Down Memory Lane


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100 YEARS AGO - May 3, 1912

P31117. John Watt behind Corbie Ha'.

P31117. John Watt behind Corbie Ha'.

AT a hearing at Milngavie Police Court Andrew Kyle from Clober Crescent was charged with failing to provide sufficient elementary education in reading, writing and arithmetic to his son, Gavin Kyle, for a period of one month before April 17. The accused said he was guilty because he never sent the boy back to school after he turned 14 on March 11. School Board rules meant that Gavin should have stayed at school until August 15. The Bailie said they must support this as they had got this Order through Act of Parliament, and parents must act up to it. He was given a week to pay a fine of five shillings with 15 shillings of expenses, failing that imprisonment for five days.

JOHN B. WHYTE (15), younger son of Mr A.M. Whyte of Woodlands Road, Glasgow, was killed while cycling down Kilmardinny Brae, Bearsden. Two vehicles were on the brae at the time, one going down and the other coming up and John failed to see one of the cars and was unable to stop so he collided with one of the shafts which penetrated his left side. He was taken to Dr Wood’s surgery in Bearsden but died almost immediately. He was a member of the cycling club connected with Hillhead High School, which was returning from its first run this season.

75 YEARS AGO - May 1, 1937

MILNGAVIE ramblers were going to celebrate Coronation Day outdoors on Wednesday, May 12. The Laird of Carbeth, Mr Allan Barns-Graham decided not to charge ramblers or visitors for bathing in the open-air swimming pool between Craigallion and Carbeth lochs. A bonfire and fireworks were arranged for the evening and late buses were going to run to the city. The event was advertised as a ‘leisurely day in ideal surroundings’.

P31118. Group of workers at Tambowie Distillery.

P31118. Group of workers at Tambowie Distillery.

THE paper reported the early death of Mrs Weyman, wife of Capt. A.J.M. Weyman and President of Killermont Residents Association. The article says she was a sweet and gracious lady, ‘somewhat retiring in nature’, but a loyal and true friend with a heart of gold. She had been in ‘indifferent’ health for about 18 months but her death was totally unexpected and came with ‘startling suddenness’. She was taken to the Western Infirmary when she became ill and doctors attempted to save her life but she passed away within 24 hours. There was a large turnout of friends and beautiful floral tributes at her funeral which showed the love and esteem people had for her.

50 YEARS AGO - May 4, 1962

THE front page told how all four Labour candidates had been returned to power in the municipal election on Tuesday, May 1 in Milngavie. As a result the Town Council now had five Independent members, including the Provost, and four Labour members.

The voting was J.M Macgowan (Lab) 2433, A.S McLaren (Lab) 2226, N. Baxter (Lab) 2206, J. Ryan (Lab) 2155, I.P. Gordon (Ind) 1920, J.R. Scott (Ind) 1848, H.M Ross (Ind) 1821, H.C Radford (Ind) 1806. The total votes cast for Labour were 9,020 and Independent 7,395, giving an overall majority of 1625. Nearly 300 people gathered outside Milngavie’s new town hall to hear the result in the early hours of Wednesday and Provost Kennedy, returning officer, made the announcement shortly after 1am.

ONLY Two Can Play, a ‘fresh, witty, bubbling and unfailingly funny’ comedy starring Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling and Virginia Maskell, was showing at the Rio Picture House in Bearsden. It is an adaptation of Kingsly Amis’ novel That Uncertain Feeling and tells the story of a disenchanted Welsh librarian who is very nearly engulfed by life’s minor irritations.

25 YEARS AGO - May 1, 1987

THE District Council granted outline planning permission for a supermarket and housing development at Gavin’s Mill, Milngavie. There was unanimous approval for a shopping development at a special meeting of the planning committee to settle this controversial issue. Councillor Eric Gotts supported the application by Beaver Engineering Services, and said the issue was whether or not this planning application conforms with their shopping policy statement which had been talked about a lot during the past 18 months. He added that if done properly the development would provide a circular shopping area consistent with the 1990s while retaining the village atmosphere of Milngavie.

A MEETING to discuss the future of Westerton Garden Suburb ended with residents split 50/50 in favour of the creation of a special conservation area. Since a previous stormy meeting in October 1985 the District Council had tried to make the residents aware of what this status would mean and Provost Ray Robinson opened this meeting saying that he hoped to dispel some of the misinformation that had been spread. The council had wanted to make it a conservation area since 1981 due to its history and to protect it from public or private development and demolition.

10 YEARS AGO - May 3, 2002

TEENAGERS were stunned when policemen collared them for smashing the windscreen of an unmarked patrol car. Three Boclair Academy pupils hid in a bush to hurl stones at a group of children - but a rogue rock accidentally hit the passing police car. Shocked officers screeched to a halt as the windshield cracked and soon found the trio behind the hedge in Glendaruel Avenue. Two 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old were charged with breach of the peace and a report was sent to the Children’s Panel.

POLICE were hunting a man who tried to snatch a seven year old girl from outside a Milngavie primary school. The P3 pupil was waiting for her mother at the gates of St Joseph’s Primary in North Campbell Avenue when she was approached by a man she didn’t know. He asked her if she would like a lift but the girl refused and ran back into the school.