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100 YEARS AGO - June 7, 1912

A SOCIALIST lecture was held for the public at Bridge Place under the auspices of the Milngavie branch of the Independent Labour party. There was a good attendance for the speech by Mr George Reeves from Paisley when he spoke on the topic ‘Politics for the Workers’ and there was a discussion afterwards.

CHILDREN and teachers from Cairns United Free Sabbath School went on their annual picnic to Laighpark Farm, Killearn. On the day of the trip the dry weather changed and the hills were covered with a mist and a gentle rain was falling. Everyone who was interested in the prospective picnic kept asking companions and friends the question “will it dry up?” As the day advanced the weather brightened and on their journey the conditions became very promising. When they arrived they were welcomed by the advance gurad of teachers who provided refreshments - an abundance of milk for the children and a “well brewed” cup of tea for the adults with bread, buns and cakes.

75 YEARS AGO - June 5, 1937

THREE Glasgow boys appeared before Provost Hunter at Milngavie Juvenile Court on a charge of maliciously climbing on top of the railway carriages standing at Burnbrae Siding. They admitted opening the coverings of the gas lamps, letting down eight windows of compartments which had locked doors and leaving them exposed to the elements and creating some damage - a covering on a gas lamp was broken. The railway company insisted that this practice should be stopped and the only way to do it was to make the punishment exemplary. One of the parents, who accompanied the boys, asked that they be given a chance, and if they did it again they might be sent to a home. The Provost was unwilling to give such young boys a conviction recorded against them and deferred sentence and he would hear how they behaved in the interval.

JAMES MALLON (40), a labourer, was charged with erecting a tent in a field about 50 yards south of the Stoney Bridge in Cloberfield Estate in Milngavie without permission or authority from the owner. The accused said he would plead guilty to erecting a tent but he was ignorant that he was doing any offence. There was nothing in the park to indicate that there was anything against the public using it. The prosecutor said he had erected the tent on a private field and it was his duty to ask the owner of the field for permission, they continued “there seems to be a very prevalent idea on the part of visitors from Glasgow that they could come out to Milngavie and do anything they liked.” The accused replied that there was nothing to indicate it was private property, no gate or fence. The Provost replied that it has been well publicised in newspapers that no one can erect a tent without permission of the owner of the ground and fined him five shilings with seven days to pay or five days in prison.

50 YEARS AGO - June 8, 1962

THIS was a special souvenir edition of the paper with lots of pictures to celebrate Princess Margaret’s recent visit to Bearsden with her husband Earl Snowdon. In presenting the supplement to the readers the Herald staff and management hoped that, in their small way, they were contributing to the importance of the occasion. The article said: “Bearsden, Scotland’s youngest Burgh, is now rivalling its near neighbour Clydebank for the title of ‘Scotland’s risingest Burgh.’ As the burgh grows, so does the local paper, and more and more residents are making the Herald a weekly habit.”

COUNCILLOR Sydney Bleasdale, a member for Ward 5 (the northern section of the Bearsden Burgh) on Bearsden Town Council resigned. A founder member of the council, Mr Bleasdale, who lived on Beech Avenue, Bearsden, handed in his resignation to take up a business appointment in the south. Provost J Ogilvie Lennox said that as he had been a founder member of the council and had given yeoman service and his loss was a very severe one. The council now had a choice of filling the vacancy for ward 5 either by co-option or election.

25 YEARS AGO - June 5, 1987

RESIDENTS in Baljaffray were furious about a planning application to build more houses at the junction of Grampian Way and Stockiemuir Road. They flooded the council’s planning department with objections against the outline plans by Thorn Developments Ltd to build an unspecified number of houses. Thomas Taylor, president of Baljaffray Residents’ Association, said that over 100 local people didn’t want the houses to be built for four reasons - loss of amenity, obstruction of open outlook, destruction of mature, established poplar trees and increased traffic on Grampian Way.

JOHN LAWRENCE submitted outline planning permission for a residential development on land owned by the company in Galbraith Drive. The ground, which lies between Bearsden and Milngavie, is just under three acres and the proposal is for a row of housing along the south side of Galbraith Drive. The land is currently designated Green Belt and the proposals were therefore contrary to local policy however the agent made the application on the basis thatthe site is alongside existing roads and housing.

10 YEARS AGO - June 7, 2002

AN eminent surgeon from Tannoch Loch in Milngavie played a key role in the Jubilee celebrations in London. He carried the Jubilee torch along The Mall on the final leg of the relay, before it was handed to the Queen to trigger a spectacular fireworks display at Buckingham Palace. In a cruel twist of fate, Mike, an oncologist specialising in oesophagael cancer at Glasgow Royal Informary, discovered recently that he had the disease.

A DESPAIRING dad claimed that his family had become prisoners in their own home in Bearsden because of drink-fuelled teenagers. The 49-year-old father of three said that a gang of six youths were using a lane between Kinglass Road and Forth Road as a drinking den. He claimed the situation had got so bad that he was too scared to go on holiday or to leave his house unoccupied. The father also said the teenagers had become so brazen that they got takeaway food delivered to the lane.