheme/Burnbrae section - the road running at right angles to the proposed Mosshead Road and parallel to Milngavie Road was named Burnbrae Avenue, the road at right angles to Burnbrae Road and parallel to Mosshead Road will be known as Beech Avenue, the second road at right angles to Burnbrae Road will be known as Hawthorn Avenue. In the Killermont district, Woodvale Avenue and Speirs Road will be known as George Avenue and Albert Drive.

50 YEARS AGO - March 2, 1962

A MILNGAVIE man saw his Land Rover begin to roll backwards down one of Glasgow’s steepest streets towards Sauchiehall Street while he was lying injured on the ground after being catapulted from his car. John Laurie, of 2 Baldernock Cottages, dragged himself painfully to his feet, stumbled after the moving vehicle, climbed in and pulled on the handbrake.John (45), a portrait painter, was on his way to a lecture at Glasgow Art College when his Land Rover collided with a car at the junction of Garnet Street. He was taken to the Western Infirmary with a broken pelvis.

SWITCHBACK Road and Drymen Road, Bearsden, were badly hit during an overnight blizzard which struck the country unexpectedly. Buses and cars lined the Switchback Road for about half a mile on Monday morning - unable to continue to Glasgow. A car was slightly damaged when it skidded on Strathblane Road, Milngavie, and collided with a street lamp.

25 YEARS AGO - March 6, 1987

THE Chieftain of Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games was named as Mr Sulu from Star Trek. Sulu, otherwise known as George Takei, is one of the most popular characters from the cult TV programme.The Games organisers were excited about George’s appearance that year as they thought it would make the event the most colourful for some time. The president, Walter Boyle, had contacted members of the Star Trek fan club - known as Trekkies - to tell them George would be Chieftain of the Games. He got letters from all over the country, London, Cardiff, Leicester and Inverness all saying they want to go along on the day.

IT was exclusively revealed to the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald by local authority chief executive, Ian Laurie, that a permanent site for travelling people within Bearsden and Milngavie was going to be set up on Stockiemuir Road at Chestnut Lane - on the outskirts of Milngavie. The council had identified a site of just under an acre which could accommodate 12 caravan pitches. A detailed set of proposals was available to view at Milngavie and Brookwood libraries for several weeks.

10 YEARS AGO - March 1, 2002

FIVE Bearsden Academy pupils aged 12 to 16 needed counselling after they found a corpse hanging from a tree. They made the gruesome discovery in woodland between Courthill and Schaw Drive as they walked along a footpath to school. They initially thought it was a tailors dummy but as they got closer they realised it was a man. One of the pupils immediately alerted the police on a mobile phone. The police believed the 47-year-old Glasgow man, who had not been named yet, committed suicide near Bearsden Ski Club.

DRUGS with a street value of £800 were seized from a Milngavie teenager. Traffic and drugs police launched a carefully planned two-pronged raid on the 19-year-old in his car and at his home in the Falloch Road area. Officers charged a man with possession of a controlled drug, thought to have been Ecstasy, and intent to supply.