Nov 24 2010 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
GUY Fawkes night passed off quietly enough for a Coatbridge pensioner, but 76-year-old May Gallacher will probably remember, remember November 6, 2010, for quite some time.
Despite thousands of people attending the council’s organised fireworks display at Dunbeth Park, opposite May’s home in Lavelle Drive, her night was generally uneventful.
However, on Sunday morning, May was shocked to find her refuse and recycling bins had been removed from her back garden, taken across the road into the park and torched by louts.
May only realised that the bins had gone when relatives paid her a visit. She said: “My son-in-law came round with my two grand kids, who are 10 and five years old, on Sunday morning and one of the kids asked me why my hanging baskets and plants were lying on the drive.
“When we had a look around the back garden, I noticed the bins were missing as well as a couple of plastic chairs, plants and a toy plastic astronaut.”
The Coatbridge woman, whose home is close to Coatdyke station, noticed there were still a lot of people letting off fireworks in the park that evening but she has no idea what time the items were taken from her garden.
“The bins are totally enclosed and you can’t see them from the street so it’s a bit worrying,” she said.
“I’m a bit nervous because you don’t know what’s going on outside when you’re in the house.
“My son lives next door but unfortunately he was out that night but might have heard something if he was in.”
This isn’t the first time May has been the victims of firebugs, pointing to a stump, she added: “A couple of years ago, a tree in my back garden was set on fire and it had to be cut down.”
A phone call this week to the council revealed there would be a charge of £38 to replace her black refuse bin, while the two recycling bins would be replaced free of charge.
Despite the ‘bin-fire night’ incident May remains upbeat, she continued: “I’ve lived here for 40 years and apart from these two incidents I’ve had no bother whatsoever.”