More Blantyre News, 1967

An extract from newspapers with some news from November 1967.

Five year old John Allan of Camelon Crescent was knocked down by a car near his home on the first Sunday of November 1967. He was taken to Hairmyres Hospital with bruises to his head, hand and knee but thankfully his injuries were not too serious.

That same week, on the Tuesday, two vans collided at the West End on Glasgow Road. One of the vans was carrying chemical liquid which spilled on to the roadway, causing a danger to pedestrians! The fire brigade were called and ended up having to wash down the road for a long time until all traces were removed.

Obscene racist slogans were painted on the gates of the Livingstone Memorial and on the Livingstone Bridge that month much to the horror of many visitors to the Livingstone Museum. It was felt that such disorder caused a wave of shame throughout the Village, so much so that villagers tried to remove it themselves.

During the last week in November, people were alarmed to see the blood transfusion van outside the Broadway Cinema. However, the van itself had been involved in a motor accident. As it emerged from Staton Road and turned right on to Glasgow Road, it collided with the Coatshill Bus, which had been turning into Station Road. Both vehicles ended up through the pedestrian railings outside the cinema. A large portion of the railings were demolished thereafter.

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