Looking Back

Brownies at Ayton Gala Day, 1987.
Brownies at Ayton Gala Day, 1987.

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 was still “a preferred option” of the Scottish Court Service.

t 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. A national code of conduct is already in force for Scottish local government employees but following the inquiries into the problems within the council’s education department which revealed a £3.9 million overspend and led to an on-going court case, the code has been expanded.

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 unbounded and showing signs of corrosion in the mixing/storage tanks. There is also evidence of leaking pump sets. The site is served by a drain which discharges above the Whiteadder Water about 100m away.

50 years ago

▼ Main line traffic was delayed last week when a tanker, containing 37 tons of concrete, jumped the track and tore up sleepers for morethan 120 yards at Marshall Meadows, Berwick.

t BY the chairman’s casting vote, Berwickshire Education Committee at a meeting in Duns on Tuesday reversed their previous decision not to close Fogo and Polwarth Schools.

t THE Scottish Education Department has informed Berwickshire Education Committee of the help that will be required in connection with the ingathering of the potato harvest this year.

100 years ago

▼ BERWICK and Borders Farmers’ Association held a special meeting on Saturday, to consider and sanction steps being taken to form, in Northumberland a Rural Workers’ Friendly Society or a branch of the Scottish Workers Friendly Society. There was a large attendance of farmers at the meeting.

t A DEPUTY representing the associations of both line and drift net fishermen on the coasts of both England and Scotland had an interview with the Secretary of State for Scotland last week with the view of urging the Government to take steps to prohibit trawling for herring.