A look through the files of the Cumbernauld News
This week in 2004
TOP STUDENT: Double first class honours degree student James Ferguson won the Robertson Medal by being named top application for a scholarship from Carnegie Bursaries for Scotland. With every faculty in every university in Scotland nominating a student for the award, this was a prestigious moment for 22-year-old from Kildrum, who was studying physical science at the University of Glasgow. He planned to remain at university and gain a Ph.D. in non-linear wave patterns.
This week in 1989
CRISIS AVERTED: A major flood in Abronhill was prevented thanks to recent alterations to Cumbernauld’s main water line. Following serious floods in the Medlar Road area in 1987 which were caused by a burst main, a special burst control valve was installed to cut off water at the source in the event of a flood. When the main burst again the valve worked and although water supplies were disrupted for up to 24 hours - to the annoyance of farmers especially - but no homes were flooded.
This week in 1984
CONTROVERSIAL SHOW: Cumbernauld Youth Theatre had a difficult situation to deal with regarding their next production. Spring Awakening had always been the subject of controversy with a history of banned performances and other censorship, but Theatre Trust member Donald Masterton insisted that allegations of lewdness were unfounded. Director Nigel Warrington, who called the play “a classic”, added that the scenes were “immensely sensitive and well written”.
This week in 1974
WOMBLE MANIA: Woolco staff and customers welcomed Orinioco, one of Wimbledon Common’s famous Wombles to Cumbernauld. The star was photographed being kissed by staff Pat Sharkey and Pauline Smith. Shop assistants also threw Womble stickers into the screaming crowds and goods were knocked flying from shelves as overexcited children struggled – with some trampled or crushed against shop counters – to get closer to Orinoco, who was in town to promote the album “Remember You’re A Womble”.