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Pupils at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Milngavie, which had a catchment area that also included Bearsden, was ‘bursting at the seams’ according to the authorities.

In order to alleviate the problem 90 youngsters were going to be moved to the new Clober Primary School, which was scheduled to open in Easter 1965.

St Joseph’s had 370 pupils on its roll and the general purposes room had already been taken over as a classroom.

The overcrowding was reflected in the number of pupils in each classroom. Most had over 40 in them, with one having 49 pupils.

Sister Mary of St Joseph’s said she had been told two of her classes would be moved to Clober Primary School.


Milngavie was set to be the start of a new long distance path stretching from the town right up to Fort William - a distance of 96 miles.

The long distance walk would be known as the West Highland Way and, although it was agreed in principle in 1973, it had to be approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland, William Ross.

With the reorganisation of the local authorities in 1976 it was envisaged that, with less authorities to deal with, the planned path’s introduction could be accelerated.

Although Dunbartonshire would only provide about five miles of the route, and Stirlingshire 34, because it was at the start it was felt that both areas were important in the promotion of what could be a major tourist attraction.


Bringing in the bells was not a problem for Bearsden woman Brenda Cole, who has a collection of 1,200.

The keen bell collector had been collecting them for more than a decade and had them in all shapes and sizes.

When all of Mrs Cole’s bells were unpacked they covered the whole floor of her living room.

The bells came in a range of materials as well, including copper, brass, crystal, silver, china, Wedgwood, glass, paper, wood and even corn.

Mrs Cole said she could remember where every one of her bells came from and who she got them from.

In all of her time collecting bells, Mrs Cole had only ever broken one and she still had it because of sentimental reasons.


A thug who placed pieces of concrete on the train line between Bearsden and Westerton Station could have caused a serious accident - according to British Transport Police.

Officers moved quickly to remove the obstruction after getting a call from worried members of the public who raised the alarm.

Westerton Train Station had seen a number of vandalism incidents which had resulted in court appearnces for those who had been caught.

And it culminated in Dumbarton Sheriff John Fitssimons labelling the area around Westerton train station as a ‘hotbed of trouble.’

He said: “I want to send out a warning to every would be trouble maker at Westerton that I will throw the book at them.”