A look through the files of the Cumbernauld News

This week in 1997

LET’s get tough on the alfresco boozers - that was the message from Scottish Office bosses who gave the go-ahead for tougher measures against them. New byelaws were set to come into play within days and areas like Palacerigg Country Park and Dullatur. The new measures had come into play after extensive consultation with police, community councils and the local authority.

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This week in 1987

SHOPPERS breathed a sigh of relief after a rumour that a local supermarket would pull out the town. The suggestion that Presto’s days were numbered were seemingly given extra credibility by news that What Every Woman Wants would move into the premises. However store boss George Duncan said dismissed this and said: “It’s absolute nonsense.’’

This week in 1977

A CUMBERNAULD teenager became the pride and joy of Cumbernauld Chess Club when he managed to share first place in an elite contest which attracted 70 contestants from across Scotland. Billy Gray (19) grasped the laurels along with Graham Morrison, Scotland’s representative in the World Junior Chess Championships. The event took place in Castlemilk. Billy had joined his local club at age 14 and quickly stood out, beating much older players. A club spokesman said: “Billy’s rise in the chess world has been achieved by hard work and a natural inclination for the game.’’

This week in 1972

AN ABRONHILL-BASED lecturer who launched a campaign for better rail facilities has been given full backing by Cumbernauld Town Council. It had decided to endorse the views of Kenneth Sutherland who taught at Anniesland College and who had made a study of how train links between Cumbernauld and Springburn had deteriorated. Mr Sutherland of Elm Drive argued that overcrowding and poor timekeeping were the factors behind the the decline.