Down Memory Lane

Discover the stories that made the Gazette headlines, all those years ago.

STRONG SIDE: Our appeal last week for pictures from the heyday of the Carluke brickworks, in the wake of the announcement that Caradale was closing, brought an immediate response from readers. This photo shows the works football team around 1987, with players: L-R (back row) Matt Colquhoun, Hector Pithy, Ronnie Arnott, Stephen Clark, Calum Thompson, Stan Arnott, and Joe Arnott; (front) Kenneth Clark, Frankie Fernie, Joe Kettles, Gus Kruikshanks, Raymond Finigan and Alan Thom. As reported in last week’s Gazette, 20 Caradale staff are dealing with the nightmare of being made redundant after hearing that the 60-year-old business, based in Wilton Road, Carluke, was going into liquidation. The news of Caradale’s imminent closure was revealed to stunned staff members on October 14.


n The Hallowe’en party of Kilncadzow WRI was held in Carluke Community centre. It was a great success.

n Bingo was officially banned in council community centres and premises controlled by the county education committee, as bingo was played on Sunday evenings.

n Stonebyres Susan, a terrier exhibited by Mr J Grierson, won best-in-show award for the Mitchell Challenge Cup at Carluke District Canine Society members show.

n Damage to the public toilets in Whitelees Road in Lanark was costing the Royal Burgh money, according to Provost Janette Thom.

n Carluke teacher Mr James S Russell was made headmaster of Overtown Primary School.

n A slaughterman appeared at Lanark Sheriff Court charged with being drunk and wreckless driving and assaulting a policeman. He was remanded in custody after pleading guilty.

n The King of Sweden, who had been the Colonel-in-Chief of the Cameronians since 1956, accepted an invitation to dine with serving and former officers at a gala dinner.


n At the Burgh Court a Lanark labourer pled guilty to having been drunk and incapable in the High Street. He was fined 10s.

n Mr William Ewen, of the Lanark School of Aviation, flew from Lanark to Gorgie (32 miles in 35 minutes) on a monoplane fitted with a 28 horsepower engine.

n At Lanark Sheriff Court a Carluke miner pled guilty to a charge of breach of the peace and malicious mischief the previous day. He was fined 20s.

n In Carstairs a course of lectures was being organised by Mrs Russell in the schoolroom. The first session focused on elocution and a music recital.

n Carluke Cycling Club held its annual social and dance in the Templar Hall. Mr James Johnstone presided.

n The Liberals of New Lanark were set to hold a dance on November 24. It was expected that current MP Sir Walter Menzies and other well-known speakers would be attending.

n Carluke Milton Rovers were defeated 2-1 by Bellshill Athletic in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup.