Down Memory Lane

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100 YEARS AGO - August 9, 1912

A HORSE injured its hind leg while pulling a two-horse lorry belonging to Mr Orr Comrie, aerated water manufacturer, Garscube Road, Glasgow, down Strathblane Road. A vet, Mr William Campbell, was promptly there after he was called and after bandaging the limb the animal went home behind the lorry. The vehicle attracted considerable attention as it passed along Station Road, as it had one horse in front and one behind.

A YOUNG man of respectable appearance, from Anniesland, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on a charge of stealing a motor cycle valued at £62 18 shillings from Killermont Golf Course in Bearsden. The story of his capture was interesting, he was arrested by Sergeant Grant from Bearsden, and it appears that he visited the golf course for about ten days previous to carrying out the theft. On one occasion he was asked if he was a member of the club and he said no however as he was of respectable appearance no suspicions were aroused. He was seen taking the bike in broad daylight by some maids at the clubhouse but they didn’t realise that it didn’t belong to him and he got away.

75 YEARS AGO - August 7, 1937

TWO youths from Glasgow pleaded guilty when they appeared before police Judge Breadie at Milngavie police court on a charge of riding a bike which was not constructed to carry more than one person. The Magistrate said they must understand they were breaking the law by doing this sort of thing, and they must consider other people as well as themselves. He said: “The roads are far too busy nowadays for two to ride on a bicycle for one only.” He dismissed them with an admonition.

FOURTEEN members of Milngavie and District Pigeon Flying Club sent 154 birds in a race from Dumfries and the results were as follows - J Gilmour, 1083, A, RP; J Mitchell, 1079; D Mitchell, 1034, BC; J Wilson, 1001; Dougall Bros, 981, BC; R.H. Carlaw, 980.

REV J Stuart Hall commenced a short series of special addresses at St Luke’s Church in Milngavie on Sunday, under the title “More Portraits from the Parables.” His first subject will be “The Portrait of Average Man.”

50 YEARS AGO - August 8, 1963

HUNDREDS of Milngavie and Bearsden people travelling to work in Glasgow were almost an hour late for work on Wednesday morning when a water main burst in Maryhill Road, near the Bearsden burgh boundary.

Buses and cars travelling through Maryhill had to be diverted at Canniesburn over the Switchback along Great Western Road and up Queen Margaret Drive, coming back on to Maryhill Road at Bilsland Drive. Traffic was back to normal after the heaviest morning rush was over. Maryhill Road was turned into a river as water gushed down it almost to Killermont Bridge.

FIFTEEN-year-old Henry Lapping had the fright of his life when he saw a driverless motor bike careering towards him on Stockiemuir Road, Milngavie and he was hit by it. The accident happened just beyond the Milngavie burgh boundary when the motor cyclist, David Smith Kingsman, a plumber from Springburn, fell off his bike as he took a bad corner. However it continued ahead, completely out of control, and hit Henry Lapping from Drumchapel. They were both taken to Glasgow Western Infirmary - Lapping sustained injuries to the left side of his body but was later allowed home while Kingsman was detained suffering from severe shock.

25 YEARS AGO - August 7, 1987

THE long and often acrimonious struggle by the Bearsden Station Action Committee against the restaurant and bar at Bearsden Station ended. The committee decided not to take their objections to the Sheriff Court following a decision by the local Licensing Board to grant a public house licence to the developer, Whitbread plc. A spokesman for the committee said: “We have decided not to proceed to the Sheriff Court because the cost was beginning to get too high for some people.”

PHILLIPS, the internationally renowned auctioneers and valuers of fine arts, held a successful antiques roadshow in Drymen Library. It was run in conjunction with the Stirling Festival which organised more than 80 such events in district libraries. As in all antiques roadshows, professional art dealers, specialists in their own particular field - china, pottery, silver, jewellery or paintings - offered local residents expert advice on family antiques.

10 YEARS AGO - August 9, 2002

THERE were fears that the filtration system proposed for Scottish Water’s planned £100 million treatment works would not protect the public from parasites such as the potentially fatal cryptosporidium. The bombshell was dropped in a damning report which described the new system as “the least robust” for ensuring removal of the killer bug. The findings were contained in a report which was commissioned from engineering group ARUP by East Dunbartonshire Council to help it assess the planning application.

SWIMMER, Alison Sheppard from Milngavie, won a gold medal for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. She said at the opening of the Games that she wanted to bring home “a medal of any colour” and she did - she won two medals, a bronze in her butterfly event and gold for freestyle. After powering ahead of her opponents she took the lead by a convincing half second - to a standing ovation from the Scots in the Manchester stadium.