10 years ago, Thursday, September 11, 2003

Sword fight...was all part of the fun at New Lanark Victorian Fair in 2003
Sword fight...was all part of the fun at New Lanark Victorian Fair in 2003
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Take a stroll down Clydesdale’s memory lane

10 YEARS AGO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003

* SUNSHINE brought the crowds to New Lanark when the village hosted its 25th Victorian Fair. Villagers dressed in Victorian costumes to man various stalls during the afternoon, which raised funds for the Village Group. Attractions included side-shows, stalls, music by local school children and Dunoon Pipe Band and a fair selection of street entertainers.

* lanark Police had started mounting a special watch on the path at Lindsay Loan, which locals had branded the town’s ‘Eyesore Alley’. They said that the path was in a “nightmare” condition, totally overgrown and strewn with debris and rubbish ranging from old tyres to potentially dangerous used hypodermic needles.

* over 80 people attended the first graveyard tour organised by the Carluke Parish Historical Society, which was rated an outstanding success.The committee had expected only 40 people to turn up, so they were delighted to get more than double that figure.

* gazette Sport interviewed Motherwell FC defender Martyn Corrigan, who revealed that he was discussing signing a new contract at Fir Park as he was enjoying his football under manager Terry Butcher.

* A DINNER was staged at Lanark Memorial Hall to mark the 21st anniversary of Clydesdale Sports Council.

* facilities at Loch Park Stadium in Carluke were being upgraded thanks to £150,000 of Scottish Executive cash, which had already funded the introduction of new floodlights and would soon allow improvement work to take place on the pavilion.

* lanark rally ace Colin McRae was considering a move to the megabucks American stock car racing scene.

25 YEARS AGO, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1988

* EAGLE-EYED soap opera fans spotted one of their favourites from Scottish Television’s Take The High Road when Obediah Murdoch, alias actor Bob Trotter, visited New Lanark for a unique recording session. The soap star had been recording a talking book in the newly-opened Shiltron publishing studios in the historic village.

* IRATE commuters were left stranded in Lanark after a peak-time train to Glasgow smashed into buffers at the Bannatyne Street station. An eye-witness said: “The train seemed to be coming too fast when it came into the station. It couldn’t stop in time and ran onto the buffers. There was a loud crash and the train jolted.”

* POSTAL deliveries in Clydesdale ground to a halt as first Biggar and then Lanark and Carluke postmen joined what was rapidly becoming a national strike. Mail from larger mechanised offices was unable to get through because of the strike, which had been spreading all weekend. By the Monday, postmen at only five offices in Lanarkshire – Lanark, Carluke, Bellshill, Airdrie and Coatbridge – were still working.

* clydesdale District Council had adopted plans for a new, comprehensive hi-tech housing association system geared to suit the needs of its clients. A special meeting of the council’s housing committee unanimously backed the new scheme.

* around 1000 customers signed a petition calling on the District Council to allow the kebab shop in Lanark High Street to continue its late hours.

* OVER 8000 people had gone back in time the previous Sunday when an impressively big crowd visited the New Lanark Victorian Fair.

* lanark’s Jimmy McRae was to launch his bid for a record-breaking fifth British Open Rally Championship in the Isle of Man the following week – knowing that he only required a reasonable finish to secure a nap hand of five title triumphs.

* FORTH road Runners overcame a host of established names to take the tape in third place in the Lanarkshire League. The achievement was a reward for two years of hard work for club members who had launched the Road Runners in July 1986.

* CArluke rovers ace Willie Hadden scored a hat-trick in his team’s 6-2 home victory over Wishaw Juniors in the Trophy Centre Second Division.