25 years ago
▼ DESPITE the rather cold weather the 1987 Chirnside Civic Week festivities got off to a colourful start at the weekend with the crowning of the Gala Queen and the professional games. Gala Queen Louise Rankine, who incidentally was the Fairy Queen nine years ago, was officially kirked at a service in the parish church on Sunday morning.
▼THE Alliance have come under fire from the Labour Party in Roxburgh and Berwickshire for suggesting that the election in the constituency is a two horse race. An election leaflet from Archy Kirkwood- distributed to homes throughout the area this week- claims the electorate have a straight choice between the Alliance and the Tories, highlighting the fact that the Labour Party and SNP were both over 10,000 votes behind in the 1983 election.
▼ berwickshire District Council will definitely not be carrying out measures this year to cull gulls in Eyemouth despite further claims of people being attacked by them. The council’s environmental services committee decided earlier this month that, as they were unable to obtain the necessary licence to carry out a cull this year, it would have to be next year.
50 years ago
▼ By 16 votes to six, Berwickshire County Council agreed that the education committee should reconsider their decision not to close Fogo and Polwarth schools because of teaching and modernisation costs.
▼ A £9000 scheme to widen the road from Coldingham to the Sands is being held up because of the difficulty in getting extra car parking facilities. Major J M Askey, County Convener, dealing with the proposed coastal development at Coldingham, St Abbs, Pease Bay and the Cove, said the police wanted them to do something about the car parks.
t The Royal party will slow down to walking pace as they pass the cottage hospital at Coldstream on July 5, to allow patients and staff the chance to see them up close.
100 years ago
▼ To Whitsome School Board belongs the honour of having been the first to move in the direction of complying with the education department’s demands for secondary education in the county. Now Whitsome School has a room fitted for the purpose of teaching woodwork, laundry work and cookery. It cost a total of £140 to build and equip.
t THE Cove fishermen have been barking nets most of this week and preparing other gear for the summer herring fishing. The last of the Burnmouth boats left for the herring fishing this week, some of them having gone the week before. They are hoping for better luck than they had last year.