One class from Duns Primary School Xmas party, 1986.
One class from Duns Primary School Xmas party, 1986.
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25 years ago

▼ tHREE prominent Berwickshire personalities are to be honoured by Berwickshire District Council by being admitted as Honorary Freemen of the District. At yesterday’s meeting of the full District Council, the chairman, Councillor James Evans moved the resolution that the council admit Lt. co. William Bertram Swan CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, the Right Honorable Lord Home of the Hirsel and Dorothy Burns of Duns as Honorary Freemen of Berwickshire in terms of Section 206 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

▼ AYTON Community Council are continuing their campaign against the residents of Peelwalls being moved to what they feel is an unsuitable site in Eyemouth. Last week they invited the support of prospective Conservative candidate, Dr Liam Fox, in their fight against Borders Regional Council’s propodals. Following his vusit, Dr fox told ‘The Berwickshire News’: “People in Ayton feel very strongly that the Eyemouth site is not right for the peelwalls residents and having seen the Eyemouth site I feel at the moment that the plans the Region have for Eyemouth would not be in the best interests of the people.”

▼ THE East Lammermuir Community Council are to write to the Scottish Development Department stating that while they accepted the modified plans for the Cockburnspath by-pass were to be preferred to the original ones, a better solution would be to construct a completely new length of road to the west and north of the village.

▼ the village of Oldhamstocks is faced with raising in the region of between £2000 and £3000 to upgrade facilities in the Village Hall. At a recent meeting of the Community Council, Councillor John Stephenson indicated that the village would require to raise 25 per cent of the cost to upgrade the existing premises. He said that in this case it would be between £2000 and £3000.

▼ A BERWICKSHIRE farmer has won a runner up award in Britain’s premier conservation competition for farmers. Bruce Cowe of Oldcastles Farm, Chirnside, has won the award in the Country Life Farming and Wildlife Competition. He will receive his award, a bronze commemorative medallion and cheque for £450, from the dUke of Norfolk at a presentation in London in February.

▼ There will be no question of the Goverment “disowning” any agreement arrived at by the working parties trying to settle the teachers’ pay dispute, according to Borders E.I.S spokesman Jock Houston. Mr Houston said that the EIs strike of last week had been one of their best supported since the dispute began. He commented: “We had a very big turn out, much bigger than expected and on this occasion several of the two and three teacher schools were closed- something that has rarely happened in the past. These included Traquair, Ayton, Newcastleton and Ancrum.

▼ THe latest available figures show that in October unemployment increased in Berwickshire by 22 to 689, a percentage figure of 14.2 per cent, by far the highest in the Borders. The increase in Berwickshire is mainly attributal to lay offs by one or two firms at Torness. There was also an increase In Galashiels of 29 which is put down to the current problems in the textiles industry.

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t IN six years, Coldstream and district Ornithological Society show has become one of the biggest in the Borders and on Saturday, in the Town Hall, more than 800 birds were on view. The international rivalry heightened interest in the show and the English ‘invaders’ did well, taking two of the principal trophies.

t ROADS inn Berwickshire were reported clear on Monday after last week’s snow-storm which kept the roads snow-bound for five days. Motorists who used the coast road between Ayton and Burnmouth at the weekend wondered what was hitting them as they cautiously drove along the icy road. The road had been spread with sand which the county council obtained from the Eyemouth Harbour Trust - and it contained stones and Peebles.

t AT mid-day on Saturday, the Eyemouth Fire Brigade was called out to deal with a fire which broke out in the town hall. The location of the fire was high up near the roof of the building and was quickly got under control.

t EYEMOUTH were eliminated by Montrose in this Scottish Cup first round tie at Playing Fields on Saturday, but only after a great fight in the second half. Indeed the result was in doubt right up till the final minute of play when Monstrose netted their third goal.

t OVER 120 farmers and their friends who attended the November meeting of the Merse Agricultural Discussion Society passed a floodlit exhibit of a mobile weighbridge on their way into the Drill Hall at Chirnside. The occasion was a conference on commercial beef production, jointly organised by R Silcock and Sons Ltd and the Fatstock Marketing Corporation, with the assistance of the Edinburgh and East for Scotland College of Agriculture.

t SERGEANT James Anderson, aged 23, is the new recruiting sergeant for the eastern Borders. His job will be to try and encourage young men to join the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

t The rents of the houses owned by Duns town council may be increased. The Housing Committee reported that they had again taken up the matter of the rents of all the houses under their control, and had proceeded to give further consideration to the question of increasing rents. The accounts showed that a substantial contribution had been made from rates to meet the deficit in housing.

t Christmas trees will again be erected in front of the Duns Town Hall at Chrismtas. The town hall will be floodlit over the festive period.

t CHIRNSIDE United Football Club held a dance in the Drill Hall, Chirnside, on Friday, when Miss Berwickshire for 1961-62 was elected out of seven finalists. This year, the girl to be chosen is Miss Anne Waddell of Duns. Miss Waddell has also held the positions of Barrie Forrest Football Queen at Reston and the Dinger Queen at Duns.

t THE Lynella School of Dancing travelled to Leitholm on Friday to give a concert in aid of the Leitholm Christmas Tree Fund. In spite of the weather conditions there was a good attendance.

t there was a large gathering at the Faith mission meeting in the Fairbairn Hall on friday evening, when the speakers were Mr and Mrs Molyneux, who have recently returned from th Congo.

100 years ago

t THE annual business meeting of fishermen took place on Saturday night, Councillor Scott presiding. There was a good attendance. The treasurer, Mr Jas Dougal, in his report, stated that the income for the year was £25 14s 4d, with an expenditure of £48 0s 8d, making a deficit of £22 6s 4d for the year. The balance to their credit in the bank was £199 9s 9d.

▼ Under the auspices of the Mellerstain Juvenile Operatic Society the people of Mellerstain and the surrounding districts were entertained in the school room, by the kind consent of Lord Binning, to three most enjoyable evenings, by the rendering of the Fairy Operetta “Cinderella”. The children numbering about 30, and ranging in age from 5 to 15, were beautifully dressed for the occasion, and altogether the hall had a splendid appearance, being well filled with an appreciative audience. Skill was also shown in the selection of the young ones for their particular parts, and the manner in which everyone carried out their part reflected great credit to their teacher, Mrs W Hutton.

▼ FIVE guns shooting over Hirsel Estate on Wednesday killed upwards of 600 pheasants. The whole bag numbered close on 700 head of game.

▼ Members of Eyemouth Harbour Trust had a meeting with Mr Jackson, of the North Bridge Railway Company, in Edinburgh, on Monday afternoon, when the plans for the proposed scheme for the extension of Eyemouth harbour accommodation were considered. In the event of the railway company agreeing to the arrangements for the scheme, already made through the Development Commissioners and the Fishery Board for Scotland they are likely to be proceeded with. Mr Jackson gave the deputation a courteous hearing. A grant application will be laid before the next meeting.

▼ ON Wednesday evening, there was held in the Drill Hall, Duns, under the auspices of Duns Liberal Committee, and the local Branch of Berwickshire Women’s Liberal Association, a highly successful social meeting.

▼ In place of the present iron building used as Coldstream Episcopal Church, a stone edifice is contemplated, to cost £1500, of which £200 is now available. It is proposed to commemoration the new Church the fact that Coldstream Guards Regiment was founded at Coldstream in 1659.

▼ THE Chirnside Library Concert took place in the Voluntter Hall on Friday. As has unfortunately been the case in the two preceeding years the weather was unpropitious, and no doubt kept away many who would otherwise have been present. A comnpact body, nevertheless, filled the front part of the Hall, and as the programme advanced proved themselves highly appreciative of the excellent musical fare provided.

t New buildings were opened at Berwickshire High School. The latest addition to the High School is attached to the east side of the existing building, and stands upon the site of Newtown House. The front of the building faces Langtongate and overlooks the garden which formerly belonged to Newtown House, and which now forms a retired addition to the Girls’ plaisance. The rear of the new wing abuts immediately upon Newton Street.

t Berwickshire Hounds met in the Market Place, Coldstream, on Friday morning. Owing to heavy rain there was a small attendance of followers of the Hunt. After the joint hospitality of Messrs Hogg and Wood, seedsmen, and Messrs Meikle and McDougal, merchants, had been partaken of, Sir John Hume Campbell, Master, made a move for Todhillrig Cover. Despite heavy downpour there was a large turnout of townspeople to witness the meet.