Fancy dress at the 1986 Gordon Gala 1571
Fancy dress at the 1986 Gordon Gala 1571
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25 years ago

▼ CONCERN has been expressed about reports of a number of dead lobsters off the Eyemouth, Burnmouth and St Abbs coast.

At Friday’s Tweed River Purification Board meeting in Galashiels, Regional Councillor Peter Fishbourne said he had not made full enquiries yet to substantiate the claims regarding the dead lobsters, but revealed that concern had been expressed about possible pollution causing the deaths.

▼ Duns Community Council are “absolutely flabergasted” at the actions of their local Regional Councillor Michaelle Burns Greig, who, after campaigning strongly against the proposed building of sheltered hosing on the former Boston Hall site which is included in the Berwickshire Local Plan, used her casting vote to have the Plan passed at last week’s Planning Committee meeting. At an informal meeting of the community Council, held on Monday evening, to inform members of what had happened.

t BORDERERS representing the world of agriculture, the forces and public service, were included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced at the weekend. Bruce Cowe of Oldcastles, near Chirnside, was made MBE for services to Border farming, forestry and conservation in Berwickshire. Among others to be awarded an MBE are Ayton man Major George Wood, Quartermaster with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers; Catherine Hogg who has spent all of her working life teaching in Berwickshire and the surrounding district.

▼ THE village of Reston was a hive of activity throughout last week as locals joined in the 1986 Reston Gala Week festivities. Following last Sunday’s colourful crowning of the 1986 Gala Queen, 12 year old Ann Sadler, events for all ages were held in the village hall during the course of last week. Monday saw the Children’s Games Night in the Village Hall and an excellent entry took part in the Children’s Sports at Ladeside Park on Tuesday night. The children competed in various different races. The various competitions at Wednesday night’s Coffee Evening and Beetle Drive also attracted an excellent entry.

▼ FISHERMEN at Eyemouth made a surprise catch last week when they hauled in the propeller from a World War II German bomber. Before it was decided whether the propeller should go to a local museum, or be claimed by the Royal Air Force, it lay on Eyemouth harbour as a reminder of the devastation which hit the coast more than 45 years ago. Thought to belong to one of the bombers which hit Clydebank, residents believe that the plane crashed just off Eyemouth pier while it staggered out to sea after the raid. Retired fishing merchant and lecturer Jack Marshall, who lives in Eyemouth, said the propeller was the first of its kind to be invented and added that he believed it to have come from a 1940 German aircraft.

▼ BORDERS Regional Council’s social work committee nailed its colours to the financial mast on Tuesday. All of the members want the committee to go ahead with its number one priority, which is the scheduled replacement of its outdated residential home for old folk, starting with Berwickshire’s Peelwalls. But they were up against the financial reality of the decision by the Scottish Office they would not be allowed to borrow enough to fiance the replacement of their Peelwalls home through its successor in Eyemouth either in this, or the next financial year.

▼ BERWICk soccer fans took special pleasure in watching England defeat Poland by 3-0 in their crucial World Cup qualifying match last week for one of the stars was local boy Trevor Steven of Everton. Trevor, who received good luck messages from his former schools, Tweedmouth Middle School and Berwick High, before leaving with the England squad for Mexico, made his World Cup debut against the Poles and was involved in the play leading up to his first two goals, scored by his Everton team mate Gary Lineker.

50 years ago

▼ A HOMING pigeon always returns - even if it’s a year late! That’s what Mr A Virtue, chairman of Chirnside Homing Society is thinking after a red checker cock returned to his loft 367 days after it had been liberated from France. The bird had flown the English Channel in good time in eight different races. But on the ninth occasion a year ago, it was lost, having failed to return to its loft from Rennes. It was liberated in a race which cost the lives of hundreds of pigeons in a severe electrical storm.

t WHEN the planning and property and works committee met at Duns on Wednesday, they noted the medical officer of health’s disagreement with a decision of the committee in granting a caravan licence at Acredale Farm, Eyemouth, without any condition as to the provision of sanitary facilities.

t EAST Berwickshire Angling Association held its annual competition on Thursday, when some good catches were achieved.

t BERWICK Rangers may sign an ex-Scottish international, and they have lost their skipper, John Rugg, to Queen of the South. Manager Jim McIntosh said: “Three or four offers have been made to Archie Robertson, the Clyde and scotland inside forward. But I have spoken to him, made an offer, and he is very interested.”

t WITH a sensational scoring burst in the last half hour, Coldstream romped away to win their first round replay against Beadnell Sts, in the Charities Cup Competition on Thursday.

t OVER 200 workers at the woollen mill at Earlston were informed on Friday that it would be August before full time work was possible. A director of the firm stated that only a skeleton staff would be employed meantime. For many of the workers it was unemployment for the first time in a lifetime.

t AT a meeting of Berwickshire Planning and Property and Works Committee held at Duns on Wednesday, it was reported a petition had been received against the committee’s granting of permission for the erection of cattle courts at Birgham Haugh. A petition had been lodged signed by 12 people which was against the committee’s decision to grant planning permission.

t WEDNESDAY was again a big day for the old folk of Chirnside, Allanton and Chirnside Bridge and district, when the annual outing organised by a nuymber of local Chirnside ladies again proved to be a great success. The venue this year was South Queensferry and the journey was per SMT buses. The company of about 75 travelled through the western part of Berwickshire, Edinburgh and Dalkeith where about 1pm they arrived at South Queensferry.

t in making the new assessments the assessor did not appear to have taken intou consideration the depopulation of the area and the lack of business, said Councillor Mrs D A J Burns, at the monthly meeting of Duns Town Council. In other areas there were more people in the houses bringing in money, but in this area there were fewer people with less incomes, she said.

t WORK started last week on a new phase in restoring Berwick’s Georgian Town Hall, which is regarded as an outstanding architectural building. Men have begun the task of repairing the interior and the windows on the east side of the building, the vast majority of which has been put right in recent year and which has been inspected by the Queen and Prince Philip.

100 years ago

▼ On Thursday, Mr James Waite, Duns, an assistant in the Burgh Assessor’s Office, Edinburgh, was the recipient of a handsome silver salver subscribed for by the staff on his retiral after 36 years’ service. Mr James Smart, the Assessor, made the presentation in a few well-chosen remarks. Mr Waite in his reply stated that the present Assessor was the fourth under whom he had served since he entered the service of the Coorporation in 1875.

▼ Following the long, continued drought, heavy rains fell on Friday night and Saturday and Sabbath day, accompanied at intervals by thunder and lightning. During the last week the themometer registered 5 and 6 degrees of frost, and some of the early garden potatoes were frosted.

▼ At a public meeting held a short time ago at Leitholm, a large committee was formed for the purpose of securing subscriptions and drawing up a programme for the Coronation rejoicings. The efforts of the Committee have been most successful. Mrs Hunter of Antons Hill has agreed to provide coronation mugs for all the children in Leitholm district. Mr Little of Stainrigg will provide fireworks. The liberal contributions, heartily shared in by the while community, have enabled the committee to make generous provision for an excellent day’s enjoyment.

▼ On Saturday, June 10, a party of boys and masters from the Berwickshire High School went on a geographical and surveying expedition to Blackrig. The start was made by the 9.40 train from Duns. On reaching Marchmont the part alighted and turned up the hill leading to the village of Polwarth. The first halt was called near the railway curve, and some of the difficulties in railway construction, and the way in which these difficulties were overcome were discussed. The OS map was also compared with the actual features represented on it. After a walk of about a quarter of a mile, the Kirk field was entered, where surveying was begun.

▼ Rather a strange place for a wasps nest was discovered the other day in an empty petrol case belonging to Mr D Dickman, Greenlaw. While he was removing some empty petrol cases, Mr Dickman discovered a wasps nest, partly formed, despite the strong smell of the petrol.

t During the spring months a large ambulance class in connection with the Red Cross Society has been conducted in Foulden School by Dr Taylor, Ayton. The ambulance pupils were drawn from the Parishes of Foulden, Mordington and Hutton, from which the lower Whitadder voluntary aid detchment of the Red Cross Society is recruited. Some weeks ago an examination was held and on Friday evening, the successful members of the class, with some friends, met in the lecture room to receive their certificates.