A look through the files of the Cumbernauld News
Ths week in 2004
RUNNING SUCCESS: An Abronhill man who survived critical injury after he was run over a van not only survived but went on to run the London Marathon in five hours and 42 minutes. Gordon Smith (32), said he felt “sheer relief” as he approached the finishing line. “It was a great experience, especially after building myself up to it for so many years,” he said.
This week in 1989
CONDORRAT PLEDGE: The District Council agreed Condorrat should gain a new hall, provided there were no objections from residents. The scheme was set to cost the Developmjent Corporation £290,000, of which the District Council was expected to contribute £40,000 during the next financial year. However the proposed site in Maree Drive was concerning some local residents, although the Development Corporation decided it was by far the most suitable site and it had also been approved by the community council - which had studied several sites.
This week in 1984
CLIMBER THWARTED: Fundraising climber Joseph Crummy was “grounded” after falling 25 feet during a practice climb in Ayrshire and breaking his ankle. The 18-year-old said he was “sick” that his ambitious plans had been foiled. The Development Corporation had already refused him permission to make a sponsored climb up the Town Centre. Now, with the accident, he was keeping his fingers crossed he would be fully recovered by the time he was due to set out for a climbing expedition at Lyngen in Norway.
This week in 1974
BAD MOVE: Strathclyde Region could be a change for the worse, according to Provost Gordon Murray, who highlighted an increase in domestic rates of 45p, and what he said would be a massive increase in Dunbarton County Council’s educational expenditure. He tabled a motion for the Town Council for officials to “do everything in their power” to fight for different rating or other transitional arrangements to protect ratepayers from facing a combined rate of 130p in the £ when Strathclyde took over in 1975.