Down Memory Lane

Down memory lane
Down memory lane

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Down memory lane

Down memory lane

100 YEARS AGO - August 30, 1912

THE Picture Palace was due to re-open in the Burgh Hall and readers were assured that a visit there would put them at peace with the world. Films of every description were going to be flashed on the screen during the coming season, including sensational and Wild West dramas, historical, naturalistic, topical and humorous items. The entertainment promised for the opening night was going to be of an exceptionally high standard and varied.

MILNGAVIE Amateur Dramatic Club, for the coming season, was going to take up the study of the intensely interesting musical drama, “Bonnie prince Charlie.” As this is a play which will appeal to all, of great historical interest and rich in Jacobite song, the committee were making a special effort to ensure a successful series of performances, and hoped that enthusiastic vocalists will make a ready response to the appeal for a select chorus. This was a splendid opportunity for local singers to acquire experience.

75 YEARS AGO - August 28, 1937

A NUMBER of local unemployed people were going to take advantage of the holiday camps at Rothesay and South Queensferry, promoted by the Scottish Council for community service of unemployment. For the very modest sum of 15 shillings the men and their families would be taken to whichever camp they’d like to attend, and their train fare was included in the price.

LOCAL newsboys were weighed down during the past week, with their bags carrying more than double the usual number of papers. A Glasgow morning newspaper, in their efforts to further increase their circulation, were sending free copies of their paper through people’s letter boxes. The article says that the newsboys will be glad when Monday comes round and normal conditions prevail.

50 YEARS AGO - August 29, 1963

MILNGAVIE Labour Party was appealing for more members - the membership drive was the main topic discussed at a recent meeting of the local party. The chairman, Mr McLaren, said that although Milngavie belonged to a constituency which had a majority of 3000 Labour supporters, the burgh itself, like Bearsden, was not labour supported, the trend went in the opposite direction. He said: “Nevertheless, we must make the most of the opportunities we have and if supporters are enthusiastic enough, funds can be raised in various ways by selling raffle tickets, dances and sales of work.”

LOCAL police officers swooped on a car which appeared to have been abandoned in Stockiemuir Road, Bearsden, it had a mail bag lying on the back seat and they thought the car might have been connected to the big train robbery. The car was searched and more police were called in, shortly afterwards the car’s owner turned up - a postman. He had been on his way home from work and had given a friend a lift to Clydebank and then he run out of petrol.

25 YEARS AGO - August 28, 1987

OVER 100 protestors gathered on the steps of Milngavie Town hall on Monday night in a bid to boycott a meeting held by the South African Consul General Dr Sandy Shaw. The crowd was joined by representatives from the Church of Scotland and Catholic Churches, St Joseph’s and St Luke’s, both in Milngavie. Local MP’s Tony Worthington and John Maxton with MEP Hugh McMahon added their weight to the demonstration, with an apology for his absence from Sam Galbraith, MP for Bearsden and Strathkelvin. The noisy but well behaved crowd heckled those who chose to attend the meeting in the lesser hall. The demonstration was organised by the Milngavie Labour Party with the Scottish committee against apartheid.

A MIX-UP over the controversial Carbeth leisure complex proposal created strained relations between two local authorities. Bearsden and Milngavie District Council was upset that they only learned of an appeal against the refusal of planning permission through a report in Milngavie and Bearsden Herald. The council said that, as objectors, they should have been notified about the appeal by their neighbouring authority, Stirling District Council. Councillor Eric Gotts, who brought the matter to the attention of planning officials, said that it showed a “slackness on the part of Stirling District.”

10 YEARS AGO - August 30, 2002

EMOTIONS ran high in the council chamber when the controversial planning application for a treatment works at Milngavie reservoir was rejected by East Dunbartonshire Council this week. The case for and against Scottish Water’s proposed £100 million plant was debated amid a glare of television and media attention at the council headquarters in Kirkintilloch. Water authority representatives claimed that in their Katrine Water Project proposal “sustainability” had been a major factor across engineering, operational, financial and environmental aspects and stressed that the project was vital to the wellbeing of the Greater Glasgow population.

THE Oxfam shop in Bearsden was threatened with closure within six months unless it could attract an army of volunteers. The Drymen Road charity shop needed 20 part-time workers to deal with customers and donations or it would have to shut down. The manager, Christine Scott, said: “It would be a tragedy if the shop had to close. Despite its small size it is one of the top contributors to the Oxfam programme. With global climatic changes, be it flood or drought, the work that Oxfam does is now becoming even more important.”