A look through the files of the Cumbernauld News
This week in 2004
FRAUD FIREARMS: Police said they were concerned about the number of gun incidents reported, which then turned out to be imitation weapons. The replicas were believed to be on sale locally, and it was not an offence to sell them. However the public were being advised to show caution iwhen buying such an item, amid fears a full scale response could be launched if someone believed an individual was carrying a real gun in public. Six incidents involving fake guns had been reported in recent weeks, mostly around the Cumbernauld Centre but with one incident in Kilsyth.
This week in 1989
AIR SHOW: Billed as the biggest event ever to be staged in Cumbernauld, the Cumbernauld Airshow was in the planning stages for its big day on August 10. Attractions were to include a flight by the RAF’s famous Red Arrows, and a mock dogfight between a vintage Second World War Spitfire and its classic arch rival the Messerschmidt 109.
This week in 1984
HIGH HOPES: Cumbernauld was claimed set to be in the running for a potentially massive employment boost, amid strong rumours that a US corporate player was actively considering the town as a base for its semi-conductors operation. The Development Corporation were refusing to comment until something was definitely agreed upon, but sources claimed the US firm was gearing up to decide between Cumbernauld and a location in Florida. The skills base available in Cumbernauld was reckoned to be in its favour.
This week in 1974
TOWN GROWS: Work officially started on the New Town’s 4,000 acre extension, with Development Corporation chairman Sir Donald Liddle symbolically cutting the first turf of what was to be the two mile long Westfield Road. This road, set to run through Westfield Farm, near Condorrat, was to cost almost £900,000. It would serve an area that would eventually house around 7,000 people, with a park, shops, and two secondary schools – and would also serve a 250-acre industrial site. Sir Donald said the launch was “a very historic occaison for Cumbernauld.”