Down Memory Lane

Down memory lane
Down memory lane

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Down memory lane

Down memory lane

100 YEARS AGO - August 23, 1912

MR James Breckenridge announced that he intended to re-open the Picture Palace for the coming winter on Saturday, August 31 (the trades holiday). He planned to have the hall satisfactorily blinded in order to show as good a picture in the first house as in the second - with the same programme to be exhibited at both houses. The Burgh Hall was going to be engaged for two nights weekly - as usual - Saturday and Monday - and a range of educational films, particularly interesting for children - would occasionally be on view.

WILLING at all times to give a helping hand, Mrs Ripley Ker organised a very successful sale of work at her residence at Dougalston in aid of the forthcoming Parish Church bazaar. The weather, which during the forenoon had been most inclement, cleared up a little after three o’clock, though some showers subsequently fell. Despite these deterrents there was a large turnout of ladies and gentlemen, and good business was done, with £40 raised. Bailie Chesters and Mr W L Battison figured prominently in a competition of skill.

75 YEARS AGO - August 21, 1937

A DARING daylight robbery was frustrated by the prompt action of Mr Morris, Hinderland Road, who observed two men trying to force a window of a house below him which he knew was unoccupied. Failing in this, they went to the adjoining house and tried again. Mr Morris became suspicious and accosted them. The two men threatened violence if he interfered. Seeking assistance, he went to Mr Shorrocks and phoned for the police, however, the men escaped before they arrived.

IN common with some other districts in the west of Scotland, Milngavie experienced a sharp storm of thunder and lightning last Friday. Although rain fell in torrents at intervals no serious flooding took place, and the lightning passed over without doing any damage. The weather continued to be a bit broken after the storm and holidaymakers had to be content with waterproofs rather than bathing suits.

50 YEARS AGO - August 22, 1963

TINFOIL which had been thrown on to the overhead train line between Milngavie and Springburn caused a delay for passengers after it caused a failure near Garngad station, Glasgow. The train at 4.41pm, one of the busiest, had to be taken out of commission when it reached Charing Cross station last Wednesday evening - after vandalism on the Blue Train Line. The train had six coaches and was carrying business men and office workers - many had boarded the train at Queen Street bound for Westerton, Bearsden, Hillfoot and Milngavie. It had already been forced to stop before Queen Street station. The services to Airdrie, Helensburgh and Balloch were also disrupted and there were delays of up to 30 minutes on almost every route.

MISS Joan Eardley RSA, the well known artist, passed away. Milngavie was her second home - she often went there to stay with her mother who lived at 13 Braefoot Avenue. Miss Eardley, who was 42, died in Killearn Hospital. Her own home and studio were at Catterline on the Kincardineshire coast. She became well known through her paintings of Glasgow streets and children. Born in England, Miss Eardley came to Glasgow in 1939. She trained at Glasgow School of Art, and through a travelling scholarship awarded by the Academy she went to Italy. Over the past few years she had suffered a great deal from a back injury but she never let this interfere with her absolute absorption in her art.

25 YEARS AGO - August 21, 1987

LOCAL police issued a warning to the elderly, particularly those living alone, after two men, posing as district council officers, called at an elderly lady’s house in the Clober Road area of Milngavie. One of the men engaged the woman in conversation while the other sneaked in to her home and stole some money. The police issued a description of the men and reminded the elderly about personal safety while in their homes. They said it’s wise to fit a chain to the back and front doors and use them when answering the door.

THE fate of Lochside was finally sealed when the council’s planning committee reluctantly agreed to its demolition. They decided there was no viable alternative to the developers’ plans for a new, 15-flat development. A detailed report by chief planning officer Walter Hemfrey was considered by the committee, who were told the choice lay between agreeing to the demolition or placing a preservation order on the building at 45 Drymen Road, Bearsden. A preservation order had never been requested by the committee before and the building was in a considerable state of disrepair with £40,000 needing to be spent on it.

10 YEARS AGO - August 23, 2002

AMBITIOUS plans for the future of education in East Dunbartonshire were unveiled in a hush-hush council meeting. The plans were for a new school to be built to replace Bearsden Academy while Bearsden Primary, Boclair and Douglas Academy would be upgraded, and a Catholic secondary school would be provided for around 500 pupils. East Dunbartonshire Council was criticised by a council insider for trying to keep these proposals under wraps. The council had made a bid to the Scottish Executive for a £150 million share of the pot set aside for Public Private Partnership in education.

JUBILANT residents opposed to the development of Cluny Park in the Killermont area of Bearsden were celebrating after fighting off proposals for the housing. Miller Homes had appealed against East Dunbartonshire Council’s refusal of planning permission for two flatted blocks on the ground between Canniesburn and Rannoch Drive, adjacent to the BP filling station. An opposition group, The Save Cluny Park Campaign, was set up to state the case for refusal of the appeal and 463 people sent letters of objection to the planning department.