25 years ago
▼ HERCULES the Bear has been given permission to come to Berwickshire later this year after all. Berwickshire District Council’s Environmental Services Committee earlier this month recommended that a ban be slapped on Hercules appearing at Duns and District’s Round Table’s annual July Spree. But last week, at a meeting of the full council, Councillors voted 8-3 in favour of the crowd-pulling bear being the star attraction at the popular fundraising event held in Duns Public Park.
▼ GREENLAW is to continue to have a practising doctor. That’s the good news which has been revealed by the Borders Health Board. The medical practice in the village is to become vacant when Dr Fingland retires this July and fears have been expressed by people living in the area about the possibility of a replacement not being sought. The Health Board, however, have allayed these fears by agreeing that the practice is ‘an essential one’ and that the vacancy should be advertised.
▼ A LARGE crowd turned out in Market Square, Duns, on Friday evening to witness the installation of the principals for this year’s Duns Summer Festival. 1987 Reiver Steven Hutchison, of Blinkbonny Gardens was the only nomination for the post but there were two nominations for Reiver’s Lass with Julie Redpath of Glebe Park being declared the winner after a ballot. The 1987 Wynsome Mayde will be Shona Turnbull of Hawthorn Bank.
t OVER 40 soldiers of the legendary Gurkha regiment are encamped in the Lammermuir Hills this week dismantling and eventually rebuilding an old footbridge which forms part of the Southern Upland Way at Abbey St Bathans.
50 years ago
▼ JIm Clark, the Berwickshire farmer, scored a great win for Britain and boosted British prestige considerably by winning the Aintree 200 in record-breaking time on Saturday. Clark, whose racing performances have put him among the best drivers in the country, raced away in brilliant style to win the event in a Lotus Climax, and in achieving a new record time he beat the Ferrari competition.
▼ DETAILS of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Borders were released this week. The Royal couple will spend eight hours in the area, in the course of which they will visit five towns in Roxburghshire and one in Berwickshire (Coldstream) and will cover a total of 60 miles.
▼ ONE of the largest crowds for a number of years watched a fine afternoon’s racing at Charterhall on Sunday for the first meeting of the season. There was a record car entry and competitors from the north east of England did particularly well. Although the spectators were entertained with a fine afternoon’s sport with a number of close finishes and exciting races, there were fortunately no spills.
t MANDERSTON opened their summer fixtures with a match at home against R.G Wilson’s XI at the weekend. They should have opened the season the previous week at belford but weather conditions resulted in the postponement of the match, Their match on Saturday resulted in a home victory by 88 runs to 62 and with D.Thomson their sixth man making the highest score of the day. He ended up 23 before being caught by J.Calder .
100 years ago
▼ AN unfortunate accident occurred in Chirnside on Monday. A young man was cycling over Chirnside Mill, when at the place known as Lockie’s corner, a little girl about three years old, ran across the road and thinking she was in the way of the cycle went to run back again. The young man at the same time swerved to clear the girl and collided with her, knocking her down. She was unconscious for some time but has made a good recovery. The cyclist sustained a severe wound to the head.
▼ COLDSTREAM and Duns were to have played at Union Park, Tweedmouth, on Thursday night for four border Amateur League points. The match, which would have decided the championship, had generated a lot of interest but a telegram was received on Thursday afternoon from Mr Wallace, the Duns secretary, stating ‘Match off: Coldstream refuse to play’. It appears Coldstream were unable to raise a team for the game.
▼ THE East Coast Disaster memorial, to be erected in Eyemouth Churchyard, has now been finished by the sculptor Mr Taggart. It is carved out of Kenney granite and represents a broken mast, anchor and a lifebuoy. It is expected that the dedication ceremony will take place in the middle of May.