Strawberry picking at Northfield Farm, St Abbs (neg2144)
Strawberry picking at Northfield Farm, St Abbs (neg2144)

25 years ago

▼ A LARGE and excited crowd, cheering and waving their Union Jacks, welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to East Lothian yesterday, where she officially opened Lammermuir House, the Civil Servant Benevolent Fund’s new home/convalescent centre at Dunbar. Her Majesty arrived at Lammermuir House to a rousing cheer from the crowd. She was received by the Earl of Wemyss and March, Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian and the Countess of Wemyss and March. The National Anthem was played by the band of the Royal Scots.

▼ RADIATION levels increased considerably in Berwickshire following the Chernobyl disaster. But the figures throughout the district were still very low. In a report on a Radioactivity Baseline Monitoring Scheme carried out over the past year by Berwickshire District Council, it is revealed that radiation levels in one part of the district increased by nearly 30 times following the nuclear accident in Russia. This substantial increase was in a sediment taken at Eyemouth, where the figure went from 10,94 becquerels in April to 309.2 becquerels in June.

▼ berwickshire’s top amateur boxer is this week nursing his bitter disappointment following a veto by the Commonwealth Games Federation which prevented him from gaining his full Scottish International Vest. Ian Duff, the top class heavyweight from Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club, was chosen to represent Scotland in a Mini International competition in Edinburgh. However, after much tooing and froing the Games Federation finally vetoed the whole thing, leaving Ian, his fellow Scottish boxers and boxers from England, Wales and Ireland shocked and disappointed.

▼ TWO men rescued a woman from the sea at Coldingham on Friday. Phylis Cunningham of Whitecross was in the sea at Coldingham Bay when she ran into difficulties. She was assisted from the water by beachguard Douglas Archer and Terence Robinson of the St Veda’s Hotel and taken by ambulance to Berwick Infirmary apparently suffering from hypothermia.

▼ A STUDENT cycled into Berwickshire on Friday at the halfway point of an 800 mile sponsored ride for Africa. Aidan Anderson, a dentistry student from the Wirral, cycled across Coldstream Bridge on Friday afternoon during his ride which is raising funds for small water projets in West Africa. The cycle started two weeks ago in Chester and Aidan cycled to the Borders via London. He expected to complete the ride by the Mersey on Monday.

▼ TWO boys were rescued by Dunbar Inshore Lifeboat after their dinghy ran out of fuel off Torness. The pair, who could make no headway rowing against an offshore wind, were spotted by Mr Noble of Thorntonloch Caravan Site, off Torness Point at about 4.30pm. They were landed safely by the lifeboat and the dinghy was towed in by a speedboat.

t THERE was an unexpected surprise for a group of boxing enthusiasts from Berwick when they attended the world championship fight between heavyweights Tim Witherspoon and Frank Bruno. They were able to meet and shake hands with one of the greatest boxers of all time- Mohammed Ali.

t EYEMOUTH is to feature in a 30 minute documentary on BBC Scotland. The programme ‘Bellany’ is on the work of the controversial artist John Bellany. A rebellious art college student, Bellany was unable to have his work hung inside the Royal Scottish Academy so mounted an exhibition of his own on railings in Edinburgh’s Mound directly opposite.

50 years ago

▼ Plans are well in hand for Coldstream’s Civic Week, and enthusiasm for this important event seems to increase with each succeeding year. Under the chairmanship of Mr Peter Combe, the Committee have worked hard to ensure that this year’s Civic Week will prove as great a success as its predecessors, and given favourable weather conditions, there is little doubt that all the enthusiasm so characteristic of previous events will again be displayed.

t Because the Toll Bridge at Eyemouth is considered unsuitable for modern traffic, and in view of the volume of traffic which is expected in that area following the alterations to Eyemouth Harbour, the roads committee at a meeting held at Duns, last week agreed to ask the roads department in Edinburgh to allow the project for a new bridge to be given priority.

▼ IT was now like a rat race for getting of industry and it would be a hard and difficult job, said Councillor Miss D Burns at the monthly meeting of Duns Town Council when she advocated the council advertising the facilities available in Duns.

t AS a result of the revaluation of properties in the Burgh, it is probable that the local rates for the Burgh of Duns will be considerably reduced this year. This was revealed in the statement made by the town clerk, Mr W Renton to the ”News”.

t IT was a happy day for Mr and Mrs R J Dickson of Old Town, Ayton on Friday when they celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary. Mr and Mrs Dickson were married in Glasgow. Mr Dickson was with the S.M.T. bus service, with whom he was employed for 30 years. Mr Dickson, before his marriagelived most of his life in the village of Reston, while Mrs Dickson lived in Ayton, the village in which she was born. After their marriage they lived in a large part of their lives in Edinburgh, but came back to live in Ayton in 1944. On Mr Dickson’s retirement, Mrs Dickson took over the newspaper and confectioner’s shop which was the property of her aunt. It is now run by them both.

t Dunbar Town Council is to take up the question of an increased bus service at the lunch hour and at night from Dunbar to Edinburgh. This was agreed at the monthly meeting of the Town Council, held last night.

▼ Berwickshire Roads Committee has agreed to allow the use of a number of workmen’s vans for Irish gang labour helping with the ingathering of the potato harvest this year.

▼ A RETIRED Eyemouth grocer wasn’t the centre of attention at a presentation at Berwick Railway Station on Thursday afternoon. The reason? He was giving to the station a modern railway engine which he had built himself.

▼ ACTION on the future of a school and school house at Abbey St Bathans has been deferred by the Berwickshire Education Committee until a report is available on the supply of water to a new site for the school and school house and to see what the future roll at the school will be. This was agreed at a meeting of the Education Committee at Duns on Wednesday.

t A CHIRNSIDE player was forced to retire after he had injured himself in the final of Chirnside Bowling Club’s rinks championship on Tuesday evening. He was unable to take further part in the garment the rink which he skipped was eventually beaten.

100 years ago

▼ On Saturday week the new St Abbs motor lifeboat “Helen Smitten” arrived in Dunbar harbour from St Abbs. The passage occupied three hours, and the time taken might have been much shorter but for contrary winds and tides. This is the first motor lifeboat which has been seen on this coast and its arrival was announced by the firing of guns. A large crowd congregated on the quay, and viewed the vessel with much interest.

▼ THursday first is the annual show of Berwickshire Agricultural Association. The entries, which number 314, are considerably less than those of the previous year, which falling off is mainly accounted for in the entries for butter, eggs and baking.

▼ Before dismissing for the holidays, the pupils of Gavinton school presented Miss M A Reid, assistant teacher, with a beautiful case of spoons, in view of her leaving to get married. Janet Trotter and Janet Robertson, chosen by their classmates to perform the ceremony, made a neat presentation, and the headmaster having replied for Miss Reid, the children wished her good luck with a heart round of cheers.

▼ The erection of telephone poles between Eyemouth and Berwick has now been completed.

▼ THE Chirnside lawn tennis club held their annual picnic on Saturday to Peas Dean. Delightful weather favoured the party and an exceedingly enjoyable day was spent. The picnic has now been held for several years and each year seems to make it more popular than ever, so that it is looked upon as being at least one of the events of the season. Besides affording pleasure, the picnic performs another important, and perhaps more useful function, and that is in making a more united club. The picnic has a wonderful influence in uniting and strengthening, and keeping together the club.

▼ The ninth cioting handicap was finished at Allanton on Wednesday, for prizes kindly given by the president, Mr R J Forrest, Stuartslaw. There was a good turnout, and play was very close.

▼ THE 21st annual games were held in Blackadder Park, Greenlaw on Saturday. The early part of the day was fine, but rather unsettled in the afternoon. There was a very large attendance and numerous entries.

t An aeroplane was seen passing over Paxton on Tuesday morning about six o’clock.

t Greenlaw UF Church Choir and Guild, with friends, held their annual picnic on Saturday week to Ladykirk and Norham Castle. The day was all that could be desired for a day’s outing by the Tweedside. The party, numbering 32, left Greenlaw at 8 o’clock in two brakes, and drove by Leitholm and Swinton to Ladykirk. By the courtesy of Mrs Askew Robertson, the party was conducted through the beautiful grounds, conservatory and vinery. After lunch, the party visited Ladykirk church, where they had the opportunity of signing their names in the visitors book.