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Berwickshire High Rugby tears off to Canada.
Berwickshire High Rugby tears off to Canada.

25 years ago

▼ foulden primary school has come out on top in a national competition run by the national farmers’ Union of Scotland. Foulden’s entry in group 1 of the schools shield competition, which attracted 28 entries from all over Scotland, was judged to be the winner and the pupils will now be invited to the Royal Highland show to receive their certificate and shield.

▼ It was, so to speak, an inside job when earlier this year 21 year-old Stephen Easingwood competed successfully in the youth championship sponsored by the Bank of Scotland.

▼ Eyemouth Harbour Trust’s proposals for £10m redevelopment scheme at the port have been supported by Berwickshire District Council. The scheme, the cost of which would almost certainly exceed £10m, would improve landing facilities at the port, where the harbour is at present inadequate for the bigger fishing vessels and is restricting industrial development in the area.

▼ at the Conservative party conference at Perth last week Dr Liam Fox proposed a motion on defence on behalf of the Roxburgh & Berwickshire Conservative and Unionist Association. The motion which was replied to by George Younger, was carried unanimously.

▼ THE Scottish Borders Tourist Board has won a share of a UK Tourism Marketing Award for 1985. The award was made in recognition of the outstanding success of the Borders tourist boards joint advertising campaign which generated 130,000 enquiries about Scottish holiday and, resultantly £24m of tourist expenditure in Scotland in 1985.

▼ THE eighth Chirnside Civic Week got under way on Sunday when the 1986 gala queen, Jennifer Ainslie, was crowned at a ceremony in Windram park on Sunday afternoon.

t it will be very much a case of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ at the St Abbs Haven Hotel, Coldingham Shore, on Saturday when actor Christopher Timothy arrives to perform the opening ceremony. Chris, probably best known for his portrayal of vet James Herriot, in the popular BBC television series, will be piped into the Haven at 12 noon by John Selkirk of Eyemouth.

t Community Councillors in Eyemouth heard this week that a percentage of the people that use the public toilets in the town vandalise them and are ‘little better than animals’.

t After a total of 30 years as Clerk/rent collector with the old Duns Town Council and Berwickshire District Council Tom Heatlie retired last week. Tom’s retiral coincides with the move by Berwickshire District Council to stop the rent collection service in Duns, and bring it in line with Eyemouth and Coldstream where rents are paid at the Council offices.

t Unemloyment in Berwickshire has dropped during the past month, but it continues to be the jobless black spot of the Borders. The figures for Berwickshire dropped by 32 last month to a total of 750 (15.6 per cent).

t CHirnside Keep Fit Club won the spoils in the Gala Day decorated float competition. The Boxing Club and Cubs/Brownies were second and third.

50 years ago

▼ the Bledisloe Committee think it is “extraordinary” that the area of the River Tweed Commission should extend seaward for five miles - two miles beyond the present British exclusive fishery limits. In their report they state that there appears to be some confusion as to what the law really is. They add that the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Minister may wish to consider whether the Tweed Acts need clarification and examination in the light of modern knowledge and conditions.

▼ in declaring Henderson Park open to the public Provost H D Langmack referred to this lovely retreat, situated in the centre of Coldstream, as a decided asset to the community.

▼ after seven months away, the eight St Abbs men who have been away on a whaling expedition returned home last week. They left for the whaling grounds in October last year, seven of them on board the ‘Southern Venturer’ and one on the ‘Island of South Georgia’.

▼ a “monster” trout, weighing several pounds, has so far defied all the efforts of local and visiting anglers to land it. But at the weekend an Ashington angler almost did the trick. Fishing near Blue Stane Ford, he had the fish “on” and played it for several minutes. But as he was about to land it on a gravel bed it broke loose and swam away. The trout has already several hooks embedded in its mouth, but it has always been the one that got away!

▼ on Friday of this week, the Agricultural Centre at the Old Berwickshire High School, Duns, will be open to the public. This will give those interested in the workings of the centre an opportunity to see what is done there. Attending the agricultural day release classes at the centre are 12 apprentices who are now in their second year and 16 who are in their first year.

▼ some fine sport in brilliant sunshine made Sunday a great day for the thousands of spectators from both sides of the border who attended the motor cycle racing at Charterhall. A four hour programme which included side-car events, kept the crowd’s enthusiasm at a high pitch and even though several of the big names were missing on this occasion, there were some very close finishes.

t only Peebles has a lower birth rate in Scotland than Berwickshire, and only three counties have a higher death rate. These statistics are provided in the quarterly return of the Registrar-General Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland. The estimated population of Berwickshire at December 1960, was 23,000.

t over 150 Wolf Cubs entered the grounds of Duns Castel on Sunday and, led by prominent members of Robin Hood’s outlaw band set off to rescue King Richard who was being held prisoner in St Mary’s Glade.

t in the second match of the Duns Summer Cup, Greenlaw were the winners against Gavinton Redskins, going through into the second round.

t for the first time for a number of years the preliminary festival of the Scottish Community Drama Association, held in Duns, is reported to have made a profit.

t returning to Dunbar after the Scottish Junior Cup final on Saturday night the home team were given an official reception at the Town House by the Town Council.

100 years ago

▼ On Wednesday, in the Red Lion Hotel, Mr Chas. E Annandale, who has been chairman of Ayton Horticultural Society for the past four years, was presented with a handsome case of briar pipes, on leaving for Canada. The case was subscribed for by the committee and was supplied by Mr P Lugton, merchant, Ayton.

▼ THE Pinder Ord Circus visited Chirnside on Saturday night and gave performance. Not withstanding the fact that a great number of people had left the village and district for Berwick Fair, there was a large gathering.

▼ A Public Meeting of the inhabitants of Auchencrow was held in the school on Tuesday to make arrangements for celebrating the Coronation. Adam S Logan, Esq. of Ferney Castle, presided, and in appropriate terms explained the purpose of the meeting. It was unanimously agreed to have a picnic and sports for the children on Coronation Day.

▼ THE farm stock and implements on the farm of Old Ladykirk, about five miles from Coldstream, belonging to Mrs Lyall, were sold on Thursday by Messrs R G and W B Swan, auctioneers, Duns.

▼ A representative Parish Committee has been appointed, and arrangements are being made for a parish picnic at Westruther, a bonfire and fireworks on Lammermoors, the presentation of Coronation mugs to children, and the erection of flagstaff and Union Jack at the school. Nearly £20 has been collected.

▼THE site of the proposed rifle range at Eyemouth was inspected on Wednesday last by Captain Cunningham, from head quarters, who passed it as suitable. The targets were erected on Saturday, and it is expected that the “ping” of the bullets will be heard in a very short time.

▼ On Thursday members of the Eyemouth Angling Club held their annual competition on the Whiteadder, and there was a good turn out of competitors. The river was somewhat low and a bright sun was not conductive to good sport, but nevertheless some fine baskets were obtained.

t on Friday night, Mr Jas Miller, who has been foreman gardener for the past two and a half years at Greenfield Gardens, Greenlaw, received presentation from a number of the gardeners in the district on the occasion of his marriage, and his appointment as head gardener at Eccles. Mr L McLean, in name of the subscribers, made the presentation, which consisted of a marble clock together with a silver teapot for Mr Miller’s intended bride. In doing so, Mr McLean expressed best wishes of the gardening fraternity in the district for Mr Miller’s future success and happiness.

t The Whitsunday term falling on Sunday, yesterday was the legal term day on which “flitting” took place. In the district there was a considerable number of removals, and on Sunday night and early on Monday morning the carts for distant “flitters” began to rumble through the towns. Luckily the weather was of the best (Sunday was the warmest day of the season) and flitting was carried through under the best atmospheric conditions.

t Certain places in the Kingdom are claiming the oldest living Officer of British Volunteers, but there seems little doubt that the senior surviving Volunteer Officer is a native, and a Freeman, of Berwick-Upon-Tweed - Stephen Sanderson, D.L. solicitor, Berwick, and Clerk of the peace for Northumberland. He was sworn in as a member of the old Berwick Volunteer Artillary on February 8, 1860 - 51 years ago.