Gordon children make Lego video. Dec 1986.
Gordon children make Lego video. Dec 1986.
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25 years ago

▼ BERWICKSHIRE District Council have given their support to revised plans for the proposed Cockurnspath bypass, and have urged the Scottish Development Department to carry on with the scheme as quickly as possible in the interests of safety. The bypass, the Tower to Dunglass diversion, has been under consideration for several years now to avoid an accident blackspot appearing on the A1. Over the past five years there have been over 30 accidents, including four fatalities on the stretch of road which has bad bends, vertical curves and a number of dangerous junctions.

▼ berwickshire certainly played its part in contributing to the amazing £5.25 million raised for the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal. A cheque for £4,500 on behalf of those who took part in a charity darts event in Berwickshire was handed over by members of the Duns and District Round Table live on BBC North East during Friday night’s Children In Need broadcast. The cheque was presented to Mike Neville in the BBC Studios by Round Table Chairman Graham clark, Immediate Past Chairman Murray Henderson and Past Chairman Ian Turnbull.

▼ A BERWICKSHIRE man fears that inadequate signage is going to cause an accident on a section of the Berwick bypass. Ray Davidson of East Lodge, Hutton Castle, has witnessed a number of close shaves at the Paxton junction in recent weeks, and feels that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured in an accident.

▼ AROUND 50 Duns residents attended a public meeting in the Volunteer Hall on Wednesday evening to air their views on Berwickshire District Council’s proposed sheltered housing development on the former Boston Hall/Duns Park site. Despite the fact that Duns Community council amassed 1500 signatures on a petition against using part of the Park for the development, there were only a few objectors present at Wednesday’s meeting. In fact the majority of those present seemed to go along with the development.

▼ the number of visitors to St Abbs increased this year. A total of 15,500 people visited the Head which is owned by the National Trust of Scotland, during the season, compared to 15,000 last year. The increase is one of many which properties owned by the National Trust have enjoyed the past season. A total of 1,622,751 visitors werre attracted to Trust properties this year, which is over 65,000 more than last year.

▼ there’s been another call for better signposting to direct more tourists into the Scottish Borders off the A1 at Berwick. The latest appeal came at the recent annual general meeting of the Scottish Borders Tourist Board, when cross-border signposting was said to be adequate. And Berwickshire District Councillor Jim Evans said a major facility such as a hotel was needed on the eastern border to stop the tourists going straight to Edinburgh.

▼ A MEMBER of the Berwick and District Club has received her Chain of Office as President of Soroptimist International of the Divisional Union of Northern England. Sheila Stoddart, of Ayton, is the first member of the local club to achieve this office, and will be covering an area which stretches from Berwick to Darlington and from Whitehaven to Cockermouth in Cumbria, presiding over 18 clubs, all of which she hopes to visit during the following year.

50 years ago

▼ THERE will be both gains and sacrifices for the people of Britain if it is decided to join the European Common Market, but if we go in, then the country would undoubtedly be able to play a great part in making Europe, and the world, a happier place. This was stated by Mr W B Swan, president of the NFU of Scotland, and a Berwickshire farmer, when he spoke on the Common Market to Berwick Rotary Club on Friday. The gains will be much greater than the sacrifices he thought.

t A month ago, Coldstream Town Council decided to ask the postmaster to consider replacing a pillar box in the Market Street area following complaints made by local residents. On Tuesday they heard that their efforts had been successful and a smaller letter box on a metal post is being supplied. It will be sunk and cemented into the ground, and it will be sited on the south side of the Market Square.

t THE livelihood of Berwickshire coast fishermen, and the economy of the fishing villages would be hit by a proposed ban on salmon drift netting, stressed members of the nine-man deputation which last week travelled to London to meet the Minister of Agriculture and urge an enquiry before any ban was enforced.

t COUNTY Council members are being urged to protest strongly to the Scottish Region of British Railways about the proposed reductions in train services in the Borders. One member said that if the service were cut, factories would move elsewhere for labour and the Borders would be isolated.

t THE league game between Civil Service Strollers and Eyemouth United was ended by the referee with 20 minutes still left for play owing to fog. After half-time, fog began to obscure play and gradually became worse. When the referee wisely called a halt visibility was barely ten yards. The game was abandoned with score at 2-2.

t OWING to the density of the fog the East of Scotland League game at Canal Field, Edinburgh between Spartans and Duns had to be abandoned at half time, with Duns leading two goals to nil. Although Duns scored the only two goals in the first half, many of the Duns supporters never saw them being scored - so thick at times was the fog.

t THE Eyemouth fishing vessel ‘Plough’ was towed eight miles into Berwick Quayside yesterday. The skipper of the ‘Plough’ Mr Andrew Dougal, radioed for assistance when the propeller shaft snapped as the crew prepared to make their first shoot of the day. Within 15 minutes another Eyemouth boat the ‘Bethel’ had come alongside and secured a tow. The ‘Plough’ was brought into Berwick safely.

t FROM all over Berwickshire the herds made their way to the White Swan Hotel, Duns on Friday, where the annual herds’ supper was held, under the chairmanship of Mr A Veitch. Once again it was a tremendous success, enjoyed by the 120 people present.

t THE sum of £70 4s 4d, was collected in Duns by the sale of Earl Haig poppies. This is a slight increase on last year’s collection.

t THERE has been a slow response from firms and private individuals in the Borders following the launching last week of the Eastern Border Development Association. In the first week, six applications for membership were received, and a number of other firms are considering joining.

100 years ago

▼ Burnmouth Station was visited by burglars during Thursday night. They broke a pane of glass and entered the booking office, forced open the cash drawers, but luckily all the cash was taken away the previous night so they got nothing but a few coppers. However they did damage inside to the value of £2. They then visited the automatic seet machines, which they broke open. They only found inside a few coppers, about 2s. At Ayton and Reston they also broke open the chocolate boxes and got about 2s 4d at each.

t In the post office at Galashiels on Thursday night, in presence of a gathering of the local staff, Mr T M Morran, acting postmaster, presented Mr Wm Davidson, retired postman, of Douglas Street, with the Imperial Service Medal, in recognition of his long and faithful services in connection with the Post Office. Mr Davidson was for 26 years a rural postman at Reston, and on his recent retirement from the service went to reside in Galashiels.

t One of the best attractions ever offered to Border bird fanciers takes place this week when the Magpie Club hold their annual show at Berwick. This is not only the first time the show has been held in the district, but the first time it has been held north of Doncaster.

t Salmon poaching on the Borders has evidently become a high art. The latest enterprise in this direction is reported from Kelso, in the neighbourhood of which a motor party is said to have effected an unusually heavy catch of salmon, grilse, and sea trout the other night from the river Tweed. Early in the following morning a keeper on the Teviotdale estate near Kelso missed a salmon coble from its accustomed morings. This raised his suspicions and on a search being made the boat was discovered in a new anchorage nearly two miles down styream, with the interior profusely littered with the scales of the catch. Close at hand there is a public highway, where some hours previously a powerful and capacious motor car stood waiting for its picatorial freight, ready for a long journey southward.

t A young man Henry Laidlaw, a painter residing at Norham, whilst proceeding on a motorcycle on his way home on Friday afternoon, met with a nasty accident near to the Roman Catholic Chapel, Bridgend. It appears that whilst trying to negotiate the curve at this part of the road, , the uinfortunate fellow had met a lorry proceeding towards the town. The road being somewhat heavy and greasy, it is thought that the motorist had been afraid that the necessary “lean over” might cause side slip, and trying to avoid this, he unfortunately collided with the lorry.He was at once conveyed to Whitchester Hospital where, opn the following morning, Saturday, we learned on enquiry, that he had so far recovered as enabled him to be removed home.

t Owing to the wet weather a great many stones have been falling down the cliffs at Burnmouth. A large one came down and went clean through the roof of a house at Partenhall about 10 o’clock. It landed on top of a bed upstairs, Fortunately the inmates were not in bed, otherwise someone would have been seriously injured or killed.

t Ayton Reading and Recreation Club completed their first tournament for this season last week. In the billiard handicap the game was 150 up. There was over 20 entries, and after a good many keenly contested games, John Cooper proved the winner, playing 40 behind scratch.

t The members and friends of Whitchester Quoiting held their annual social at Ellemford on Friday. Mr Mather has always shown due consideration for the club from time to time.