Looking Back

Fancy dress at Reston Gala Day
Fancy dress at Reston Gala Day

25 years ago

▼ the access road to Cove Harbour, Berwickshire, is to be fenced off in two sections, and as secure a gate as can be reasonably provided put across the entrance. And this will happen as soon as possible. Members of the Region’s planning committee were warned last week that the road, threatened by earth slippage in the past, was in an even more dangerous situation now.

▼ THE past week has seen a variety of activities and events which have made up the Chirnside Civic Week programme. The events were well supported and enjoyed by all age groups. The week’s festivities commenced last Sunday with the colourful crowning of Gala Queen Louise Rankine followed by the very successful Professional Games.

▼ A RECORD number of 35 athletes took part in the top event of the Eyemouth Road Races last Wednesday evening. The Senior Race of six miles was a closely fought affair with J. Ross of HELP winning by just 17 seconds from Alnwick Harrier L. Atkinson. The awards were handed out by reigning Herring Queen Miss B. Webb.

50 years ago

t THIS summer the BBC in Scotland plans to visit 13 towns up and down the country, and the first of these is Eyemouth. The two day operation, Thursday and Friday, has a dual purpose - to bring something of the BBC to the people of Eyemouth and district, and to take away something of Eyemouth that listenersto the Scottish Home Service will be able to enjoy at a later date.

t IN connection with Greenlaw annual games which will be held this year on Saturday, June 30, the games committee have organised several events to take place beforehand, including a car treasure hunt.

t THE annual inspection of the Berwickshire Army Cadets Force took place last week when Brigadier J.C. Monteith, MC Commanding 155 Infantry Brigade, inspected platoons at Duns, Chirnside, Ayton, Lauder and Earlston. The Brigadier said he was very pleased with the turn-out of the cadets.

100 years

t ON Saturday about noon smoke was seen coming from a portion of the roof of Hirsel House and examination showed that fire was raging in the box-room. Coldstream Fire Brigade was telephoned for and went to the scene with great promptitude. Hirsel fire-hose was brought into play. Mr Sellar, factor for the estate, and Mr Brewar, house steward, along with a band of willing workers, soon subdued the fire, but considerable damage has been done. It is supposed some sparks from the kitchen vent caused the fire.

t A LARGER number of flitters than usual passed through Greenlaw on Tuesday. Flitters passed before midnight and a steady flow continued right on till about midday on Tuesday. There were many exhcnages in the town. The public school was closed for the week. The tide of emigration has not yet ceased to flow, several families left on Saturday week for Canada.

t DUNS Football Club held a social evening at their headquarters, Hunt inn, Newtown Street, on Tuesday evening last to celebrate their being champions of the Border Amateur League and winning the handsome Askew Trophy.