From the archives

A look through the back files of the Cumbernauld News

1996

THE Air Training Corps had success mapped out after local teens won the first orienteering trophy up for grabs for. The contest involved an overnight camp out and culminated in the youngsters receiving the Christine Paterson Challenge Trophy. Commanding officer Susan Waller said: “It will take pride of place in our cabinet.”

CUMBERNAULD’S jobless figure reached a record low after it emerged that only 6.45 per cent of the population was unemployed. The detailed 54 page document said: “We have provided employment at a rate consistently higher than the surrounding communities.’’ It also transpired that 400 new homes had been built and more than £18 million had been invested in the town’s infrastructure and £9.6 million spent in housing projects.

Top Scottish theatre director Gerry Mulgrew was coming back to Cumbernauld Theatre to stage the premiere of his latest production Portrait of a Woman. Gerry had grown up in Kildrum and had directed the play for Communicado, the group he had helped to fund in 1983. He said: “I started out as an amateur actor at the old Cottage Theatre and that’s what sparked my interest. If it wasn’t for this place I wouldn’t be where I am today.’’

1986

A CONCERT which aimed to highlight local opposition to Apartheid would be held in the Labour Party’s Touchwood House. Organiser Alan McNiven was trying to squeeze extra acts into an already packed line-up. Alan said: “It’s getting bigger and bigger all the time. Hopefully it will all go to plan.’’

FERGIE’s nuptials to Prince Andrew brought a touch of fun to Seafar after a street party was hosted in Fleming Road. Helpers were dividing their attention between the television and the home baking as the marriage got underway. After the couple were well and truly spliced, chairs and tables were pulled outside. A lavish celebration cake bearing the names of the bride and groom was enjoyed by all as a carnival atmosphere was all go!

CUMBERNAULD to the Costa Brava - that was the luxury 10 day coach trip that was being offered to locals for the knock down price of £136 for adults and £96 for children.Holidaymakers would stay in the resort of Blanes during the October school holidays. The trip was being run in conjunction with AT Mays in Cumbernauld Centre.

SCOTLAND’s top cyclists were converging on Cumbernauld for a race around the town.

1976

A FAMILY who had made their home in Cumbernauld were preparing to welcome their television star son back into the fold. Tommy Wylie (18) had become famous overnight after being featured in a programme about runaways in London called Johnny Come Home. Tommy announced however that he would visit Cumbernauld to see his mum and dad who had recently moved from Castlmilk. Dad Alexander Wylie said: “Sometimes I wonder if Tommy would have run away if we had come to Cumbernauld earlier.’’ Happily Tommy had managed to get an office job in London.

A CUT-PRICE meat shop was planned by a Cumbernauld farmer whose aim was to beat the butchers. Archibald Watt of Tannoch Farm applied for a license to turn a byre into a business. He had taken a course in cutting meat and preparing it for sale - then applied for planning permission to have the byre converted. “I won’t be selling meat to wholesalers, just private individuals and anyone from Cumbernauld can come up and buy it,” he said.

FORMER Cumbernauld High School teacher Beryl Titensor designed the new coat of arms for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council.

1971

A FOOTBALL bonanza was on its way for youngsters after Cumbernauld United announced that it would be staging five-a-side football tournaments in Greenfaulds Sports Centre in the coming months - to foster Cumbernauld community spirit.

A DEFUNCT tunnel leading to nowhere under Cumbernauld Centre was branded an eyesore after it became a magnet for litter. It had initially been desined to carry traffic from the southern to the northern part of the centre, having being built as the same time as Phase One, Nor were there any plans to fill it in. A spokesperson for the Cumbernauld Development Corporation said: “It was cheaper to build the tunnel rather than dig up the roadway to construct it now.’’

KILDRUM lad Peter Causer was travelling to the land of the rising sun after being picked as a representative for local scouts at an international jamboree. The 17 year old from Park Way would be joining 20,000 Scouts from 100 countries on the 800 acre site of the Asagiri Heights on the western foot of Mount Fuji. Peter said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to go.” Meanwhile a party of 31 pupils from Our Lady’s High School set off on a far-reaching school trip to France, Spain and Belgium.