Down Memory Lane

P1 Carluke 'Wee School' circa 1953 now Kirkton Primary School
P1 Carluke 'Wee School' circa 1953 now Kirkton Primary School

Discover the stories that made the Gazette headlines, all those years ago.

Wee memory stirrer: Gazette reader Isabel Anderson (Nee Bruce), of Honeybank Crescent, Carluke, handed in this photograph, taken in 1953, of her Primary 1 class at Carluke’s Wee School in Kirkton Street. She can identify most people in the picture, with question marks for the ones she doesn’t know. Pictured are (from left); back row – Forrest Cuthbert, Jim Thomson, ?, John Twaddle, ?, Liam Barclay, ?; 2nd back row – David Reid, Graham Crockett, John Goldthorp, Tom Hunter, William Archibald, Duncan McEwan, ?, ?; middle row – Ian McDonald, ?, Anna White, Angus Moffat, Aileen McFadyen, Marilyn Rutherford, ?, Jim Sneddon; 2nd front row – Marian Grant, Isabel Bruce, Sheena Paterson, ?, Betty Thomson, Elizabeth Wigston, Anne Kerr, ?; front row – John Gilmour, Joan Fleming, Jim Maxwell.


n Seventeen-year-old apprentice electrician Brian Yule, of 28 Eastfield Road, Carluke, was detained in Law Hospital with a suspected fractured skull after a rear tyre on his motor car blew out and threw him from the vehicle to the ground.

n Detective Sergeant J Anderson (Lanark) won the Lanarkshire County and Burghs Police Golf Championship at Hamilton, with rounds of 80 and 73 for a 153 total.

n Thieves broke into Porteous’s bakehouse in Forth, and stole three steak pies. They got in by breaking a side window.

n Miss Clara R Kay, assistant teacher at New Lanark Primary School, was nominated to attend a course for teachers of handicapped children at Jordanhill College from October 2 to January 31.

n Jim Thomson (17), of Lilybank, Victoria Avenue, Carluke, had a hole-in-one at the 17th in a matchplay competition at Carluke Golf Club.

n Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons were starring in The Grass Is Greener, screened at Lanark’s Regal Cinema.


n A woman pleaded guilty at Lanark Sheriff Court, before Hon. Sheriff Substitute Vassie, to having shouted and bawled at the top of Wallgreen, Carluke. She was fined £1 with the alternative of 10 days’ imprisonment.

n At Lanark JP Court, a labourer admitted being disorderly while drunk by shouting, swearing and attempting to trip up Constable Russell, Carstairs, near Huntlygate Farm on the road between Lanark and Carstairs. He was fined £1 with the alternative of 20 days’ imprisonment.

n Lanark Bowling Club players won five out of five individual matches against their Glasgow BC opponents, sealing a 151-63 aggregate victory to clinch the Sir John Watson Cup.

n The first consignment of plums from Braidwood left the station for Glasgow Market.

n After 35 years with the Lanarkshire Constabulary, Carnwath Sergeant John McLuckie was presented with a purse of sovereigns and a gold mounted walking stick from friends and admirers at a leaving do in the Old Bush Inn and Hotel.