Down memory lane


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100 YEARS AGO - May 17, 1912

JAMES PENMAN, three year old son of David Penman, electric instrument maker from Sinclair Street, Milngavie, was killed in tragic circumstances. The family was moving house and an old fashioned press, about 7ft high by 3ft broad had been taken from the door and temporarily placed in the kitchen. Mr Penman had put the press next to the fireside and while his attention was directed to other matters the boy caught hold of it by the side and pulled it over the top of himself. He sustained a severe fracture of the skull and his death was instantaneous. The paper extended much sympathy to the parents for this sad and unexpected calamity.

A BEARSDEN lady, Mrs W.F. Mostyn Campbell of Ardoch, attended Her Majesty’s Court. She wore “a charming and very becoming white satin gown, the skirt partially covered with opal and pearl iridescent net with pearl fringe. The magnificent train was veiled in very deep tinted rose-chiffon and beautiful embroidery and she wore pearl and diamond jewels, a high dog collar and necklace of diamonds and pearl and diamond earrings.”

75 YEARS AGO - May 15, 1937



THE town council invited members of the public to enrol as volunteer air raid wardens. Their principle duties would be to advise their fellow citizens about precautions against air raids, to assist them in trouble arising from air raids, acquaint themselves with relief measures and to know where help is available. Volunteers needed to be 30 years old or under with a good sense of responsibility and able to inspire confidence among others. Members of the territorial army, auxiliary air force or ambulance unit could not apply as well as anyone who was liable to recall as a Reservist or going to join the police or fire brigadier as a special constable. Those in a key position in business could not volunteer either.

THE garden suburb of Westerton in Bearsden became a ‘show place’ for the Coronation. Residents decorated the area with fairy lights enhancing the attractiveness of the general picture. Nature also lent a hand bringing along the cherry blossom in great profusion and transforming the place into something resembling a fairy land.

50 YEARS AGO - May 18, 1962

MR and Mrs Thomas Maxwell of 25 Graham Drive, Milngavie, won a £100 bedroom suite in a lucky draw. The couple were declared winners after the draw in the Glasgow showrooms of the Household Supplies Company Ltd in James Street. They had been customers of the Clydebank branch of this company for 15 years and their prize was handed over by Mr Jack Sackol - the bedroom suite was manufactured by Messrs Jack Sackol. Mr John Fisher also presented them with a spring base, interior spring mattress and a beautiful Candlewick bedspread.

BOYS’ Brigade Secretary, Major General D.J. Wilson Haffenden, suggested a smoking ban at all Boys Brigade functions attended by youngsters. He said that in view of the warning in “Smoking and Health” published by the Royal College of Physicians, Brigade officers can “no longer neglect their responsibilities to their boys.” He points out that the Brigade manual prohibits smoking in uniform, and asked: “Could we not take it a step further and say there will be no smoking at any BB function at which boys are present? Officers should be willing to take the lead in this as in all other matters.”

25 YEARS AGO - May 15, 1987

THE date for the official opening of Mugdock Country Park was set for Monday, July 16. A large marquee was going to be erected and there would be television coverage of the event. Various projects preparing the park for the opening were finally coming together and the visitors centre and toilet block were complete. Work at the castle was progressing well - recently concentrating on the South West Tower which had a padlocked gate to prevent vandals getting in. It had not been possible within their budget to replace the tower roof but a temporary roof would make sure that the internal works already in hand were protected from the weather.

MEMBERS of Edinburgh Classical Society were going to come to Bearsden dressed as Romans - walking the route of the Antonine Wall through the centre of the town. The march was part of a drive to raise money for the Friends of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and they planned to follow the wall from Edinburgh to Glasgow. The project also aimed to raise awareness of Scotland’s Roman Heritage and members were going to give talks and drill demonstrations to schools and the general public.

10 YEARS AGO - May 17, 2002

SAFETY inspectors said that Douglasmuir Quarry was safe - one week after a seven-year-old boy plunged 30ft into it. Mark Macqueen from Moorfoot Way, Bearsden, was lucky to be alive after he fell into the quarry when he climbed a small fence along its perimeter. The Baljaffray School pupil needed five stitches after he fell on a rock which cut his chin. Despite this accident East Dunbartonshire Council and Health and safety Executive inspectors told quarry owners Tarmac that they were satisfied with safety measures at the site on the outskirts of Milngavie.

SCOUTS from the 183rd Glasgow Bearsden troop were invited to form a guard of honour for the Queen when she visits Glasgow. They were very proud to have been asked to represent Greater Glasgow Scouts with other youth organisations to form the guard of honour for Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to George Square as part of the Jubilee tour.