FROM THE ARCHIVES

KEEPING COOL IN THE CENTRE: Crolla's ice cream parlour in Cumbernauld Town Centre is pictured in the mid-1990s.
KEEPING COOL IN THE CENTRE: Crolla's ice cream parlour in Cumbernauld Town Centre is pictured in the mid-1990s.

A look through the News files

This week in 1997

REVELLERS would converge on Cumbernauld Village for Cumbernauld Carnival - which was boasting a brand new format. The idea of having a single carnival queen was ditched and no fewer than five young ladies would form a royal party. They were Laura Calgie,Jennifer Reid, Julie Pollachi, Sorrell Jolly and Angela Heraty. Each would represent a continent. There would be a pet competition, a dancing display and the fun would be rounded off in the evening via a function at Cumbernauld Theatre.

This week in 1987

A SUCCESSFUL court appeal meant that a four year old boy from Westfield would be allowed to start school. Robert Hutchison from Cairntoul Court had found himself on the wrong end of a clampdown on early admissons by Strathclyde Regional Council. Little Robert had missed the cut off date by five days and his parents took the authority to court - then won. The test cast also meant that another child Liam O’Neil who lived next door to the Hutchisons would also be able to start school. He had missed the entry date by just one day. Both went to St Francis of Assisi Primary.

This week in 1977

A BLAZE at a local secondary sparked a major police investigation - with damage estimated at £20,000. A taxi driver had been passing Cumbernauld High School when he saw the building on fire and raised the alarm. The firebugs had systematically torched different areas of the school, ransacked cupboards, slashed blackboards and destroyed equipment. Workman and staff faced a race against time to open the campus in time for the start of the session. Headteacher James Mearns said: “I’m absolutely sickened. It is a wonder the school was not destroyed.’’

This week in 1972

CUMBERNAULD’S biggest employer was quids in after netting a giant contract to kit out tellers at Bank of Canada with computers. Burroughs would produced 100 of the TC 700 terminals for employees in Vancouver and Victoria to hook up to their main network within British Columbia. The computers at HQ had also been made by Burroughs. Passbooks and other financial documents could be inserted directly into the machines new machines and be updated within three seconds.