Our member Bill Black will describe a tragic event of 1889, when during high winds, a wall under construction at Glasgow’s famous Templeton Carpet Factory collapsed into an adjoining weaving shed. He will attempt to correct some of the mythology surrounding this event in which twenty-nine young women lost their lives. The Society is lucky to have Bill as a member and regular speaker, with his seemingly unlimited supply of talks, on a wide variety of interesting subjects, from all over the West of Scotland.
During the early 1960s the Society’s present secretary took a very large number of photographs of the Kirkintilloch/Lenzie area. His main purpose was to record local transport services, especially the declining railway network, the replacement of steam on the railways by diesel haulage, the disappearance of the Lawson branding on local buses, and the last years of the Forth & Clyde Canal before its 1962 closure. However, he also photographed many other local subjects, including street scenes. This year he has been re-visiting many of the sites to take 50-year equivalent views. Both old and new will be presented in this talk, postponed from Friday 10th October 2014.
The Thomas Muir Festival of local history, art and culture takes place in various locations in East Dunbartonshire during 13th - 24th November. The festival's programme may be accessed by clicking here.