Down Memory Lane

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100 YEARS AGO - August 2 1912

A NOISY labourer was charged with a breach of the peace on a public road. Patrick Butler committed the offence on Balmore Road and told the court he was “guilty to a certain extent.” In reply, the prosecution said that there could only be one extent, either guilty or not guilty. Butler also said he had been teetotal for quite a while but decided to take a dram on the day in question and that he did not remember what he said. The court heard the breach of the peace was the result of the landlord trying to get back rent off the accused.

Some things don’t change in the west of Scotland and the weather is one of them. A hundred years ago it was reported that people from Milngavie who had extended their holiday after the Glasgow Fair break were not “blessed with the best of weather. Heavy showers of rain and blustery winds detracted from the enjoyment of Milngavie peoples’ holiday.” The report went on to say: “many of the holidaymakers have now returned home and there is a real bustle about the town centre with many of the houses now fully occupied again.”

75 YEARS AGO - July 31 1937

THERE were plans to extend the Glasgow boundary into parts of Dunbartonshire on the grounds that Glasgow needed more space for houses. In a report before Glasgow Corporation, the problem was described as unique in Britain and called for the annexation of large areas not just to the north west of the city but also into Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.

CYCLIST William Buick was injured on Roman Road, Bearsden. The man from Renfrew received head injuries and was taken to the Western Infirmary for treatment after he collided with a bus going in the opposite direction. The injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

DUNBARTONSHIRE was ranked ninth out of 31 administrative counties in Scotland for its control of tuberculosis. There was a total of 46 deaths per 100,000 people in the area. In 1936 it stood at twelfth with 66 per 100,000.

50 YEARS AGO - Aug 4 1963

A NEW Roman Catholic teachers’ training college is to be built in Bearsden following the intervention of the secretary of State for Scotland. Bearsden Town Council objected to the project on Stockiemuir Road at the junction with Duntocher Road but was over-ruled. At a public enquiry in November 1961 the county council and town council, along with some local residents, objected on the grounds that the buildings as planned would break the skyline and be too conspicuous.

BEARSDEN Town Council debated whether the area was being ‘toffee-nosed’ after a sign approved by the Parks Committee read ‘Please Keep Off The Verge’ rather than the more commonly used please keep off the grass. The town clerk explained that the wording had been chosen because the sign was to be used at a border and not only on grass. One councillor suggested the sign could just read Please Keep Off. The Council decided to send the matter back to the Parks Committee for further consideration.

25 YEARS AGO - July 31 1987

TRAVELLING people who were occupying Milngavie’s Gavin’s Mill carpark have moved on. Efforts by councillor Joan Cameron and Des McGarry appear to have paid off with no sign of the group in the area which is owned by Strathclyde Regional Council. Councillor Cameron had said at a full District Council meeting that she had been horrified at the degraded position of the site with old carpets, glass and car tyres littering it. Since the travellers left the council had cleaned up the area. Chief inspector of police for the district Cliff Barrowman said he suspected the group had moved on because of the seasonal nature of their work.

THE Queen’s View, just outside Milngavie, was the site of a major clean-up launched by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Their campaign, called Munro Clean, aims to remove debris for Scotland’s mountains over 3000ft and although Queen’s View is nowhere near that height, it is possible to see seven Munros from the top of it. Well known broadcaster and climber Tom Weir was the guest speaker at the launch of the campaign in which he cut a cake using a walking axe.

10 YEARS AGO - August 2 2002

A FAMILY were forced to flee their home on the outskirts of Milngavie following serious flooding in the district. Mark and Julie Hand had to rush valuable electrical items upstairs in their house on Balmore Road following the downpour. The couple who have a four month old son, had to spend a couple of days with friends in Glasgow as firefighters battled for nearly 12 hours to stop other houses in the tiny street near Colbeg farm from also being flooded.

A 16-year-old boy was beaten with a brick following a gang clash in Milngavie involving 40 youths. The teenagers from Milngavie and Partick squared up in the town’s precinct before attacking each other, according to a witnesses. The 16 year old was taken to the Western Infirmary but released after observations and has refused to press charges. Police believe the fight was pre-arranged and could have been much worse if they had not been informed by BT Police that 28 youths had been thrown off a train at Milngavie.