Looking Back

Duns sports in public park July 1987
Duns sports in public park July 1987

10 years ago

t Villagers in Whitsome are being asked to decide the fate of their church and village hall or risk losing them both. A questionnaire on the future of the two buildings, drawn up by the Kirk session and Village Hall Committee, has been sent out to residents. The possibility of a single, high quality public building of Whitsome was being explored but all members of the parish will be consulted.

t the report of the only Scottish-based inquiry into last year’s foot and mouth epidemic was published and while Scottish Borders Counci’s handling of the crisis comes in for praise, the report itself has been given a muted welcome by the farming community.

25 years ago

t Council houses in Berwickshire are among the best in the country according to the authority which had them built, the District Council. And that is exactly what the local authority will spell out to central Government in response to a move to take away the building and improvement of council homes from them.

t a MAN has criticised Borders Regional Council’s decision to close the road to Cove Harbour after having to walk nearly half a mile with a broken ankle because an ambulance could not get to him. Miles Swanston stumbled on rocks and was forced to walk up the 80ft high steps to be taken to hospital by car.

50 years ago

t The cost of the new school at Eyemouth will be £250,000. This was revealed by the convenor of the county, Major J.M. Askew, when he gave an address at the Eyemouth High School secondary department speech day in the youth hall, Eyemouth, on Wednesday.

t coldstream Town Council has decided that if necessary a ban on hoses for gardens and for washing cars would be imposed. Burgh surveyor Mr W. Tweedie said it was becoming difficult to maintain the reservoir at a satisfactory level and there was no doubt that this was due to the watering of gardens in the burgh. He asked for authority to impose a ban in an emergency.

100 years ago

t the annual picnic in connection with Duns Parish Church was held on Wednesday at Dunglass Dene, Cockburnspath, quite a large turnout leaving Duns by special train in the early morning in order to spend the day by the seaside.

t the National Insurance Act came into operation on St Swithin’s Day. The Rural Workers Society has been most successful and in Berwickshire and Roxburghshire it has already 4,500 members. The action of the Order of the Shepherds in insisting upon a doctor’s certificate places them in a differed category from other societies and has handicapped them considerably so far as increase of numbers.