From the archives

The Glasgow to Stirling road passed under one arch of the Castlecary viaduct before the A80 dual-carriageway was built. The picture was taken in the  1950s.
The Glasgow to Stirling road passed under one arch of the Castlecary viaduct before the A80 dual-carriageway was built. The picture was taken in the 1950s.

A look through the back files of the Cumbernauld News


A MYSTERY member of the Tartan Army had travelled all the way from Cumbernauld to the Baltic Republics to see Scotland play Estonia - only to see the game abandoned. Supporters had paid a whopping £1000 to cheer Scotland - but the Estonian players failed to arrive at the stadium after the kick-off was put forward. The man turned out to be a 24 year old from Carbrain approached the News but said he didn’t want to be named. “I saw the funny side of it. There were whispers it might not happen. We just went back to the pub.’’

A CUMBERNAULD landmark required cash to secure its future - five months after it was sealed off by police for safety reasons. The belltower at Kildrum Parish Church needed a £4500 repair job amidst fears that the 33 year old monument would collapse onto the main road. Reverend Jim Cochrane said: “The trouble is that it is so exposed with no protection from the elements. The church has enough money to pay for this but it will leave a huge hole in our funds.’’

A CAST and crew of more than 100 took to the stage at the Cumbernauld Theatre for community play “The Crisp Poke Effect.’’ Penned by Brian Miller, the show’s four night run was the culmination of months of work. Its subject was the environment.


A BITTER expenses row was at the heart of the hotly contested Carbrain East by-election amidst claims that Labour members on the Cumbernauld Development Corporation were earning £200 per day – plus free food and drink The claim was made in a Scottish National Party pamphlet widely distributed by supporters of candidate Andrew Gardener. It stated: “No wonder your rents rocket and your repairs are neglected.’’ Furious Labour election agent Ann Maguire said: “This is scurrilous and untrue- it’s cheap tactics.’’ The Labour candidate was Bridie Dowds.

CUMBERNAULD lad Matthew Ralph won a part in Scottish Opera’s production of Carmen. The 13 year old’s good news was all the sweeter as he had not enjoyed the best of health and had been steadily recovering from open heart surgery. Matthew was one of 20 youngsters picked to join the cast - and would go on tour with the show.

A TURKISH shipping company boosted the fortunes of Blairlinn firm Marshall Orr – after company received a £300,000 order for oil water separaters for 59 vessels. The local business had beaten off competition from American, Japanese and German – and the intial connection had been made at a marine engineering trade fair in Hamburg.


A CUMBERNAULD man who had helped police catch thieves at a local garage was honoured at a reception in Edinburgh Castle. John MacKay (52) of Kilbowie Road spied two men interfering with cars at Watson’s Garage in Carbrain. This led to arrests after the men were found with car keys. A police spokesman said: “There is no doubt that Mr MacKay’s quick action prevented considerable loss to this firm.’’ Meanwhile special constable Peter Brodie from Cumbernauld Village received medals for long service and good conduct at a ceremony in Glasgow.

THREE of Cumbernauld’s young wrestlers won won major trophies at the Bolton Open Championships. Bobby McLucas repeated his success of the previous year and won the major trophy for the 70 kg class. John Bisset won a trophy for best schoolboy wrester and the trophy for best mini-wrestler went to Ian Roles. In football, Gerard Riordan was named as Greenfaulds Amateurs’ Player of the Year.

The Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Solidarity Campaign organised a collection and a photographic exhibition to support victims of the repressive regime which had kicked off after a shocking military coup. Two Chilean families lived locally.


RUBBER-tILED floors in the shopping centre were set to be de-grimed, despite objections from work study officials. Shoppers had complained that the dull appearance of flooring was letting the centre down. However Cumbernauld Development Corporation bosses said that they needed no further attention beyond a quick wipe. A survey of tenants revealed a 92 per cent vote for a professional polish job and the bosses were forced to agree to it.

BETTER bus services were to be introduced in Cumbernauld that would boost links with the town centre and outlying areas like Condorrat and Cumbernauld Village. A working party was given the task of dealing with complaints about public transport – and the main one was that there wasn’t enough of it. Their report stated that fares should be kept low to make this form of transport attractive to passengers.

A MINI-COMPUTER made in Cumbernauld was being exported to Malaysia – as part of the apparatus for a giant share scheme for residents. The machine would record names and issue certificates.