Down memory lane

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100 YEARS AGO - July 26 1912

IN the police courts, Milngavie woman Jane Lee was charged with being drunk and disorderly on a Saturday night in the town. She pleaded guilty and was fined 10 shillings or 10 days in prison. She decided to go to prison. At the same sitting before Bailie Macmillan, Arthur Ker also pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance in Douglas Street, Milngavie and was fined seven shillings and six pence with the alternative of seven days in prison.

A WELL known pianist called Graham Moffat, author of Bunty Pulls the Strings, played in Milngavie to the local branch of the Independent Labour Party. Mr Moffat had played in London and has had an article written about him in the London Evening News. It was reported that the pianist had been encouraged after learning that MP Keir Hardie can play Scots Wha Hae very well but somewhat loudly with bell accompaniment.”

75 YEARS AGO - July 24 1937

A WELL known Balmore farmer died at Whitefauld Farm aged 76. James Bowie, whose family had farmed the land since 1610, was the oldest of the offspring. He was a past president of the Campsie, Strathblane and Baldernoch Agricultural Society. Except for the past four years, he had attended the annual shows regularly for the past 62 years. He was keenly interested in Clydesdale horses, and has been a judge at various cattle shows. Friends and relatives said Mr Bowie had a wonderful memory for horses. In church affairs, he also took a leading role with the Old Free Church, Baldernock, which is now associated with St Luke’s, Milngavie.

JOSEPH CALDWELL of Sinclair Drive, Milngavie and his young bride had their hopes of a grand honeymoon in Blackpool dashed when, on the way to the station, they discovered that a wallet which contained their holiday money and the railway tickets was missing. It is believed the items were stolen from a side room in Caldwell Halls, Torrance during the ceremony.

50 YEARS AGO - July 27 1962

A CAR driven by Hunter McNair, a Glasgow man aged 65, went out of control on the dual carriageway between Canniesburn Toll and Killermont Bridge, Bearsden, after it hit a kerb. Mr McNair was taken to the Western Infirmary, but not detained and allowed to go home after observations. Fortunately no other vehicles were involved in what could have been a very serious accident.

A LEADING eye consultant from Bearsden passed away after a long and distinguished career. Dr John Pendleton White of Campbell Drive, was formerly a senior consultant surgeon at Glasgow Eye Infirmary from which he retired in October 1960. After graduating from Glasgow University in 1917, Dr White served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and later held a number of appointments in Glasgow and the Falkirk and Stirling area. He was a clinical teacher at Glasgow University and a former vice-chairman of the Western Joint Ophthalmic Services Committee.

25 YEARS AGO - July 24 1987

Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe paid a visit to Glengoyne Distillery in Strathblane to show his support for the Scottish whisky industry in its trade war with Japan. Sir Geoffrey said that the British had taken the case of the Japanese trade restrictions to the European Commission of Fair Trade and expected a result in Britain’s favour, which he hoped the Japanese would honour. After the visit Sir Geoffrey was treated to a dram of Glengoyne’s latest product, a 17-year-old malt. The Foreign Secretary’s entourage continued its tour of the constituency with lunch at the Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen, with members of the constituency party. At a speech to the Stirling Conservative Association later he said the Conservative Party had a mandate for Scotland and he dismissed the idea of a Scottish Assembly saying that there were better ways of Scotland sharing in Britain’s economic growth.

THE Scottish Bus Group’s Burnbrae depot in Bearsden was earmarked to close with the future of the 110 workforce thrown into doubt. Officially only six clerical employees were told their jobs were to go when the depot closes in October. The official statement from the company said that all engineering staff will be offered alternative employment, but workers blame poor management for the closure and are not optimistic about the future. Bosses also said there would be no changes to services currently operating from the depot in Mingavie Road.

10 YEARS AGO - July 26 2002

A GROUP of boys tried to con Tesco in Milngavie into giving them a reward after they claimed to have found a mouse in the shop. The boys said they had spotted the rodent in the confectionary aisle and alerted customer services. But staff smelled a rat because the field mouse was in a red nail box containing leaves and grass and asked the boys to leave. One of the group, a 14-year-old boy, later complained to the Herald that they were not believed just because they were teenagers. But a spokesman for the store said they were just a “bunch of chancers” who were looking for a reward.

POLICE appealed for witnesses after vandals daubed pro-cannabis graffiti on the walls of Milngavie’s Marks & Spencer. They sprayed the names Chris T, Jamie and Hugo and the letters LCC (standing for Legalise Cannabis Campaign).

BEARSDEN residents living under the Glasgow Airport flight-path were being asked for their opinion on plans to expand the airport following an increase in demand for air travel. Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Brian Fitzpatrick said it was essential that the views of communities that are directly affected by airport activities are consulted by decision makers.