ALL was quiet in Croy yesterday. The day of celebration to mark the Queen's 50 years on the throne had not reached the small, famously Celtic-supporting village in North Lanarkshire, despite a local politician's claim to the contrary.

Cathie Craigie, the Labour MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, brought a momentary stunned silence to the Scottish Parliament with her suggestion last month that a Celtic supporters' club in Croy would be likely to mark the jubilee. It turned out she was right, sort of. But, the only jubilee being celebrated there is the supporters' club's 50th anniversary.

Apart from a few teenagers in the green and white hoops of their team, the streets of the village were empty yesterday.

The first signs that Ms Craigie's remarks might in fact have been well-founded came from the match secretary of Croy's Bowling Club.

''Oh yes, I think they are doing something for the jubilee. I'll make some phone calls and see if I can find out what it was.''

As John Buchanan kindly started trawling through the phone book, William Tierney, his colleague and the only other Croy resident in the club yesterday, cast doubt on his claim.

''I really don't think they'll be doing anything round here,'' he said. ''We haven't got anything against the Queen, we're just not really interested.''

They were both right. Mr Buchanan returned from his calls with details of a quite different golden anniversary event: ''The only celebrations we're having here are for the Celtic supporters' club down the road.''

Coatbridge, another town inextricably linked with republicanism, was also rather subdued.

Many of the shops were still open, but without the royal memorabilia on sale in other areas, and Coatbridge residents were out enjoying the sunshine and a day off work.

There was a scattering of yellow jubilee balloons, but celebrations and street parties were nowhere to be seen.