10 years ago
▼ lawyers in the Borders have set out their stall against the creation of a “supercourt” in the Borders to replace the existing courts in Jedburgh, Duns, Selkirk and Peebles. Ian Burke, secretary of Solicitors in the Shires of Selkirk and Peebles, said he and his colleagues were shocked to learn that the creation of a single new facility, situated in the Galashiels/Newtown St Boswells area, was still “a preferred option” of the Scottish Court Service (SCS).
▼ whistle blowers at Scottish Borders Council have been given an assurance that they will not be victimised, provided their complaints are not frivolous or malicious.
25 years ago
▼ a “potentially very serious” pollution hazard has been identified at the Chirnside Sawmill in Berwickshire. The problem is said to be in the firm’s wood preservation plant which is unbunded and showing signs of corrosion in the mixing/storage tanks. There is also evidence of leaking pump sets causing problems.
50 years ago
t THREE members of Coldstream Town Council are not to be officially presented to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Market Square when they visit the town on July 5. Only five of the eight council members will be presented - in spite of protests made by the Provost and by the council as a whole.
t JIM Clark of Edington Mains, the Berwickshire farmer-racing driver, drove his Lotus V.8 to victory in the 280 mile Belgian Grand Prix to record his first ever win in a Grand Prix race on Sunday.
100 years ago
t THE 63rd annual competition of Duns Working Men’s Fishing Club took place on Whitadder and tributaries on Monday. The water was in fair order, but the day was unpropitious, a heavy mist hanging over the water.
t ON farms around Berwickshire mushrooms are this year being specially cultivated as a part of the crops. This is a distinctly new and popular development. Some farms in the Gordon district were the first in the county to take up mushroom culture.