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100 YEARS AGO - May 31, 1912

THE paper reported with deep regret the sudden death of 72-year-old James Lillie of Sprouston, Milngavie, on Milngavie golf course while he was having a quiet game alone. He was suddenly seized with “apoplexy” while he was at the second hole - which lies low and cannot be seen from the club house - and he died before medical aid could be called for. He had been out fishing previously with one of his sons. Mr Lillie was said to be “a well know gentleman and highly esteemed in the banking profession in Scotland,” he worked as head cashier in the British Linen Bank, Glasgow, for 29 years and he was a member of Milngavie United Free Church and one of its most regular attenders at public worship. He was also a keen sportsman, very fond of music and an ardent lover of nature. He left behind his widow and eight children - five sons and three daughters.

MILNGAVIE Picture Palace was still attracting large numbers despite the fact that the weather outdoors was said to be “more favourable to recreation of a more strenuous nature.” The Herald reported said that Mr Breckenridge had “undoubtedly brought sunshine into many lives during the past few months by providing interesting and highly remarkable films of the latest in cinematography”. His efforts were obviously being appreciated as he was continuing to attract the public. On Saturday June 1 Attacked by a Lion was going to be shown, and the paper commented that “it is a great picture and should be well worth the money”.

75 YEARS AGO - May 29, 1937

A MILNGAVIE lady who made a lucky discovery of a real gold ring set with three diamonds in a tin of peas while she was dishing up dinner to her family wrote to the manufacturers to find out if any employee had lost a ring. She received a nice letter in return from a young lady in Manchester and a postal order from her as a reward because it turned out that it was her engagement ring and it had slipped off her finger when she was putting the peas into the tin.

MISS Margaret Cunnison, 23-year-old daughter of a Glasgow University lecturer, of Montrose Gardens, Milngavie, was appointed as instructress to the Strathspey Aero Club at Perth Aerodrome, Scone. She took up flying four years previously when she won one of the Glasgow Evening News’ aviation scholarships and trained partly at Lympne, where she qualified for her ‘B’ certificate. Miss Cunnison was a member of the Scottish Flying Club and had done 360 hours of solo flying. She had been in charge of many planes, including West of Scotland Airways machines, and engaged in charter work.

50 YEARS AGO - June 1, 1962

ABOUT 200 guests gathered to see HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, officially open the new Burgh Chambers in Bearsden. The Princess, who was accompanied by her husband, Lord Snowdon, wore a cyclamen swagger coat and matching sombrero shaped hat with donkey brown gloves and handbag and gun-metal grey shoes. Crowds cheered as she arrived at the Burgh Chambers shortly after 10.15am where she was met by Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham, Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire. The Royal couple were given a tour of the building by Bearsden’s Provost Ogilvie Lennox who also presented her with a kilt pin for Lord Linley, which was intended for when he was older, and his wife Mrs Ogilvie Lennox presented the Princess with a teddy bear, also for Lord Linley.

THE Young People’s Society of Baldernock Church were going to hold a fete in the grounds of Bardowie Castle. It was to be opened by Mrs Michael Simmons, formerly of Hillpark, Balmore, who was well known locally. The fete was to raise money for the renovation of Baldernock Parish Church and the church hall at Balmore. Members of the Young People’s Society were aged 15 to 20 and one of the event organisers said: “We want to prove to adults that young people of today are not Teddy boys and layabouts. We are every bit as good as adults.”

25 YEARS AGO - May 29, 1987

COUNCILLOR Barbara Waterfield promised to tackle complaints about growing rubbish piles accumulating on the railway line between Bearsden and Hillfoot stations. She said: “Rats are being encouraged and there is a real health hazard from rotting refuse peppered along the line.” The previous week she met Mr Albert Walsh, Scotrail permanent way maintenance manager, on site at Bearsden station to highlight the problem. They walked the length of the line with Eric Grieve, the district council environmental health officer, to show them the extent of the problem between the two stations and Scotrail agreed to clean the line at three monthly intervals.

OVER 150 guests attended a surprise farewell party for Betty Kyle who had worked at the Black Bull Hotel for the past 26 years. Hotel staff, family and a hundred or so regulars at the hotel were there and managed to keep it secret. Hotel manager David Lester said: “I’ve only had the privilege of knowing Betty for a couple of years, but I know that she has been a favourite character among staff for many years.” They collected several hundred pounds for her presentation and bought her a ticket to Lourdes as she’d always talked about visiting there.

10 YEARS AGO - May 31, 2002

MILNGAVIE Police claimed they were winning their battle against youth disorder by getting tough on rowdy teenagers. Inspector Bill Ross, Milngavie’s police boss, said that in the last three weeks officers had no longer been swamped with calls about youth crime. He was delighted at the reduction after introducing a zero tolerance policy to tackle the problem.

BEARSDEN and Milngavie Highland Games committee had a positive response to their plea through the Herald for tree trunks to use as cabers. Thanks to a local response from Treefella there were going to have enough cabers to toss in one of the most popular events in the event’s 30 year history. Ten competitive events were lined up bringing contestants from as far away as the USA.