Down Memory Lane


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100 YEARS AGO - June 14, 1912

A serious act of poisoning was reported to the officials of Milngavie Angling Club, who have control of the fishing rights in the River Allander, and was being investigated. A bag containing chemical to poison or sicken the fish was found in the river and it was believed that 80 trout were taken out of the water and sold. This was not the first time that an illegal offence such as this had been committed on the river and club officials had received information which meant that they expected to discover the guilty party.

JAMES Mitchell, alias James Millar and a lot of other aliases, (39 years old), supposed to be a stoker or fireman, of no fixed residence, was locked up in Bearsden for the theft of a saw from a house in Bearsden, and for being in possession of five other saws and a quantity of goods that he could not account for. He made a declaration before the Sheriff and was sentenced to three years penal servitude. He had been convicted about 22 times and he was also sentenced to 18 months in jail.

75 YEARS AGO - June 12, 1937

A man was in custody pending further inquiries after a series of petty thefts in Milngavie churches. Churchgoers were annoyed to find money and other articles from overcoats missing when they left at the end of services - mainly at evening ones. A few weeks ago a man who was seen in the lobby leading to the vestry of Cairns church made a hasty retreat and before the close of a recent evening service two members followed a man who entered the rear door and interrogated him about his business there. Dissatisfied with his explanation they reported him to the police and he was charged and apprehended.

TWO 13-year-old boys were taken by ambulance to Glasgow Eye Infirmary and 13 other pupils were slightly injured when a flask burst while they were conducting an experiment in a science room at Bearsden Academy. Ian Horn of Maxwell Avenue, Westerton, and Duncan Waugh of Burnside Cottages, Bearsden, were taken to the Infirmary - Duncan was allowed to go home but Ian was detained with injuries to one eye. Mr James Gray, assistant science master at the Academy, was in charge of the class - he was struck with flying fragments of the glass as well as 13 pupils who escaped serious injury.

50 YEARS AGO - June 15, 1962

A group of Nigerians, who were in Scotland to study local government, visited the Burgh Chambers, Bearsden. There were nine in the party, all of them from Northern Nigeria and the trip was financed by the Nigerian government. There were teachers and local government officials in the group aged between 26 to 45. They wore their national dress and Provost Ogilvie Lennox wore his full civic regalia for the occasion. They were in Scotland during a hot spell - and the article comments ‘hot by our standards but not by the Nigerians! They were all wearing thick woolly sweaters under their robes.’

TERRY Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazz Band had everyone swinging ‘the light fantastic’ at the BB Hall in Bearsden recently. About 500 people gathered in the hall on what was one of the hottest June nights for many years to enjoy the fun. In spite of the heat there was hardly any sitting about - everybody jumped to it. This was their first visit to Bearsden and they were on a tour of the country on one nightly stands.

25 YEARS AGO - June 12, 1987

PREPARATIONS were complete for the Highland Games Show which was to be held the following day and all that was needed to make it a success was good weather. Games organiser, Walter Boyle, said plans for the Games had gone without any problems apart from a last minute hitch over crowd control barriers, solved when the Regional Council stepped in to help. The Chieftain was George Takei - otherwise known as Sulu from the film and television series ‘Star Trek’. His presence had prompted the arrival of many ‘Trekkies’ from all over the country - and their sometimes “colourful” costumes should lend an unusual touch to the Games.

BEARSDEN lady Mary Livingstone said the two Kennedy Construction employees who came to her rescue when her car burst a tyre near Killermont Bridge in Bearsden were her “knights in shining armour.” Tony Cookson, site agent, and fitter Pat Sheanan, who were both working on the sewer construction along a stretch of Maryhill Road, went to Mary’s rescue and changed her wheel on the spot. Not only did they put on the spare wheel for Mary but Pat took her address, took the punctured tyre to have it mended, and returned it to her that evening when he had finished work.

10 YEARS AGO - June 14, 2002

PETRIFIED Peter Leech called the police when he found a snake in his home. The Kessington resident went into his bathroom and saw a red and black ringed slimy mass slither behind the wash basin stand. He told the Herald: “I froze as I realised I had seen a snake. I hurriedly shut the door again and since it was only just after 8am I knew I wouldn’t get anyone at a vet’s so I called the police.” They couldn’t find it and Peter was concerned that it might appear out of the toilet pan, he said: “I didn’t want to go to bed with it possibly on the loose in the house.” His prayers were answered when the snake re-appeared in the bathroom at 5pm and they captured it until the SSPCA came to take it away.

EAST Dunbartonshire Council did not approve plans by Cala Homes for the development of Canniesburn Hospital site grounds as housing. Following a public meeting the previous week when the proposal - solely for housing - was debated it came to light that the council had received 17 different offers to develop the site.