THE NEW BMX COURSE OPENS AT THE BENT 1985.

THE NEW BMX COURSE OPENS AT THE BENT 1985.

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Hamilton’s BMX biking craze was raised to the level of a sport on the morning of Saturday the 4th May 1985 when the district council opened the towns very first BMX course for stunt and racing bikes.

The course was officially opened by Murray Tremble who was the chairman of the council leisure and recreation committee. The track was built at the Bent recreational grounds and on the day a specially organised event was put on to mark the occasion.

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The event was organised and sponsored by Hamilton round table and on the day four local primary schools and two secondary schools took part, with Woodhead Primary emerging victors following a handicap playoff against the secondary winners, Holy cross High.

The victorious Woodhead team consisted of primary 6 & 7 pupils who were, Alex Crawford, Colin Main, Gorgon Cotter, Alan Taylor & Derek Boslem.

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The round table handed over a trophy to the winners plus a £50 cheque for the school which has decided to donate half of the money to Yorkhill Hospital. The individual team members were also given book tokens.

The councils accident prevention committee handed out badges to all taking part and individual trophies for the different race section winners.

So in 1985, the Hamilton town council were keen to start a fully-fledged BMX club to ensure that the track was properly kept and properly used. Mr George Ralton who owned the Raleigh Cycle shop at 6 Avon Street offered to form a BMX club.

Were you at the opening of the brand-new BMX course on Saturday the 4th of May 1985? If you were, then we would love to hear from you. If you see any familiar faces in the pictures, then please tag and share.

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COUNCIL SPEEDS UP HAMILTONS SLUM CLEARANCE FEBRUARY 1974.

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In February 1974 Anxious to rid Hamilton of Slums, the Council Speeded up its Slum Clearance Programme from 100 houses a year to 150.
 
This brought forward the demolition of some properties which might have been expected to have a longer life. The council put out advertisements for anyone in the Burgh who were intending to purchase or rent a tenement in Hamilton should consult the Town House before taking any action.
 
In February 1974, the council agreed to an order for the demolition of 5-19 Johnstone Street, the improvement of 55-77 Gateside Street and demolition of 4-12 Brown Street and all work on these streets were carried out in 1974.
 
The director of environmental health submitted a list of properties to be dealt with by 1980. These included certain homes, Shops etc., in Woodside Walk, Lorne Street, Chapel Street, Quarry Place, Montrose Crescent, Almada Street, High Patrick Street, Avon Street, Haddow Street, Ann Street, Quarry Street, Glasgow Road, Stewart Street, Glenlee Street, Robertson Street, Burnbank Road, Dalziel Street, William Street, John Street, Portland Park, Portland Place, Campbell Street, Low Waters Road, Morris Street, Townhead Street, Miller Street, Low Patrick Street, Jack Street, Hope Street, 6 Wellhall Road, Windmill Road, Burnblea Street, Union Street, Lamb Street, 1 Bothwell Road, Cadzow Street, Barrack Street & Cadzow Lane.
 
As you can all imagine, this would have been a major change to these areas in Hamilton and when these houses and shops were demolished, it would change the way that these streets would look for ever.
 
We would like to know if you were affected by this compulsory purchase by the town council in the late 70s? If you were, where did the Council rehome you, or if you owned a shop where did they accommodate you with new business premises? Let us know and share your memories.