From the archives

MULTICOLOURED DREAMCOAT: Pupils of St Francis of Assisi Primary pictured at their school show in 2004. Picture by Alan Murray (Ref. c6366)
MULTICOLOURED DREAMCOAT: Pupils of St Francis of Assisi Primary pictured at their school show in 2004. Picture by Alan Murray (Ref. c6366)

A look through the files of the Cumbernauld News

This week in 2004

SCHOOL REOPENS: Baird Memorial Primary, burned to the ground some years previously, was officially reopened on its new site in Condorrat’s Avonhead Road. The school was torched by vandals in 2000, and pupils were accommodated in the now defunct Langlands Primary during construction of the new school.

This week in 1989

GREENFAULDS BOOST: Cumbernauld was getting set for the unveiling of its new railway station at Greenfaulds, to be marked by the arrival of a special train marked in Strathclyde Region livery. One of the additions to the service was to be a new all-day service to Glasgow via Springburn, and a new service planned for summer Sundays between July and October, and another service calling at Cumbernauld was to be the overnight London Euston to Inverness train. Cumbernauld Commuters Association “heartily” welcomed these and other new developments.

This week in 1984

SOCK RESULT: Labour romped home in the district elections to take control of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth for the second time running. But the man who led Labour to victory, former Provost Bill Taylor, was sensationally ousted from the Kildrum and Park ward by SNP newcomer Thomas Johnston, a Cumbernauld schoolteacher. Mr Taylor said “I will be back”, and blamed his defeat on the fact that Kildrum and Park voters “didn’t have a real choice”. He said Labour had increased the share of the vote in the ward, adding: “This is a considerable compliment to me as a man, as a councillor and as a provost.”

This week in 1974

WORKERS’ OUTRAGE: Members of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers in Cumbernauld passed a resolution deploring the Labour Government’s decsion to send warships then on order to the Fascist regime in Chile. The local members called for the order’s cancellation, and said: “We consider the Government’s action a complete betrayal of our brothers and sisters who are being brutally tortured and massacred daily under a barbaric system reminiscent of Hitler’s Germany”.