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100 YEARS AGO - March 29, 1912

SIMON FRASER, an itinerant saw sharper from Beauly, was charged with conducting himself in a riotous manner at Peter MacGregor’s grocery shop, during a special court meeting in Milngavie. Mr MacGregor said Mr Fraser was drunk and he hoped the court would deal leniently with him. The accused said he was a little the worse of drink, because he had seven glasses of whisky for four pennies. The Bailie imposed a penalty of five shillings or five days in prison.

READERS were being encouraged to go along to Milngavie Burgh Hall’s picture palace at the weekend for something out of the ordinary - a very suggestive film entitled ‘A Message from Beyond’ which “conjures up some spiritualistic episode that should be interesting” and ‘The Madman’. Patrons were assured that they would also receive no ‘hunt-the-gowk’ (practical joke) if they went along on Monday evening as Mr Breckenridge had a very fine programme arranged.

75 YEARS AGO - April 3, 1937

Lesley Dougan

Lesley Dougan

DAVID BOYCE, a farm servant from Broadgate Farm, Strathblane, pleaded guilty to stealing 12 geese eggs and four hen eggs at a hearing in Campsie court. The prosecutor, Mr Scott, said David Boyce’s employer had missing geese and hen eggs and the only person who had gone into the shed where they were kept was the accused. Mr Scott said this was a serious offence - he had abused the trust of his employer - but the court was persuaded that he was not really the thieving kind. The penalty was 20 shillings or 20 days in prison.

TWO cars crashed at the junction of Douglas Street and Clober Road. One of them was travelling west along Douglas Street, the other was going south on Clober Road. The car from Douglas Street, which had four passengers and a driver, was overturned, but they all escaped with slight injuries although they were all shocked. The car was badly damaged.

50 YEARS AGO - March 30, 1962

MILNGAVIE Town Council and Dumbarton County Council were given six weeks by Secretary of State John Maclay to decide how they would provide water for the scheme of 1,400 houses at West Mains Estate, Milngavie. The building project had been delayed for more than three years because Milngavie and Dumbarton disagreed as to who should supply the water for the new area. J. Lawrence (Glasgow) Ltd had complained to the Secretary of State that he could not go ahead with his plans to develop 117.55 acres at Mains Estate because of a lack of water supply and a public inquiry had begun the previous year to settle the dispute.

THE new Town Hall and Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie were going to be officially opened. Lady Cunningham-Grahame, wife of the Lord Lieutenant Admiral Sir Angus Cunningham-Grahame, was the guest of honour along with other invited guests. An exhibition had been organised at the Lillie Art Gallery thanks to pictures and sculptures loaned from the Burrell Collection, together with some of the late Mr Lillie’s pictures and a show by the members of Milngavie Art Club.

25 YEARS AGO - April 3, 1987

SCOTLAND’S only clay pigeon coaching school at Milngavie’s Bankell Farm was threatened with closure because neighbours claimed the noise from it was “intolerable.” The West of Scotland shooting school, which opened the previous October, had already become very popular. The owner, seven times Scottish champion, Allan Bell, said there was a need for the school, without one, he said: “It’s like sending a golfer out to play an Open without ever being taught how to hit a ball on a professional golf course.” However, Milngavie residents said the noise was affecting their pets - one woman claimed it was so bad that her dog had to be put on Valium.

A MILNGAVIE resident claimed that if a proposed travelling people’s site went ahead the value of his house would plunge. John McGarrity, his wife Doreen and neighbour Margaret Cochran, lived in two listed cottages at 12 Chestnut Lane, which he claimed was one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Scotland. It had cost over £70,000 to convert the former gatehouse and dovecot of Old Mains House - a 300 year old manor demolished to accommodate Douglas Academy almost 20 years ago. He claimed the travelling people’s site was only going to be 200 to 250 yards away from their homes and they had already made a mess there - dumping rubbish and scrap metal.

10 YEARS AGO - April 5, 2002

AN 85-YEAR-OLD man was critically ill in hospital after he was knocked down by a white Transit van while crossing Duntocher Road near St Andrew’s College. Witnesses reported that he was also almost hit by a car as well but the driver swerved. The man was unconscious but a passing off-duty policeman gave him CPR and a member of the public contacted the emergency services by mobile phone. He was taken to the Western Infirmary - his condition was critical.

THE Volunteer Centre - East Dunbartonshire Befriending Project - was awarded nearly £200,000 in grants to improve the service. Set up in 1999, the centre matches volunteers with vulnerable adults who feel excluded and isolated by society. The money was going to be used to reduce its long waiting list, employ an additional staff member and set up a telephone and e-mail service.