Take a trip down Memory Lane - January 8

Jobs in America, radio launches, canal cruises and housing storms.
Sledging on a frozen GadlochSledging on a frozen Gadloch
Sledging on a frozen Gadloch

January 8, 1964

An advert in the Herald was offering a new life for any women interested in jetting off to the other side of the Atlantic.

The Manhattan Staff Agency, who had an office in Glasgow’s Waterloo Street, were “urgently” looking for housekeepers.

The advert insisted that the positions offered “outstanding opportunities for those aged 18-55”, with “no experience necessary”.

The agency promised to deal with airfares, visas and medical fees.

“The safe way to go to the USA” was offering immediate positions in Washington, New York and California.

Other trades and professions were also being sought.

January 9, 1974

A Lenzie radio producer was preparing to launch a new Scottish breakfast news programme.

Geoffrey Cameron (32), who had worked for the BBC for 10 years, was set to be one of the “backroom boys” behind ‘Good Morning Scotland’.

He told the Herald: “The new programme will cover all of Scotland dealing with stories about and from Scotland.

“It will also carry the top national and international news stories of the day and just for a change we will have a spot of music.”

He added: “We hope that the programme will not be insular but will look at Scotland in an international context.”

January 11, 1984

The Seagull Trust announced that their project to provide leisure cruises on the Forth and Clyde Canal for the disabled would be operational by the spring.

The organisation’s new boathouse and dry-dock being built at Townhead was set to be completed by March.

The purpose-built barge called the Yarrow Seagull was expected to be launched for the first time soon after.

And the charity was urging local people to get involved.

Strathkelvin branch secretary Tom McLaughlan said: “We have received tremendous support for the project already, but we are on the lookout for more volunteers.”

January 5, 1993

Furious residents were preparing for a battle in the New Year over a massive housing development plan.

Community leaders were whipping up a storm of protest after an appeal from Wimpey Homes to build between Bishopbriggs and Lenzie.

The clash came just months after regional councillors KO’d the application to build on the greenbelt land to the east of Bishopbriggs.

Campaigners, who had been fighting the plans for three years, were getting ready to approach the Scottish Office to save the land once and for all.

A campaign spokesperson said: “We can’t believe an appeal has been lodged.”

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