Discover the stories that made the Carluke and Lanark Gazette headlines, all those years ago.
POOLING POWER: Almost exactly half a century ago Lanark gained a new attraction in the form of the Clydesdale area’s first ever swimming pool, pictured here (above) in the year it opened after getting a final inspection (left) from Lanark Town Council. The cost of the pool in 1962 was so great, a referendum was held to get the ratepayers of Lanark’s approval before the project went ahead. They approved that colossal expenditure – of £60,000! The much-loved Lanark Baths served the area well until its demolition and Lanark Lifestyles replacement two years ago.
50 YEARS AGO
n A large quantity of eggs in a car boot were smashed after it was hit from the rear by another car at a pedestrian crossing at Law Hospital.
n A short circuit under the floorboards caused smoke to rise up in the Carluke house of Dr and Mrs Robertson at 112 Clyde Street. Firemen arrived to extinguish the blaze.
n A band leader was detained in custody at Lanark Sheriff Court for reports, after pleading guilty to tendering worthless cheques to a housewife in Wilsontown and to the proprietrix of Shieldhill Hotel, Quothquan, where he was also accused of obtaining board and lodgings by fraud.
n Gordon Tosh, who had been playing so well for Carluke Rovers at left half, was selected as travelling reserve by the Scottish Junior FA in an international trial against a Forfarshire Junior Select at Gayfield, Arbroath, on Saturday, September 29.
n At a recent open bowling tournament run by the Rothesay Advertising Association, Mrs I Murdoch of Law won the singles competition.
100 YEARS AGO
n Mr James Wilson of Cemetery Lodge, Lanark, was on the short leet for the post of superintendent of Dalziel Cemetery.
n Lesmahagow man Benjamin McMurdo sustained a serious fracture of his right arm after an accident when leaving a train at Lesmahagow Station. He was struck by a carriage door and knocked down between the carriages and the platform.
n A labourer pleaded guilty at Lanark Police Court to having been drunk and disorderly in Wellgate the previous Saturday night. A penalty of seven shillings and sixpence or five days’ imprisonment was imposed.
n A Lanark man was charged with having deserted his children when he appeared at the town’s sheriff court. He admitted the charge and was placed on probation for three months.
n A shed was completely destroyed at Loanhead Farm, Tarbrax, after a fire broke out. Thirty tons of hay were destroyed, with three vehicles and a harness set burned. Total value of the damage was £264.