From the archives

A look through the back editions of the Cumbernauld News

Saturday, 29th October 2011, 3:00 pm

1996

AN EYE CATCHING purpose-built glass building that was Cumbernauld’s new town hall was officially opened by Provost Vincent Mathieson. The striking new structure in Bron Way was intended for commercial or private hire as it boasted two large halls for hire. Changing rooms and a huge kitchen area had also been included in the new facility. North Lanarkshire Council also saw the town hall as being a performing arts venue – and stressed that anyone who wished to utilise the hall could now do so.

1986

A BUS company was forced to defend their decision to abolish cut-price fares for school pupils. Kelvin Scottish claimed its new ‘Hop On’ ticket gave youngsters better value for money but parents said it nearly doubled what they had been shelling out initially. The situation had arisen when the firm abolished half-price fares for children before 9am – but the firm would allow the Hop On fare to be used all day and weekends without restrictions. Aggrieved parent Albert Rae from Westfield said: “This is a terrible increase – we are having to pay nearly twice as much to send our son to school.’’

1976

CUMBERNAULD’S longest serving headteacher retired after being at the helm of Our Lady’s High School since its opening in 1968 – Peter Craigen. Two special presentations – one from the lower school and one from the uppper- were made to Mr Craigen and staff arranged their own event for Mr Craigen and his family at the Bellahouston Hotel in Glasgow. He said: “The last eight and a half years have been the high point of my teaching career.’’ Mr Craigen would be replaced by Raymond Healy who taught at St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton.

1971

A COMPUTER painstakingly put together by Cumbernauld workers was being used to help build at 532-mile stretch of the 800 mile Trans Amazon Highway in Brazil! The Burroughs L2000 computer had been taken into this rough and primitiv terrain by the 8th Battalion of the Brazilian Army Engineer Corps – where it was being used to process payments for military and civilian personnel working on the project. The vital item would also help with inventory control -and locals from the town’s biggest workforce had made it all possible!