A look through the files of the Kilsyth Chronicle
This week in 2003
TRAFFIC CALMING: Villagers in Croy were calling for enhanced traffic calming on Constarry Road. The road had a history of pedestrian fatalities, the most recent in the early 1990s, and four chicanes had been installed to limit vehicle speed through the village.
This week in 1993
POWER GAME: A deadly game was believed to be the cause of an explosion at an electricity sub-station in Kilsyth’s Manse Road. Power authorities issued a warning about the dangers of playing near high-power electricity after a huge blue flash lit up the night sky over the town and lighting and TV sets in hundreds of households flickered and faded. “I thought war had been declared,” said one resident. “The sky was lit up with a huge flash. Then we heard the police sirens and cars racing up the road.”
This week in 1953
NEW COMMANDER: Local territorial army unit the 7th Battalion of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders welcomed a new commander in Lieutenant Colonel A. Irvine Robertson. A solicitor in Denny, he was also town clerk and joint manager of the Commercial Bank of Scotland Ltd and a backer of numerous business venture, especially in bricklaying. A specialist in heavy artillery, Robertson was promoted to Captain as war started in 1939 and went to France in 1940 as Mortar Officer. He was one of the few in his unit who evaded capture in a disastrous campaign in which he was wounded and received the Military Cross. After recovering he returned to action as a Company Commander, serving in the Middle East, North Africa and Sicily.
This week in 1923
POPULATION GROWTH: Eighteen births and one death were recorded in Kilsyth during September, showing an increase in birth rates and decrease in deaths. In his report to the Town Council the Medical Officer remarked that despite defects with the cleansing of the town Kilsyth compared very well in terms of public health.