Down Memory Lane

war weapons parade
war weapons parade

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100 YEARS AGO - May 10, 1912

A CHARITY music recital was held in aid of the victims of the Titanic disaster in Milngavie Burgh Hall attended by the Provost. The town’s magistrate and councillors also attended with money raised going to the Titanic Disaster Fund. The Provost said he “believed sufficient has already been said to bring this deserving object before the notice of the public, and we trust the recital will be a great success.”

THE Scottish Aeronautical Society, chaired by its president Professor A. Barr of Westerton, Bearsden, held its third annual meeting at the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilding in Glasgow. In submitting the annual report Mr Barr commented upon the work of the society and in particular upon the success of the Circuit of Britain Race. The meeting also noted that one of the most important features of the society’s work had been the Aviation Pavilion at the recent Glasgow Exhibition which had been organised by a committee from the society.

75 YEARS AGO - May 8, 1937



MILNGAVIE made arrangements for the coronation of their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Described in the Herald as a “great epoch-making event that will be rejoicing throughout the world” locally Provost Hunter said arrangements to mark the occasion had been “going on a-pace for weeks past.” The town council had given full consent to celebrate the historic occasion and all the shops were vying with each other to decorate their premises with flags and bunting. It was reported that Milngavie is “likely to look a very gay town. All that is required is a fine sunny day to show up the decorations at their best.”

AUTO Services Ltd in Milngavie was advertising a brand new Morris Eight for £120.10. For petrol-heads the 10hp car had a top speed of over 50 mph and boasted features like proper fuses to all electrical circuits, chromium plated radiator, six stud wheel-fixings which were a real ‘safety feature’ and hydraulic brakes.

50 YEARS AGO - May 11, 1962

IT was reported that the foundation stone of the Church of Scotland’s new Kirk Street hall in Milngavie will be laid by the Provost R. H. M. Kennedy. The Moderator of the Presbytery of Dumbarton, Rev George R Logan, was to be guest of honour. The new hall was erected by the Church Extension Committee of the Church of Scotland in co-operation with the Presbytery of Dumbarton and the local churches. The site was described as a commanding one at the top of Balvie Road with a splendid view of the Campsie Hills. Across the road from the proposed site there will be a new primary school and “in the not too distant future” Douglas Academy will also be near the new hall.

FOR someone wanting to buy a house in 1962, Russell Houses were advertising a five apartment semi-detached house for £3,120 with a 90 per cent loan available in Clober Estate Milngavie. The area is described as “one of the most beautiful estates near Glasgow, surrounded by golf courses and lovely countryside and near Dumgoyne Avenue.” The house was spacious and well fitted throughout, easy to run and furnish. There was also a detached house with garage at Clober Estate for £3,650.

25 YEARS AGO - May 8, 1987

AN angry Bearsden mum whose boy was knocked down by a car said she would be keeping her son at home until the council did something about a dangerous junction. Kathleen Brown, who had warned the council about the junction at Canniesburn Road and Milngavie Road, was not prepared to risk the life of her boy who was hit by a car on his way to school at Boclair Academy. Kenneth (12) from Dirleton Gate, Westerton, had to be taken to the Western Infirmary and treated for a cracked knee cap and several stitches to his right arm.

THERE was a nasty surprise awaiting Girl Guides when an incendiary device was left at Westerton Church Hall in Crarae Avenue, Bearsden. The bottle of flammable liquid and lit rag were thought to have been left earlier that day at around 1.25pm. An eye witness phoned the minister Rev Ian Telfer to report seeing four boys, aged about 16, acting suspiciously. The device had been smouldering when the 9th Bearsden Guides assembled and had to go home when they smelt smoke. Police and the fire department were called and by this time the hall was full with black smoke.

10 YEARS AGO - May 10, 2002

A SCHOOLBOY was lucky to be alive after plunging 30 feet down a quarry. Mark Macqueen (seven) of Moorfoot Way, Bearsden, walked away after the fall but suffered a punctured chin and broken teeth. The Baljaffray Primary pupil’s relieved mum Avril said he was lucky to be alive after the fall at Douglasmuir Quarry. It is believed his life was saved by him trying to hold on the rock face as he fell, thus slowing him down.

POLICE launched a major crackdown following a rise in the amount of anti-social behaviour. Eight arrests were made after they targeted hotspots in a bid to stamp out the problem. The Herald highlighted the escalating crimes causes by youngsters taking drugs and drinking. PC Paul Duffy said that it was “a game of cat and mouse” trying to catch youngsters. He said that by the very nature of the problem it didn’t stay in one place.