25 years ago
▼ A BYPASS for Coldstream does not now carry such a high priority following a recent census which shows that the volume of traffic passing through the town has dropped by some seven per cent. This was revealed by Mr A.E.McLean, Assistant Director of Roads and Transportation for Borders Regional Council, when he spoke at a recent meeting of Coldstream Community Council. He said that the flow of traffic passing through the town had decreased since the opening of the Berwick by-pass and that although a bypass for Coldstream is in the structure plan it was no longer a high priority scheme.
▼ THE Borders Health Board have announced that the new Borders General Hospital at Huntleyburn was handed over to them on December 23, nearly five months ahead of schedule, within budget and no contractual claims have been received to date. The process of commissioning the hospital will continue and the Laundry, Works and Stores Departments will move in early in the new year. It is expected that the first patients will be admitted in March/April 1988.
▼ going into a convenant scheme to fiance three major Borders Region building projects is going to “put the council in hock for a very long time” according to Councillor Archie Watt. The Region wants to build a replacement for Peelwalls Home for the elderly, modernise Yetholm Primary School and build an extension to their own headquarters, despite there being a shortfall of £2.2 million in funds. Councillor Watt said: “To go ahead with this conveant scheme is liked being turned down by a bank for a loan and then going to the money lender down the street.”
t A BERWICKSHIRE farm apprentice has won a travel award with which he is to study vegetable production in Denmark. Calum McAlpine (19) of Auchencrow Mains, Reston, was runner-up in the 1986 MacRobert Agricultural Apprentice Scholarship and Tamdhu Travel Award. A shepherd’s son, Calum was selected from over 150 young people who successfully completed the Agricultural Training Board Apprenticeship in Scotland during the year. He received a cash prize from the Trust and the travel award from Matthew Gloag and Son.
▼ TREVOR Steven, the Berwick born Everton and England star destroyed Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Friday and a large number of Berwick fans in the crowd watched him pile on the agony. Steven scored twice, hit the post and laid on another goal for Everton who won 4-0, plunging Newcastle back into trouble. It was one of his best performances of the season.
t THE Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen have been granted a building warrant for a £250,000 proposed alteration and extension to the Hippodrome Building in Harbour Road, Eyemouth. But Whiteadder Regional Councillor James Johnson, a member of the Region’s building control committee has his doubts about the viability of the project. “The big boats do not fish out of Eyemouth any more,” he said. “Most of the crews of the other boats live in the town.”
▼ TRISH Calder’s The Divider was a comfortable winner at Kelso last week despite the fact that jockey Geordie Dun had left his colours at home and had to borrow those of Arthur Stephenson. Dun was in no hurry to ask The Divider to go about his business and half way up the run in Dun looked confidently over his shoulder before making his move and scored a three length victory over Preben Fur. Many Berwickshire punters will be well pleased with this victory although at 5-2 second favourite they may have wished for a little bigger Christmas present.
50 years ago
▼ BERWICKSHIRE was hit by a snow blizzard on Thursday night and at day-break on Friday, there were drifts up to two and three feet in many places, and it was still snowing. Snow ploughs were brought into action about 6am around Duns in order to get the roads open and on Soutra an all-night service was maintained.
▼ A FARM steward was accidentally shot while acting as a beater in a shoot on Boxing Day. The 35 year old married man of Fishwick Mains, Hutton was taken to Berwick Infirmary and then transferred to Walkergate Hospital in Newcastle. Twelve pellets were taken from his body and he was detained.
▼ THE Earl of Home, Foreign Secretary, paid an official visit to Berwick on Thursday, and at a public meeting, talked about the ‘appalling dilemma’ which Britain faced today. He declared that the wish of this country for peace and security urged it to stay in the United Nations and make it work. The meeting was organised by the Berwick Branch of the United Nations Association, and it is belived to be the first time for almost half a century that a Foreign Minister had given a speech in the borough.
▼ a SUCCESSFUL dance organised by the Duns Football Club was held in the Drill Hall, Duns when the Dinger Queen for 1962 was selected. Out of the nine finalists the judges chose Miss Helen Cochrane of Duns as the Dinger Queen.
▼ THE annual gift of coal relating to many years standing ‘Hue Bequest’ is being distributed to the aged of Chirnside.
▼ FOURTEEN houses are now completed in Eyemouth Town Council’s fifth development.
t JIM Clark, the Berwickshire farmer won the eighth international South African grand prix on Tuesday in a Lotus Climax. Stirling Moss was a close second, also in a Lotus Climax and Joachim Bonnier (Sweden) in a Porsche, took third place. Clark’s success here completed a treble of wins in the South African series. He won both the Rand and Natal Grands Prix.
t COLDSTREAM’S main road bridge which carries the Newcastle-Edinburgh traffic over the A697 has been re-opened. For more than a year, the bridge has been closed while extensive strengthening and widening operations have been in progress.
t A LAST minute equaliser by outside left Massie gave Duns a face-saving point in their local Berwickshire East of Scotland League derby with Chirnside at Comrades Park, but it was a severe blow for the handicapped United, who played for most of the game with only 10 fit men.
t NO Eyemouth boats were at sea on Christmas Day, while on Tuesday the bad weather confined the majority of the fleet to port. On Wednesday and Thursday the fishing was light. No boats were put to sea on New Year’s Day.
t There were more than 200 children present at a party organised by Duns Town Council in the Boston Hall on Wednesday. The afternoon commenced with the singing of carols and the playing of games. After the mothers, with younger children arrived, Father Christmas visited the hall and presented each child with a gift.
t an experiment is to be carried out in Duns to try and make traffic arrangements easier. This involves the provision of a bus stance in the bottom part of the Market Square with a consequent restriction on car parking to permit the turning of buses.
100 years ago
▼ We have again had the pleasure of attending one of Mrs Arthur Park’s musical entertainments, which was held in the school at Longformacus on Friday evening. Despite the fact that the night was cold and somewhat boisterous there was a very good attendance of villagers and friends from the district. The object of the concert was to augment the funds of the women’s guild of the Parish Church, and being a very laudable one, coupled with the fact that Mrs Park had been responsible for the “getting up” of the programme, helped in no small way to give courage to those kindly Lammermoor folks who had braved the dark and muddy roads, this intensely cold and windy night.
▼ THE children from the farm of Blackerstone, Abbey St Bathans, are not at present attending school, as their parents refuse to send them owing to the highly dangerous condition of the footpath between the farm and the school.
▼ At a meeting of the Templepatrick (County Antrim) Premier Unionist Club a report was given as to the general work done by the members of the club in Berwickshire, since the link was formed between the club and Duns Unionist Club. Arrangements were made with regard to future work in Berwickshire, and the further development of the present scheme for distribution of literature, newspapers etc, amongst the doubtful voters in Duns district.
▼ Gordon Arms Hotel was broken into on Friday night, and a sum of money stolen. The landlord, Mr H D Hunter, and his wife were in Edinburgh, and the two parties in charge of the house were absent at a local ball. One of the attendants left only at 11pm, and on returning at 2am found a back window open. The peculiar part of the affair is that only a part of the money in the till was taken - a pound note and some silver.
t Mr and Mrs Thorburn, Hardacres, Coldstream, presented each householder with a currant loaf and a roast of beef as a new year’s gift.
▼ THE annual meeting of Chirnside and Edrom Auxiliary National Bible Society was held in Allanton school. In the absence of Rev Macduff Simpson, Rev John Somerville took the chair. The treasurer reported that £19 7s was collected during the year. He spoke in grateful terms of the conscientous service given by the Society’s band of collectors.
▼ THE fishing has been quite disappointing. Monday being a public holiday, no boats were at sea. All the line boats were out on Tuesday with poor result, and the daily landings since were exceptionally low. A heavy sea, with adverse wind, kept all the boats in the harbour on Saturday, with the exception of the motor boat, Jennies, which only realised one and a half boxes of haddocks, and other kinds of fish scarce.
▼ ON Friday a company numbering about 100 assembled in the granary at Skateraw to celebrate the silver wedding of the coxwain of Dunbar and Skateraw lifeboats, Mr Walter Fairbairn, and Mrs Fairbairn. The proceedings commenced with the presentation of a beautiful silver cake basket.