25 years ago
▼ A PUBLIC Local Inquiry into the proposed Cockburnspath Bypass now looks likely - delaying the scheme even further. Mr Archy Kirkwood, MP for Roxburgh and Berwickshire at the time, last week asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr Malcolm Rifkind, whether he could determine the length of time he thought would be necessary to deal with the objections lodged on the revised draft Trunk Road Orders for the scheme
▼ A NUMBER of farmers were given strong warnings aout slurry pollution, the recently published Tweed River Purification Board annual report reveals. “Difficulties were also experienced with the control of farm slurry at a number of upland farms,” commented the report. “The problem is mainly one of inadequate slurry storage capacity, but this is aggravated during snow with access difficulties to generally steep ground for spreading. Large inflows of surface water also contribute during the subsequent thaw, and some overflows inevitably occur.”
▼ THE Duns Branch of the Royal British Legion (Scotland) are one of the first to provide facilities for youth with the building of a new extension to their Club premises.
50 years ago
▼ Jim Clark, who farms Edington Mains, near Berwick is proving hiimself the fastest man on the racing tracks of the world at the present time. Last week, in the Dutch Grand Prix, and again on Sunday at Nurburgring, Clark was first away, built up a magnificent lead and then dropped back with mechanical trouble in his Lotus. Competing against the top men in the sport, Clark has twice shot away from the grid to establish a first-bend lead and has gone on to increase it with every lap.
▼ WHILE looking for flowers in the garden of an empty cottage at Trottenshaw near Longformacus, Duns, Mr Allan Welsh, shepherd at Trottenshaw came across what he though to be an unexploded missile. Mr Welsh caught sight of the narrow end of the missile sticking out of the ground near to the front of the house. He unearthed it with his foot and then reported his find to the Duns Police Station.
100 years ago
▼ Writing on the late Mr Stead, journalist, native of Embleton, near Berwick, lost in the Titanic Disaster, Viscount Esher says: “It is a curious and humiliating reflection that such a man, so disinterested and so patriotic, could for 40 years ardently promote everything that is noblest and best in the life of his country without receiving any public mark or recognition of his National and Imperial work. I once said to General Gordon, “You appear to me always walking with God.” He replied, “Some of us do. Look at Stead”
▼ THERE were heavy hailstorms in Greenlaw on Tuesday morning and water barrels were covered with ice an eighth of an inch thick.