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Ayton AFC team from 1986
Ayton AFC team from 1986

25 years ago

▼ Berwickshire District Council’s Environmental Services Committee are refusing to pay ten fold increase in rent for the Volunteer Hall, Duns, suggested by the Lowland and Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve Association.

t Fire extensively damaged a hotel in St Abbs at the weekend.About 7.40am on Saturday, an outbreak of fire was discovered at the Haven Cottage Hotel. The fire had started in the kitchen area and the fire service and police attended. The fire was brought under control but there was extensive damage to the kitchen, bedrooms and the roof. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

t Berwickshire District Council’s Environmental Services Committee have put forward a recommendation to the full council that they implement a ban on having goldfish as prizes at fairgrounds on Council property. This follows a request from Mrs Morag Boustead, Chairman of the Borders Animal Welfare Association asking the Council to put a ban on the practice of giving live animals as prizes.

▼ Around a hundred Polish ex servicemen will converge on Duns next Sunday for the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of the Polish War Memorial in Duns Park. An invitation to attend the ceremony has been extended to all former members of the 1st and 2nd Polish Armoured Division who were based at Duns and Kelso in 1942, and under General Maczaec, Commanding Officer, who, it is hoped, will be attending.

t Young Donna Hogarth from Gordon spent an afternoon as a clown with the Austin Brothers Circus recently thanks to the Committee of Gordon Civic Week and the Gordon Community Association. During Gordon’s Civic Week festivities in June, the Committee asked the local School children to put their requests into a box at the school and it was hoped that all their requests could be carried out. There were approximately 25 requests and all have now been done apart from one which will be done very soon when a young lad will spend a day working on a farm during the harvest.

t Sea gulls could be culled in Eyemouth next year in a bid to stop them attacking people and being a hazard. The town’s Community Council agreed last week to ‘take whatever action was necessary’ to cull the gulls. This could result in mature nesting gulls being destroyed, together with nest clutch eggs. During the recent nesting season a number of people were attacked in and around Eyemouth by protective gulls. The gulls also caused problems for television engineers in the town, who found themselves in danger of being attacked when they were up on roofs installing or adjusting aerials.

▼ During the summer holiday period, Manderstons young cricketers carried out a full match programme of matches against opposition from as far a field as Newcastle and Edinburgh. These games provided enjoyable and useful experience for many young players and it is hoped that coaching can be continued during the coming winter. The new cricket nets, which have been installed at the sports centre at Berwickshire High School are excellent.

▼ A GOAL in the 88th minute gave Ayton a deserved draw against Gala Hotspur at the weekend. Hotspur got off to a dream start when a shot from just inside the Ayton half after only 15 seconds found the back of the net. But Ayton hit back in the ninth minute when Robert Kerr scored direct from a corner. The visitors regained the lead through a low shot in the 59th minute, but Ayton fought back once again and, after David Gullan and John Lauder had come close with efforts, Wayne Davie powered an unstoppable volley into the net with two minutes remaining.

50 years ago

▼ OVER 200 people, most of them fishermen, attending a protest meeting at Eyemouth on Friday evening, approved five proposals on which opposition to the Government’s Bill to ban drift netting for salmon should be based. A ‘protest’ committee was formed to discuss ways and means of opposing the Government’s proposals. The five proposals are: that a full inquiry should be held into whether or nor salmon stocks are depleted; an inquiry into the effects of depletion of all kinds of netting for salmon; that the Tweed Act should be amended; that consideration be given to the introduction of a close season; and that the Government consider setting up their own hatcheries on the Tweed to maintain salmon stocks. The fishermen were advised to negotiate rather than fight.

▼ WITH suitable weather conditions prevailing, a start was made on the grain harvest on many farms around Coldstream last week and combines were in full swing. Reports are that there is a good yield of grain, and conditions for combining seem very favourable.

▼ coldstream who had shown considerable promise with their young team last season, made a bright start to the new campaign on Saturday when the beat the Spartans more easily the 3-0 score would suggest.

▼ ABOUT 80 members of the Berwickshire Agricultural Machinery Club visited Duns Mill Farm last Friday to inspect a new grain drier and storage bin installation. The visit was arranged by kind permission of Messrs M and J Borthwick who farm Duns Mill and West Printonan.

▼ THE future of Berwick and District Motor Club is in the balance. Membership has fallen by half, the club is finding increasing difficulty in finding members willing to help at events, and in order to learn whether there is sufficient demand for the continuation of the club directors are circulating a questionnaire to test the feelings of the members.

▼ NO one could predict what would emerge from the process of negotiation, but the Union’s job would have to be to see that the spirit and the substance of the Government’s pledge to maintain the prosperity of British agriculture and horticulture were fulfilled, Berwickshire farmers were told at a general meeting of the Mid and East Berwickshire Area branch of the National Farmers Union of Scotland held in the Boston Hall, Duns. The speaker was Mr D Scott Johnston of the Union’s headquarters staff, who was speaking on the European Common Market.

t BERWICK Auction Mart Co Ltd held their annual sale of ‘Top’ Cheviot and Blackfaced lambs at Reston on Tuesday, in conjunction with their sale of all other classes of lambs, when they sold 4,271, being 600 more than last year.

100 years ago

▼ THE occupants of a motor car and a motor cycle had a narrow escape on Friday on the North Road, Dunbar. The motor cyclist, seated behind whom was another gentleman on the rest, in taking the corner collided with a motor car travelling along the main road. The motor cycle crashed into the car and was practically wrecked, but the riders, and also the occupants of the car, escaped almost unhurt. Another motor car coming up behind at the time was very fortunate in avoiding a second collision.

t Ideal weather has characterised the harvest season in Berwickshire this year. Not for a good many years has there been cutting in August, not to mention leading in. On one of the crofts in Greenlaw, which has been in the tenancy of Mr James Henderson for a very long period, the grain was cut in the month of August for the first time in 65 years. it has also been led in. Cutting in the hill district is also proceeding briskly, this being unprecedentedly early.

▼ A 15-year-old farmer’s son of Gunsgreen, Eyemouth, while playing on the lawn before the farm house, was struck by a rifle bullet, supposed to have been fired from a shooting party in the neighbouring estate of Netherbyres. The bullet penetrated the lad’s stomach, and he was rendered unconscious. He lies in a critical condition.

t From the well-known Edinburgh publishing firm of David Douglas (10 Castle Street) comes an important and valuable addition to the library of Border naturalists, “A Fauna of The Tweed Area” by Mr A Evans. Bound in dark green cloth, its external qualities are worthy of the house from which it comes, and worthy of the wealth of its contents; and this is how it should be, for the book (the price of which is 30s) is characterised by such accuracy and fulness that it will be used and prized by a generation of naturalists as a stand work of reference.

t THe return tennis match between Eyemouth and Foulden was played at Foulden on Thursday, a company of about 20 driving over from Eyemouth. Play started at 2 o’clock, and at an interval the ladies of the Foulden Club provided tea, in addition to which the visitors were entertained to further refreshments before leaving. A shower during the afternoon made play during the later stages somewhat disagreeable. A closely contested match ended in favour of Eyemouth by seven sets, 58 games, 5 sets, 51 games.

t We understand that it is proposed to hold a concert in the Town Hall, Eyemouth ion Friday evening, for the purpose of raising a reserve fund for the DIstrict Nursing Association. Among those who have kindly promised their services are the Misses Chapman, Milne Home and Pitt Soper, Messrs Dudgeon, Finlayson and Scott, while the Misses Marrow will appear in duologue entitled “Miss Honey’s Treasure” With such an attractive programme for so deserving an object, may we express the hope that the concert will be well patrionized.

t The Reston Quioting Club has finished play for the season, which has been a very successful one. A keen competition took place for a silver cup, presented by Mr Scott, saddler, which must be won thrice before it becomes the winners property. The prizes for the last two competitions were presented by various merchants in the village, to whom the committee tender sincere thanks.

t Mr James McLeod, who has been a devoted farm-worker for the greater part of his life, finally retired the other day from his agricultural pursuit. Mr McLeod is a native of Eyemouth and recently attained the age of 85 years. He is still in robust health, and one might take him for a man who had not lived within a quarter of a century of his period of existence.