Down Memory Lane

Prize guy...David receives top award from Gordon
Prize guy...David receives top award from Gordon

10 Years Ago

THE police reported that a spate of recent break-ins in Carluke had seen £2600 worth of property stolen including a Ford Mondeo car, DVD players and mobile phones.

* housing Association director David Scobie was pictured receiving a Secured by Design award from chief inspector Gordon Scobbie for the association’s new £2.2 million Very Sheltered housing development in Carluke. Rosemount Court on Cairneymount Road comprised 22 flats for older people and a day centre.

* carluke business J and S McFadyen was expecting to make redundancies. Preliminary letters had gone out to staff and consultation was underway.

* neighbours in Carluke’s Wilton Road continued to complain about soot and fumes coming into their gardens from the nearby Caradale Brickworks factory. One woman said: “We cannot sit out without having to wash the soot dots off everything and washing is having to be rewashed.”

* scottish coal submitted plans to extract 900,000 tonnes to the north of its existing Broken Cross opencast coal site near Douglas. Around 40 new jobs would be created by the company’s proposed extension.

* biggar Rugby Club won their fourth consecutive league match – a 21-7 home victory over GHA – to jump to third place in Premier 1.

* carluke Rovers manager Whitey Moffat was “absolutely gutted” after his team crashed out of the Whyte and Mackay Cup on penalties after losing a three-goal lead. Shotts equalised in injury time then won 5-4 on spot kicks.

* lesmahagow manager Sandy Robertson threatened to make a playing comeback at age 38 after watching his side lose 1-0 at Muirkirk in the Whyte and Mackay Cup.

25 Years Ago

despite requests by Carluke Community Council, the town was not to get ‘Welcome to Carluke’ signs. Community councillors had asked Clydesdale District Council for extra signposts for approach roads, welcoming visitors. However, the council replied that there was no chance of Carluke getting the signs until “a visitor destination is available to receive the visitor numbers you would seek”.

* former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty was pictured looking a bit apprehensive as he tried out a fitness testing machine at Carluke Recreation Centre. The Doc was on call at the centre to open the first-ever Clydesdale Sports Fayre.

* that Sunday would see the 10th anniversary of Crossford Raft Race. The race had become a popular annual event and gala day for the rafters themselves, as well as the hundreds of spectators who lined the banks of the River Clyde, “bombing” the rafts with flour, water, ripe tomatoes and rotten eggs.

* carluke police believed an “out of town” gang had been behind a recent spate of car cassette thefts in the town. And they had appealed for extra vigilance from motorists and local residents. The latest outbreak of thefts had occurred in the early hours of Monday morning when a total of seven cars, parked in various locations throughout the town, were broken into.

* the newly-opened Silver Bell stables on the outskirts of Carluke had a distinguished lodger – when world famous racehorse Red Rum made an overnight stop at the Waygateshaw complex. The triple Grand National winner, the star attraction at the opening of a new bookmakers’ in Coatbridge, was given a warm reception by staff at the centre, including trainer’s wife Liz Semple.

* new proposals being drawn up by the government would make local authorities responsible for action on litter. The proposals would give councils the power to employ litter wardens – similar to traffic wardens – and issue £10 fixed penalty tickets to those dropping litter. The maximum fine for littering would be increased from £400 to £1000.

* lanark golfers Craig Urquhart and Kenny McKenzie were on course for a crack at one of Britain’s top amateur titles. For the local pair had scored a memorable victory in the South of Scotland final of the Famous Grouse Shotgun Foursomes. They would play the national final at St Andrews’ famous Old Course on October 10.