From the archives

A look through the files of the Kilsyth Chronicle

GOODBYE SIR: Youngsters of Kilsyth Primary School say farewell to their headteacher Mr Gordon McDonald (right) who retired in 2004.

This week in 2004

CASH FLOW WOE: A long-established Kilsyth firm called in the receivers and shed 27 of its 91 jobs. Wilson & Garden Ltd who made blackboards in Newton Street had been in financial difficulties amidst stiff competition from other firms. Councillor Francis Griffin whose ward included the factory said: “They are well established and well-respected employers in Kilsyth and I would like to see them continue.’’

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This week in 1964

VILLAGE’S VICTORY: Lads from Croy triumphed in in the Coal Board’s Central West Area ambulance contest. Gartshore 3-12 colliery won both the senior and junior awards, thus qualifying to take part in the national finals. Elsewhere in Croy, there was talk that Holy Cross Primary School should be extended as its existing accommodation was too small to cater to the growing number of pupils.

This week in 1954

HELP NEEDED! : Members of Kilsyth Old Parish Church had a year to prepare for their 150th anniversary but were already planning the event. The problem was however that no-one knew the exact date that the church opened and readers were asked if they might have the relevant documentation which could help them discover the landmark date.

This week in 1924

FRESH START: Kilsyth’s very own was offering to arrange passports and book tickets for overseas crossings. James Gibson of The Studio in Kingston Road was selling passports and baggage insurance. Locals were told that the business had all the rates for the main liners. Many locals were opting to emigrate to North America but some were venturing even further by seeking out a new life in the ‘lucky country’ of Australia.