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100 YEARS AGO - March 22, 1912
MILNGAVIE Amateur Dramatic Club (under the directorship of Mr J.G. Breckenridge) presented the great Scotch musical drama, “Guy Mannering” or “The Gipsy’s Prophecy” with full chorus and orchestra, in the Burgh Hall. Mr James Scrimgeour’s pupils also gave dramatic recitals at Bearsden Public Hall - the programme included scenes from the late W.S. Gilbert’s “Pygmalion and Galatea” and from Dickens’ “Cricket on the Hearth”, a dramatic sketch “An Unrecorded Trial”, a fairy play, a play of nursery rhymes and two comedy sketches.
MILNGAVIE vet William McIlraith retired after nearly 50 years in business. He had lived in Milngavie for 40 years, running a wide country practice taking in the districts of Kirkintilloch, Campsie, Killearn, Fintry and Bearsden. Holding a high reputation as an authority on cattle, his services were much in demand and he was held in high esteem by farmers. Despite his arduous work, involving long drives in the country in all sorts of weather and at all hours, Mr McIlraith was still ‘hale and hearty’.
75 YEARS AGO - March 27, 1937
FIVE young men from Glasgow pleaded guilty and received a fine or five days in prison for annoying residents and pedestrians by playing football on Glasgow Road at the junction with Keystone Avenue. The Fiscal said that, according to the sergeant, who was standing in Keystone Road, he heard something being smashed up against the hoardings in Glasgow Road. Then he found the accused kicking two rubber balls. The road was busy with motorists who didn’t have a straight view because of the curve at the farm so playing football there was a danger to themselves as well as drivers.
PATRICK HUGHES, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to being drunk and incapable of taking care of himself in the War Memorial grounds on Douglas Street, Milngavie. The prosecutor in Milngavie court said he was found lying in one of the flower beds - absolutely incapable. He was lifted to his feet but was unable to stand and there was nobody to look after him. He was given the choice of a fine or 10 days in prison.
50 YEARS AGO - March 23, 1962
CHIEF Constable William Kerr appealed for more assistance from the public as ‘the present level of co-operation was much below what was essential to continue to reduce crime statistics’. The total number of crimes and offences had increased by 23 per cent over the previous year. Mr Kerr said: “It is not a question of helping the police rather it is a matter of all law abiding people combining with the police to protect life and property. If you see or hear anything suspicious contact us at once - speed is essential.”
A LACK of support for Milngavie Horticultural Society’s Garden Competition - which had been run exclusively for council house gardens for two years - prompted the organisers to extend it to all gardens in Milngavie, including privately owned houses. Gardens would still be judged on four main points - general neatness, profitable use of ground, quality not quantity of flowers and vegetables and general appearance and effect of the garden as a unit.
25 YEARS AGO - March 27, 1987
DUE to the EEC surpluses, food was being distributed to OAPs, those on Supplementary Benefit and the homeless at the Old People’s Welfare Committee at the Fraser Centre in Milngavie. During this week cheese and milk was being handed out. Free milk was also being given away in St Joseph’s church hall in Buchanan Street while milk, butter and eggs were being distributed from the garage at Craigholme Eventide Home on Roman Road.
AFTER several attempts Milngavie’s lounge bar, Illusions, received an extension to its regular permitted drinking hours. The pub was now allowed to open between 2.30 and 5.30pm each Friday and Saturday afternoon throughout the year despite two objections from nearby residents. The agent for Illusions, Mr Gilmour, argued the case for his client in an impassioned and at times humorous speech. He said: “Just as plants and flowers are believed to have feelings, large corporate bodies like Tennent Caledonian Breweries have feelings too.”
10 YEARS AGO - March 22, 2002
RESIDENTS in Strathblane were calling for a public inquiry into the proposed £100million treatment works at Milngavie Reservoir. The villagers claimed that heavy goods vehicles would be trundling past every two minutes at peak times if the spoil from the Milngavie site went northwards to Muirhouse quarry on the outskirts of Strathblane. There was standing room only at a public meeting held in Strathblane Primary School when Gus Watt, project director from West of Scotland Water was bombarded with questions.
PARENTS vowed to fight the closure of Craigdhu pre-school in Milngavie. They were campaigning against a decision by education chiefs to shut down the service to allow more pupils from outwith the area to attend Craigdhu Primary School. They wanted East Dunbartonshire Council to buy a mobile unit for the pre-school to use - but claimed that officials had refused to pay for this.