Looking Back

Swinton Gala 1987.
Swinton Gala 1987.

10 years ago

▼ DESPITE opposition from Coldstream’s Community Council and Berwickshire’s Area committee to Orange’s plans to install three antennae and two transmission dishes in the Eildon Centre clock tour, planning permission has been granted because of insufficient planning grounds to refuse the application. Vodafone already have four antennae on top of the centre and Coldstream Community Council are concerned at the possible health implications of doubling the radiofrequency output from the building.

▼ A SERIES of radical changes designed to get the Borders’ beleagured education service back on track was formally approved last week. Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee agreed that just over £83,000 will be spent in the remainder of the current financial year to implement the new measures, with the full year costs being £137,391.

25 years ago

▼ BRITISH Rail have come under fire for failing to provide adequate information about their plans to heighten a bridge in a Berwickshire village as part of their scheme to electrify the main east coast line. Work on heightening the bridge in Burnmouth is expected to start in September, but community councillors in the village have not yet been shown concrete plans by British Rail, having hoped they would have been presented at a preliminary meeting.

50 years ago

▼THE Borders fight for a new general hospital to replace Peel has failed. Scottish Secretary John S. Maclay has turned down the pleas by two deputations to have the Borders included in the Government’s £70 million hospital building plan. The deputations were appointed after it was learned that the Borders would not share in the 10 year hospital plan. One of them was formed at a four-county protest meeting convened by Roxburgh County Council. The other represented the Border Burghs Convention.

t DURING a hot spell of weather on Friday afternoon, Duns Fire Brigade was called out to an outbreak of fire among the heath on the Cleugh, just outside Duns.

100 years ago

▼Football - The League Secretary reported that the league fixtures were not finished, Duns and Kelso having still to play. The match, although ordered by the Leaguehad not come off. Coldstream and Duns had played a deciding match for the championship, the winner being awarded four points. He thought that in future no team should be allowed to play for four points unless the League sanctioned such a thing. On the whole the League had been conducted fairly satisfactorily.