Old and the new

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A POPULAR Kilsyth author is giving anyone who loves a bit of nostalgia a treat with the release of his latest books.

William Chalmers, of Howe Road, has released the 13th and 14th editions of Times Past, which depicts aspects of visual local history over the years.

The 75-year-old started writing books around 30 years ago and continues to produce Times Past which gives a real insight into the way the town was.

The pictures are from William’s own collection and transport readers into a time that really was a lifetime ago.

William said: “The books are ideal for anyone interested in the past. There is also wee snippets of information and it could help someone researching their family tree.

“I also hope the narrative might even inspire people to look into their family history.”

William is hoping to release book 15 of the series in due course, and he gave us an insight into what we can expect.

He said: “Book fifteen Times Past should be on sale in a few weeks, this is a visual story of the old Co-op in Kilsyth and villages, and the important part played in the day to day life of the town and villages in particular 1940 and during the war years.

“There are pictures showing a Co-op carter with his horse, Doodles and one of Kilsyth’s local heroes, Bill, with dance partner Bobbie Irvine. Bill was a miner’s son who become world ballroom champion 13 times.

“I must declare that Bill Irvine is one of my heroes and an example to the youth of today, that hard work and honest endeavour is the path way to individual aspiration and the gift of exultance that we all share.”

Times Past books one to 14 are on sale at David Cants in Kilsyth Main Street priced £6.50.

To see some of the pictures featured in the book, see this week’s Cumbernauld News or Kilsyth Chronicle dated Wednesday, October 10.

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