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100 YEARS AGO - February 9, 1912

A BARDOWIE lad was injured when a tramcar collided with the rear end of the milk float he was travelling in along Main Street, Maryhill. Robert Bevinue (13) of Burnellan, Bardowie, sustained a sprained wrist and head injury after he was thrown on to the street. William Miller (16) of North Bardowie, Baldernock, was the driver of the horse and milk float which was going north along Main Street.

VOTES for women - the people of Bearsden had already listened a talk from a member of the Anti-Suffrage League and they were now being given the opportunity to hear the other side of the question from a Suffragette - Mrs John, of Glasgow.

75 YEARS AGO - February 13, 1937

THE preliminary arrangements for the Coronation celebrations in May were considered at a monthly meeting of Milngavie Town Council. It was agreed that there would be a religious service in St Paul’s Church, Milngavie, on the day of the Coronation with all the clergy taking part and the service would end in time for the broadcast from Westminster Abbey. Children were going to take part in sports under the supervision of Mr Urquhart, the headmaster of Milngavie School. Recent photos of the Royal family (1400 copies) would be sent to every household in the burgh. There would also be a bonfire and fireworks - not exceeding the cost of £20, in the public park and a band playing dance music. Flags and bunting would be used to decorate the village and a commemorative medal produced.

A WARNING was issued to parents about a suspicious looking substance which might come into the hands of children in Bearsden. Police officers visited householders in search of explosives - the outcome of the arrest of two men, alleged to have been caught attempting to burgle the Rio Picture House at Canniesburn Toll, Bearsden. When the men were taken into custody, one of them is believed to have thrown away a handkerchief containing explosives but the police were unable to find it in the darkness, despite a thorough search of the area.

50 YEARS AGO - February 9, 1962

AN obituary for Mr David Lindsay of Whitehurst, Bearsden, appeared on the front page of the paper. It comments that his death means that the ‘Burgh loses probably her oldest citizen - certainly the one person in the community who formed a link with the “good old days” of the single railway track and three horse box when the now popular Burgh of Bearsden was little more than a rural village on the outskirts of Glasgow’. He arrived to the area from the USA in his early youth and was brought up by his uncle, one of the two grocers in the village. When he left school he became one of the village’s two postmen. He was survived by two daughters.

THE Provost J. Ogilvie Lennox, requested that the council chambers name be changed from municipal buildings, Milngavie Road, Bearsden, to Municipal Buildings, Boclair, Bearsden. At a meeting of Bearsden Town Council, Provost Lennox said: “There is something about the address of the new Bearsden municipal buildings which strikes me as invidious. I have nothing against Milngavie, in fact, we are the best of friends, however I’d like to retain a Bearsden name.”

25 YEARS AGO - February 13, 1987

THERE was such a shortage of grave diggers in the Milngavie and Bearsden district that the parks superintendent, Alan Copeland, and his deputy William Smith, had to transport coffins from the hearse to grave. This came to light during a health and general purposes committee council meeting who were trying to reduce the next year’s budget for cemeteries. A suggestion from Alliance Councillor Colin Beveridge - that the bill for manual workers should be cut - prompted an outburst from Ian Laurie, the chief executive, who said they were at the point that they were almost unable to dig a grave.

CUSTOMERS from the Cross Keys pub in Milngavie were evacuated on a Friday night following a bomb scare. Police received an anonymous 999 call at 6.05pm and traced it back within minutes to a nearby call box. The busy pub was cleared while the premises were searched, no bomb was found and the police treated it as a hoax call.

10 YEARS AGO - February 8, 2002

A BEARSDEN man launched a campaign to prevent the owners of Douglas Muir Quarry from extending the quarry. John Murray of Moorfoot Way, Bearsden, who lived 700 metres away from the boundary of the mine, opposed the plans because he feared that 34 acres of conservation woodland would be destroyed. He was also concerned that noise levels and dust from the excavation work would make life a misery for residents and rob the area of a habitat for wildlife including roe deer, birds, bats and owls. Mr Murray planned to gather signatures for a petition to “Save Our Woodland” and lobby East Dunbartonshire bosses.

THE Herald reported how Bearsden singer Darius Danesh (now Campbell) was voted out of Pop Idol. Despite scooping 21 per cent of the 5.8 million votes, Darius could not compete with his popular rivals Will Young and Gareth Gates despite giving stunning renditions of Toploader’s Dancin’ in The Moonlight and Make it Easy On Yourself by the Walker Brothers. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the 21-year-old Popstars reject as he was due to headline two Pop Idol reunion gigs at Glasgow’s SECC when he would join forces with the ITV show’s other nine finalists.

From the files of the Milngavie & Bearsden Herald