Looking Back

Duns RFC Colts team photo in October 1987.
Duns RFC Colts team photo in October 1987.

10 years ago

t Borders College will not abandon Duns and restructuring plans will mean a better deal for Berwickshire students, the chairman assured this week. The college board hit back at criticism of its plans to centralise its full-time and part-time course provision in Galashiels and claimed the changes will provide better facilities and shorter journey times for Berwickshire students.

t Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to officially open the Berwickshire Group Riding for the Disabled’s new indoor arena at Reston. .

25 years ago

t a SHOCK report which suggests the axing of almost all of East Lothian’s general medical facilities has whipped up a storm of protest throughout the district this week. A discussion document, which was described as confidential, was leaked to the Health Service Unions who are up in arms. Amongst the proposals are plans to close down the hospital at East Fortune, scrap the 24 hour casualty service at Roodlands Hospital in Haddington and also scrap the operating facilities and acute medical wards at Roodlands Hospital.

50 years ago

t Jim Clark, the farmer from Edington Mains, Chirnside, will be world champion if he wins the South African Grand Prix in December. Clark, who is having a magnificent season, kept his hopes alive by winning the American Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York, on Sunday.

t PROVOST M.McCallum at a meeting of Duns Town Council on Monday last week said that the closure of Ballantyne’s Branch Factory in Duns Town Hall was a great blow to the Burgh but the council were doing as much as possible to soften the blow.

100 years ago

t WITH the fishing boats prosecuting the winter fishing at Yarmouth and a large number of women folks having left for that place, Eyemouth has assumed a forlorn and deserted appearance. It is estimated that there will be some 600 people out of town at present.

t THE heavy rain experienced at the beginning of this week brought the rivers in Berwickshire down at top flood. On the Whiteadder at Cranshaws, the new bridge, which has been in course of erection and forms part of the road improvements scheme, has been swept away.