CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE . . . Don Martin, one of the organisers of a recent exhibition in Milngavie’s Heritage Centre, holds a model of the Bennie railplane which was invented by George Bennie in the 1930s who had a prototype of it built in Milngavie, with volunteer, Rona Hooper from Milngavie.
Visitors could also see a small part of the superstructure of the railplane which moved along an overhead rail with propellers. Bennie was never able to secure funding for further development and went bankrupt in 1937.
Other items in the new display cases on the day, which were used for the first time, included old fashioned tailoring equipment used by James Barr in his premises in Station Road, Milngavie, provided by his grand-daughter, Margaret Hamilton, who still lives in Milngavie. There was also a wide range of ironmongery and hardware including a marmalade cutter, wooden cabbage presser, a metal potato masher and a brass pastry cutter.
Other items included menus and memorabilia from the Black Bull Hotel, lemonade bottles used by local manufacturers (Garvies and Strathdee), milk bottles that once held milk produced at local farms. There was also a display of children’s toys, including doll’s house equipment, lead soldiers, Meccano, a clockwork mouse and an early TV Muffin the Mule marionette.
A larger exhibition on the “Buildings of Milngavie” is going to be shown at the Heritage Centre on Friday and Saturday September 28 and 29 and Monday, October 3. (Ref: m21394) Picture: ROBERTO CAVIERES