A look through the files of the Kilsyth Chronicle
This week in 2003
MARKET A HIT: Kilsyth’s first farmer’s market was a great boost for the town. Shoppers started queuing up half an hour before the market opened and several suppliers had their stocks cleared out and had to go home for more. The event was organised by Kilsyth Community Council and some of the produce on offer included barn-reared turkeys, farm cheeses, wild venison and game, soaps, eggs, tartans, plates and candles.
This week in 1993
SWIMMING SUCCESS: It was confirmed that Kilsyth would finally get its own swimming pool, almost 75 years after the idea was first proposed. Plans were well underway for the new leisure facility. The saga began in 1919 when a pool was proposed as part of a war memorial institute, but this idea was ultimately scrapped in favour of building a cenotaph. Other plans were kicked around in the intervening decades, but for the past 18 years Kilsythians had needed to travel to Cumbernauld if they wanted a dip. There was still some skepticism however. One person commented that they would only believe the town would get a pool when they got into the water.
This week in 1953
VANDALISM APPEAL: Judge Hughes told the Town Council that he had been asked by the Works Committee to make an appeal to the citizens of Kilsyth on the subject of vandalism. Recently they had to undertake repair work on the sewage disposal plant and needed to bring a man from England to carry this out. He had been working for four days he had gone to the plant in the morning to resume his work, only to find the job had been ruined by vandals. Coming soon after a theft of lead from Colzium and destruction at the Golf Club house, the committee made an earnest and public plea for the people of Kilsyth to help the police end this costly disruption.
This week in 1923
HERO BUS: John Carmichael, a Victoria Cross winner from Glenmavis, started a new business venture. He opened a motor service running from Kilsyth to Coatbridge via Condorrat, Annathill, and Glenboig. Mr Carmichael’s was a sergeant in the 9th Battalion, the North Staffordshire Regiment. His citation reads: “On 8 September 1917 near Hill 60, Zwarteleen, Belgium, when excavating a trench, Sergeant Carmichael saw that a grenade had been unearthed and had started to burn. He immediately rushed to the spot shouting to his men to get clear, put his steel helmet over the grenade and then stood on the helmet. The grenade exploded and blew him out of the trench. He could have thrown the bomb out of the trench but realised that by doing so he would have endangered the lives of the men working on top. He was seriously injured.”