Discover the stories that made the Gazette headlines 10 and 25 years ago.
10 years ago, Thursday, April 15, 2004
* Top officials from NHS Lanarkshire spoke to Carluke Community Council members about a radical shake-up of the NHS. Community councillors asked questions about the new out-of hours service which was due to come into force in October.
* There were plenty of Easter bonnets on show in the Gazette including those at Crossford Hall when the village playgroup staged its annual parade.
* Shoppers in Lanark were set to reap the benefits of a new scheme designed to make it safer for them and difficult for thieves. The new Shop Watch initiative had already been deemed a huge success with more than 50 businesses signing up.
* Members of the Floral Art Class in Carluke Community Centre presented a cheque for £766 to the Maggie’s Lanarkshire fund. The class raised the money at a special meeting in March where they sold home-baking and displayed their imaginative floral work.
* WELL known local historian Jim Hamilton died, at the age of 82, after a short illness. Jim was well known for his chronicles of the Coalburn area and his work with Lesmahagow Parish Historical Association.
* BIggar Theatre Workshop was daring to dream The Impossible Dream as they prepared to take to the stage at the town’s Corn Exchange. Members were set to star in Man of La Mancha, which featured the iconic song.
* The 2004 Tom Scott Road Race winner was Aberdeen AC runner Ben Hukins. Ben comfortably won the race in its final outing before the event was moved to Strathclyde Park.
* Carluke and Biggar Golf Clubs were opened for the new season.
25 years ago, Friday, April 14, 1989
* Carluke Rotary Club named Robert Maxwell as its Citizen of the Year. Mr Maxwell was given the award for his services to the Scout movement and the community. He joined 1st Carluke Scouts back in 1928 and was still actively involved in the running of the organisation.
* Carluke was soon to have its first woman minister as St Andrew’s Church voted by a large majority to call Rev Helen Sloan to the charge. The 30-year-old had been a teacher before entering the ministry and was the assistant minister at Galston Parish Church.
* A major campaign for the re-opening of a railway station at Law was being considered by Clydesdale Conservatives. The group was set to approach British Rail to ask them to carry out a feasibility study and to approve the project and to ask Strathclyde Regional Council and the European Community for financial backing.
* There was mixed news for youngsters living in Law. The Company Section of 1st Law Boys’ Brigade was disbanding while membership of a new youth club in the village was said to be increasing steadily.
* Carnwath councillor Nancy Allison warned that livestock could be in danger because of increasing traffic on a narrow farm road on the outskirts of the village. Her claim was made as councillors granted planning permission for a new six bedroom bungalow at Spittle Farm.
* Dancers from the Celia Orr School of Dance in Lanark were joined by singers June Black, Marion Robinson and Robert Pratt for a charity ceilidh at the Cartland Bridge Hotel. The ceilidh was held to raise funds for the Jayne Fanshawe Appeal Fund.
* TWO dozen men were temporarily laid off at British Coal’s massive opencast plant at Dalquhandy, near Coalburn. The move was due to a combination of wet weather and planning rules.
* Carluke’s Caledonia Pipe Band had just finished a very successful indoor contest season which included first place at the RSPBA’s grade two miniature bands contest. Members Robert Wallace, Alan Dunsmore and Kenneth McLeod also won individual prizes at the various competitions.
* Premier League champions Arthurlie were the victims of Scottish Junior Cup giant killers Lesmahagow who defeated them 1-0. ’Gow had been drawn against Ormiston Primrose in the semi-finals to be played at Brockville.