A Neilston family have told of their surprise after uncovering old editions of the Barrhead News dating back to the 1940s.

Douglas Craig made the discovery while going through the belongings of his father-in-law Anthony Lindsay, who passed away on Sunday, October 22 after a suspected heart attack.

The two newspapers, printed in 1947 and 1967, had been stored inside what is believed to be an old biscuit tin kept by the 84-year-old Neilston man.

Articles in the editions include a column highlighting fears over a potential financial crisis following World War Two and a news story about old mineshafts being found exposed in Lochlibo Road, Barrhead.

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Douglas and his wife Diane, who is Anthony's daughter, believe the old editions may have originally belonged to his parents.

Diane told the Barrhead News: "I think they have definitely been his mum and dad's because the rest of his siblings have passed away, so that's why he would probably have these.

"He loved talking about the olden days but never mentioned to us that he had kept these newspapers.

"These editions are probably of some significance to our family but we don't know why."

Anthony, known as Tony by family and friends, lived in Neilston for his entire life and was a loyal reader of his local newspaper.

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Douglas said: "I would describe him as a connoisseur of the Barrhead News, because he bought it every week without fail."

Diane added: "He used to buy an extra copy and post it to his sister Nan, who had emigrated over to Canada with her husband.

"She passed away a couple of year ago, so he probably did that for 40-odd years."

In his younger days, Anthony played for Neilston Juniors and Arthurlie FC but his football career came to an end after suffering a broken leg.

As well as serving in the army, he worked for the pottery department of the Armitage Shanks factory, in Barrhead, and East Renfrewshire Council's road surfacing team.

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The great-grandad was married to his wife Janet, who passed away in 2015, for more than 50 years.

Diane added: "My dad was a very caring person and loved living in Neilston, he would never ever move.

"He was very traditional and loved his old-fashioned mince and potatoes, steak pies and fish suppers, as well as gardening and watching the football.

"My dad was a right family man who loved meeting people in Neilston, he always had a blether with everybody."

Anthony's funeral took place at the village's St Thomas' Church on Monday, November 6.