25 years ago
▼ THE national message of a swing away from the Conservatives was reflected in the Borders when the regional elections were held on Thursday. However, in an area where personality counts for more than political labels, Borderers may have to wait until later this week to find out who is in charge. The election resulted in 10 candidates under the Independent banner being elected, along with six Conservatives, two Lib/SDP Alliance, one Scottish National Party, three ‘no ticket candidates’ and one ‘Border Independent’. This means the way that the Alliance, SNP and Border Independent members line up could be crucial.
t PIPER William Kinghorn of Duke Street, Coldstream, played his way to success when he won a national solo competition at his first attempt. William (68), a member of the Merse Pipers, Chirnside, won the veteran solo section in the British Legion (Scotland) competition in Edinburgh. His renderings of ‘Leaving Glenurquhart’ won him the Ind Coope Shield which will be proudly displayed in the Coldstream branch’s showcase.
t A LAUNCHING jetty at the Whiteadder Reservoir and the provision of an artificial climbing wall at Duns Sports Complex are just two suggestions to be put forward by the Berwickshire District Sports Council for consideration under a new scheme which the Scottish Sports Council hope to get off the ground.
t BERWICKSHIRE District Council’s environmental services committee have expressed strong opposition to the suggestion that they should pay £2,000 per annum for the lease of the Volunteer Hall in Duns. The lease on the hall expires on December 31, 1987 and correspondence has taken place over a period of months with the agents for the Lowland Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve Association, the proprietors of the hall with a view to discussing the possible renewal of the lease for a further period. The rental contained in the present lease is £120 gross which, after deduction for use of part of the hall by the proprietors, results in a net rental figure of £96 per annum.
t A PROPOSED housing scheme for young single people in Chapel Street, Eyemouth, was approved in principle by Berwickshire District Council’s housing committee, although without an estimate of the cost, there is little the council can do at the moment. The scheme, drawn up by architect, Allan Swan of Bain and Swan architects, was presented to councillors at last week’s meeting. It includes seven bedsit apartments and two flats with separate bedrooms.
t CONSTRUCTION work on the first reactor at Torness Nuclear Power Station, which is due to start producing commercial power early next year, is now virtually complete with work on the second reactor 82 per cent finished say the South of Scotland Electricity Board. An extensive programme of combined engineering tests, which must take place, before the reactor starts to produce power, commenced in January. They will confirm that the reactor plant meets all its design objectives.
t A BERWICKSHIRE farmer led Scotland’s cricket team to a historic first ever victory in the coveted Benson and Hedges Cup. Richard Swan, son of the Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Lt Col. W.B.Swan and Mrs Swan, of Blackhouse, Duns, captained the Scottish cricket 11 to a famous win over Lancashire at the weekend. Richard returned as captain of the side after a leg injury and handled his bowlers well. In addition he played a fine innings of 31, featuring in a stand of 52 for the second wicket with Ian Philip.
t CHIRNSIDE Football Club are to apply for membership of the East of Scotland League next season. The Berwickshire side are one of six clubs hoping to get into the league at the East of Scotland Annual General Meeting on May 29. The others are Berwick Rangers Reserves, Selkirk, Pencaitland, Newtongrange and Annan Athletic.
50 years ago
▼ THOUSANDS of tons or rock and soil are about to crash down over the road which links Cowdrait with Burnmouth and the main routes beyond. This weekend, county council workmen helped to bring down some of the overhanging rock which has been threatening to block the road for some weeks, while indignant housewives ask “When is something going to be done to help us?”
t BY 18 votes to six, Berwickshire County Council, at a meeting held in Duns on Wednesday, agreed to go ahead with the erection of new county buildings at Lanark Lodge. The council agreed to go ahead with two phases of the building at a cost of £65,000. It was stated that by doing this they were really saving £10,000.
t THIS year the entries for the Duns branch of the British Legion Summer Cup are up on the previous year. There are 24 entries. On Saturday the kick-off for the season will take place in the public park when Greenlaw FC will meet Gavinton Redskins.
t HEAVY baskets have been achieved on the Whitadder, Blackadder and Eye, during the past week. Trout are in fairly good condition, the streams have risen and fallen with the heavy showers.
t FALSE Bay, the hope from Berwickshire which impressed this season at the point-to-point races, hit the headlines at Kelso Races on Wednesday. Brilliantly ridden by Mr G MacMillan, the gelding won the Buccleuch Cup from odds-on favourite, High Interest.
t TRAFFIC Commissioners are to be contacted about a proposal by the SMT to take off a bus service to Longformacus and to Preston on Tuesday evenings. Rural transport, said Baillie Roberston, had a dire t effect on depopulation. If there was no transport, people would go. When workders were being employed they always asked if there was a bus service to Duns. the fewer the buses the fewer the people trading in Duns.
t the mileage run by Post Office vehicles attached to the head post office at Duns in 1960 reached 200,000 miles. This was revealed by the head postmaster Mr J G Gillan when he presented safe driving awards in the sorting office at the Post Office.
t ONE of the longest courts in years will open at Berwick on May 18, when two Burnmouth fishermen face charges of alleged poaching for salmon within the five mile limit laid down by the River Tweed Act. They will appear before magistrates and the hearing is expected to last throughout Thursday and on into Friday. The summonses have been issued on behalf of the River Tweed Commissioners and follow raids made by their bailiffs on fishing boats coming in to Burnmouth and to Seahouses in January.
t DUNS Town Council has received a letter from the Department of Health stating that the burgh will be added to the list of places to which the Board of Trade will direct the attention of industrialists, but no guarantee can be given that it will be possible to attract suitable industry to the area.
t A further oubreak of dry rot in the Boston Hall, Duns, was reported at a meeting of Duns Town Council on Friday.
t scotland has entered a strong team for the International Daily Express Sheep Dog Trials in London’s Hyde Park at Whitsun. One of the them, 49 year old William Hislop, of Coltcrooks Farm, Gordon, was Scottish Championin 1948 and 1959. His dogs have plenty of work to do - there are 600 sheep on his 340 acre farm.
t a FINE goal by centre forward John Hunter gave Duns a lucky win over Coldstream at Home Park on Saturday. It was an undistinguished game, with the home side going enough to earn a draw. Final result: Coldstream 2 Duns 3.
100 years ago
▼Hon Mrs Askew-Robertson, of Ladykirk, who has been unable to procure a band for the Coronation Day, has decided to celebrate the event the day following, and has engaged Coldstream Silver Band and Kelso Pipe Band.
t Application has been made by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to the Postmaster General to have direct telephonic communication between Dunbar and St Abbs.
t A public meeting, presided over by Mr Rankin, chairman of parish council, was held in Ayton school on Monday last, when it was unanimously resolved to celebrate locally the Coronation of his Majesty the King by holding of a parish picnic - the time of day and place of meeting to be fixed later.
t At a meeting of Coldstream Corronation Committee it was decided to obtain 500 mugs and 500 medals, one of each to be given to every child in the parish. The deserving poor will by arrangement receive tickets for a supply of goods. It was also agreed that public bodies and societies be invited to meet at the Town Hall, and headed by the towns silver band, march to the Market Square where a short religious servce will be held.
t Foulden and District Rifle Shooting Club - The new range was inspected recently by war office authority. Official sanction to use the range has now been received. The members open the season tomorrow with the first weekly competition. The club have now got the new peep-sights fixed to the rifles. Any young men over 16 are eligible for membership, the subscription being 1s.
t The committee of the Swinton Games (commonly called the Box Meeting) have, owing to the nearness of their annual sports to the Coronation day, decided not to hold the games this year.
t The new nurse, Nurse Smith from Sunderland, arrived on Wednesday, and took up her duties in connection with the newly formed Eyemouth Association.
t The parish clerk of Greelaw, Mr John Williamson, has taken the census of the parish, four times. He was appointed to Greenlaw Parish School in October 1861, and just a few months after the census was taken that year, Mr Williamson, who retired from the teachership in 1904, is still hale and hearty.
t mr W H Askew, The Laws, has purchased the two extensive farms of Little Swinton and Swinton Hill from the trustees of the late Mr McNab, Swinton. The farms adjoin the estate of Ladykirk and Ruthven.
t at the “riding of the bounds” last week at Berwick, the refreshments were, by the Mayor’s orders, restricted to two bottle of beer and two sandwiches. Looks as though some riders had gone beyond the bounds heretofore.
t on Thursday about 3pm fire broke out in the stackyard of Mr James Calder, farmer, Bogend. Through the timely observation of the farm employees, the progress of the flames was confined to seven stacks of wheat. which unfortunately were completely burned. The loss,we understand, is covered by insurance.
t crab fishing at the Cove has been very poor this week. Seals are very plentiful at the Cove and often shot at, but always escape.