Discover the stories that made the Gazette headlines, all those years ago.
TIMELY REMINDER?: The Gazette has been running numerous stories in recent weeks about passengers disappointed with the bus service through Biggar, following problems with the former operator of the service from Dumfries to Edinburgh and then changes in the timetable when a new operator took over. Even this week there is another review of the service being carried out, in the hope that passengers will be able to get to school and to work on time. We wonder if this bus, pictured back in 1928, parked beside the fountain which used to grace Biggar High Street, was more reliable? The road itself looks a lot more challenging than the smooth tarmac of the 21st century!
50 YEARS AGO
n Members of Carluke Boys’ Brigade held a concert in St John’s Church Hall which was attended by members and friends.
n Carluke Golf Club members held an AGM with more than 50 members present. The new captain of the club was named as TB Stewart.
n The annual whist drive of Lanark Rotary Club was held in the Memorial Hall raising a total of £150 which would go to the Association for Mentally Handicapped Children.
n St Mary’s Hall in Lanark was packed for three days for the annual spring flower show. Provost John Whyte opened the show which was featured on BBC and STV.
n A woman was fined £5 at Lanark Sheriff Court having been found guilty of a shoplifting offence.
n The Royal Oak Hotel in Lanark was under new management with the hotel now being in the hands of Mr and Mrs J Irvine-Wilson.
n The Lanarkshire Junior FA decided to adopt a proposal put forward by Carluke Rovers to try and bring in sponsors for the Lanarkshire League trophies.
100 YEARS AGO
n Bloomgate Guild members were making plans to hold a fundraising concert. The time and date was still to be finalised.
n Mr T Prentice, from Vancouver in Canada, paid a visit to Lanark where he met a lot of old friends in the Station Hotel.
n A Lesmahagow miner appeared at Lanark Sheriff Court charged with conducting himself in a disorderly manner in the village’s Church Square. He was fined 15s.
n Three Braidwood lads were charged at Lanark Sheriff Court with lighting a fire near Hillhead Cottage. The eldest was fined 2s while the others were released.
n The annual social of the Kirkfieldbank Weaving Factory took place.
n Former Carluke publican WD Irvine died at his home in Kirkton Street. He had been the owner of the Douglas Bar for many years and was president of Carluke Milton Rovers FC.
n The many friends of Mr George Moffat, originally from Carluke, were delighted to learn that he had settled into his life in New Jersey.