A look through the files of the Kilsyth Chronicle
This week in 2004
FACELIFT SCHEME: North Lanarkshire Council outlined a scheme that involved enhancing the townscape of Kilsyth. A consultation exercise was to be staged in which community organsiations, councillors and businesses would have the chance to hear more details. One main element was to be the creation of Kelvin Valley Park, with a network of visitor attractionsc and outdoor amenitiesw linked by footpaths and cycle routes.
This week in 1964
HOTEL ROW: Kilsyth resident John McLaren Mercer gained a licence for a two-bedroom hotel at the historic Field of Bannockburn, despite police claims that this would make the historic site “over-licensed”. Superintendent Hector Wilson said visitors would not be impressed, and would feel it was designed to exploit them rather than enhance their enjoyment of Scottish history. He also argued - unsuccessfully - that a seven day licence would see locals flocking to the area who would have “no interest in the development whatever”.
This week in 1954
CHAMPION GUEST: Local folks had spotted a “madman” running around the Carronbridge Road area, apparently fighting phantoms. This “fistic merchant” turned out to be none other than Roy Ankarah, British Empire featherweight champion, who was training to meet Billy Kelly of Belfast in April. While in hospital for a minor operaion he became friendly with a Kilsyth man, and was a guest at his house in Balmalloch.
This week in 1924
POOR SHOW: Kilsyth Hibernian Amateur Dramatic Club placed Ernest Denny’s three-act comedy. “WAll-of-a-Sudden” Peggy, before their patrons in the St Patrick’s Hall - but the audience was “not large”. However the club came out of their production with a deal of credit, even if they didn’t gain the same enthusiasm from the public as in previous years.