A look back through the files of the Cumbernauld News.

This week in 1997

TAXPAYERS should be given their say before Cumbernauld House is sold off -that was the view of a pressure group who wanted to keep the historic building in community use. Cumbernauld House and Park Action Group called on North Lanarkshire Council to delay its controversial sell-off, after it emerged that private companies were interested in the sale. Councillor Tom Johnston said: “Is it beyond the wit of NLC to keep this building in community ownership?’’

This week in 1987

A NEW theatre company was set up in Cumbernauld by a group of teenagers. Calling themselves Hogwash, the group had penned, directed and staged a show called Pizzas and Pension Books which would be performed at Cumbernauld Theatre within weeks.Stage manager Tracy Carruthers (17) said: “We put a lot of spare time and a little talent to some constructive use during the summer holidays.’’ All were inspired to do their own thing after becoming involved with Cumbernauld Youth Theatre.

This week in 1977

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SPAIN was proving to be top of the holiday league, especially as the Peseta had been devalued, making the pound go further. Town centre travel agent Peter Edwards of Scotia Travel said: “Benidorm is the most popular resort, followed by the Costa Brava and Majorca.’’ The Italian resort of Lido De Jesolo was another highly popular choice with locals. Meanwhile pupils from Cumbernauld and Our Lady’s High Schools were heading off to Cumbernauld’s twin town of Bron for an exchange.

This week in 1972

FINAL sketches were drafted for Abronhill’s new health centre. The fast growing satellite of Cumbernauld had just two doctors but a larger scale operation was urgently needed. Meanwhile plans were afoot to create a new centrally located surgery in Cumbernauld at a cost of £250,000, as well as a £30,000 facelift for Phase 1 of Cumbernauld Centre.