Milngavie Heritage Group celebrates all our sporting yesterdays

Milngavie, Milngavie Town hall, Sport in Milngavie exhibition for local history week
Milngavie, Milngavie Town hall, Sport in Milngavie exhibition for local history week

PEOPLE thronged to see a fascinating exhibition of memorabilia charting the sporting history of the district to celebrate Local History Week.

Milngavie Heritage Group put on the event which started last Saturday in the former court room in Milngavie town hall and on Monday welcomed more than 90 people to get a taste of the sporting history in the area.

Among the interesting exhibits was one from the 1968 Mexico Olympics in which Milngavie wrestler John McCourtney took part.

The group’s Neil Weir said: “We don’t how he got on but just to compete was an achievement in itself.”

Also on display were tracksuits from the 1936 Berlin Games which Adolf Hitler tried to use as a showpiece for Aryan supremacy - and which was famously debunked when black man Jessie Owens won four golds.

According to Neil the tracksuits only say Britain on them because Hitler objected to the Great in front of Britain.

He added: “This is the second event we have put on since we acquired the use of the former court rooms.

“Our next aim is to have people come up with ideas such that concentrate on a particular time in history.”

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson congratulated everyone who helped to organise the events for Local History Week.

She said: “There’s still time to enjoy what’s on offer - Sport in Milngavie is on until Saturday.

“The Scottish Screen Archive is showing historical films about Bearsden and Milngavie in Brookwood Library, Bearsden, and there is a selection of photographs from the library’s extensive local history collection on display.”

Contact East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust on 777 3142 or e-mail libraries@eastdunbarton.gov.uk