Reston Young Farmers prizegiving evening in 1987 at the Turret Hotel
Reston Young Farmers prizegiving evening in 1987 at the Turret Hotel

25 years ago

▼ OBJECTIONS to new proposals for the Cockburnspath by-pass are to be lodged by the Region’s planning and roads committee. Original proposals put forward by the Scottish Development Department were amended after people in Cove had objected to the inclusion of a high embankment on part of the re-aligned A1 near the village. But now the planning committee laid their emphasis on the visual intrusion pointing out that travelling north, drivers would in effect be looking down on a proposed roundabout and they were also worried about safety.

▼ THe estimated population of Berwickshire has risen. Latest estimates show that 18,748 people live in the district last June, about 150 more than the estimated population the previous year. The population of Borders Region has also increased, from 101,705 to 101,804 but the figure for Scotland showed a decrease of over 15,000.

▼ CONCERN has been expressed over the significant rise in traffic on the A1 in Berwickshire since the opening of the Musselburgh bypass. Councillor James Evans said that since the Musselburgh bypass had opened there was much more traffic using the route. Councillor Michaelle Burns Greig agreed and added that Scotland seemed to be treated as second class citizens because in England roundabouts were being taken off the A1 yet here in Scotland the Scottish Development Department were planning to build one at Cockburnspath. “In modern day engineering roundabouts are just not on,” she commented.

▼ BERWICKSHIRE District Council’s special case put to the Scottish Office for additional finance to provide factory units in Duns has been ignored. At last week’s meeting of the district council members heard that they could not now provide the £120,000 to provide the factories because of a shortfall in their allocation from the Scottish Office. Other items cuts from the General Services Capital Programme for 1987/88 because of the shortfall include the proposed public conveniences at the Home Arms car park in Eyemouth.

▼ EYEMOUTH High School last week played host to a team of Canadian rugby players from Trinity College, Port Hope, Ontario. Under the supervision of three of their teachers, the boys are on tour in Britain, and during their three day stay in Eyemouth, they were put up by pupils and staff. Their visit began with a tour of places of interest in and around Eyemouth by J Johnson, which was followed by a match against their hosts. Other highlights of their stay included a disco and a trip to Edinburgh to visit the Scottish Rugby Union headquarters.

▼ DAVID Waddell, a member of the Duns Amateur Swimming Club, lifted two titles in the East of Scotland Open Swimming Championships, held at Whitburn recently. David produced some very fast times to win the 200m front crawl and the 200m individual medley to become East of Scotland champion in both events. He also finished fourth in the final of the 100m breaststroke, sixth in the final of the 100m butterfly and second in the final of the 100m front crawl and was also a member of the team which finished third in the individual medley relay and third in the front crawl relay.

▼ THE Bewcastle Hunt team galloped to glory and won the top accolade when the Berwickshire Hunt team event was held at Duns Castle by kind permission of the Hay family on Saturday. The team turned in a spectacular time of 5 minutes 34 seconds. The event, which had to be postponed two weeks ago because of snow, attracted over 40 teams to enjoy the excellent course of jumps built by D M Thomson. On this occasion the sun shone brightly and a new section, a hunter trial, also attracted over 50 competitors. The Sunnyside Trophy for the highest placed team from Berwickshire was won by The Gamebirds.

50 years ago

▼ A 14 foot long shark caused damage to five nets before it was finally hoisted on board the vessel ‘Silver Gain’ at Eyemouth on Saturday. The ‘Silver Gain’ skippered by James Dougal of Eyecliffe, had been fishing seven miles north-east of the port when she caught the basking blue-nosed shark in her nets.

t WHEN the annual Greenlaw Games were discussed at the annual general meeting of the Greenlaw Games on Monday, it was agreed by one vote to continue the games in 1962.

t THE immediate reaction of Berwickshire farmers to the annual price review is one of great disappointment. Although most of them are reluctant to commit themselves without considering the full implications of the Government decisions, there is little doubt that there is considerable disappointment. Mr W B Swan of Blackhouse, Reston said the Government are asking the industry to face £19 million of increased costs and take a cut in the guarantees of nearly £11 million.

t A COMMITTEE of seven, headed by Lord Hunter, has been set up this week to review the laws relating to salmon and trout fisheries in Scotland, and the area covered by the River Tweed. The news was announced on a day when catches at sea were described as “good” and those on the river as “very light”. The committee will consider the extent to which fishing for salmon and trout should be regulated, and to recommend changes in the law which might be thought desirable.

t COLDSTREAM Town Council decided on Tuesday to obtain a price, and plans, of the Weir Housing Corporation Ltd’s houses. Once it was received, the Town Council will give consideration to its details with a view to the replacement of the Parkside scheme. The houses at Parkside are pre-fabricated dwellings put up after the war.

t WHEN the East District Council met at Ayton on Tuesday they agreed to spend £50 a year towards payment for a handyman for Coldingham and St Abbs in order that the footpaths in the area could be maintained and Coldingham War Memorial looked after.

t AFTER a very tough final with no scoring, Coldstream school hockey team won the Berwickshire hockey tournament which was held in Duns on Saturday. They were awarded the cup, although the score was 0-0 because they had two penalty corners.

t HOPES of a new fire station for Coldstream have been raised following an intimation that the South East Fire Area Joint Committee plan to requisition money for the project. It appeared, therefore, that the Coldstream scheme was to have priority.

t ON WEDNESDAY evening, Duns Fire Brigade was called out to attend a fire on the farm of Mid Edrom, Duns. On arrival the brigade found four oat stacks and also a threshing mill on fire. Eyemouth fire brigade was also in attendance for a while. It took some time to get the flames under control, the stacks being completely burned out and the mill badly damaged. The Duns brigade was out for 10 hours.

100 years ago

▼ Football. Coldstream Grocers v Coldstream Butchers. In Home Park on Thursday afternoon, before a large turnout of spectators. Butchers won the toss, and the game was fought out in real cup tie style. Result - Butchers 4 goals, Grocers 3 goals. The grocers play the bakers on Thursday night. This being the first game between those two teams a great game should be witnessed.

t Coal strike - Eyemouth dealers’ supplies of coal are now practically exhausted and many of the townspeople and traders are finding it necessary to exercise the strictest economy to eke out their supplies till the end of the week. The coal strike has fortunately come at a rather slack time for the fishermen, the winter herring fishing being practically finished, and there not being much doing at the line fishing at present. A few of the Eyemouth fishermen are making preparations to have their drifters ready for the great line fishing, but the scarcity of coals, and the exorbitant prices charged for them, will be a check on their early start.

t THE Eyemouth Memorial Committee having secured by the profits from Rev Mr McIvor’s book ‘An Old time Fishing Town’ and by public subscription and from entertainment the sum required for the East Coast Disaster Memorial, placed the order with Mr Taggart, sculptor, Aberdeen, who was the sculptor selected for the King Edward Memorial at Balmoral. It represents a broken mast, a lifebuoy and an anchor and will stand 10ft 6 inches high from the rough hewn base. The whole is to be of Kemney granite. The proposal that a monument of the Disaster on ‘Black Friday’ should be erected in Eyemouth, originated with Rev D McIvor, formerly Congregational Minister here, who generously proposed to devote the profits from his excellent book on Eyemouth - which totalled between £60 and £70.

▼ AFTER being open for 70 days the school dinners have been brought to a close at Bunkle. Since they were inaugurated in 1894, they have proved a great boon to the children, and have invariably been largely taken advantage of. No doubt much of their success is due to the careful manner they were prepared, and for this thanks are due to Mrs Wm Aitchison, Lintlaw.

t ALTHOUGH minus three of their best players Coldstream Football Team managed on Saturday to qualify for the final of the East of Scotland Consolation Cup, their victims being Berwick Rangers.

t ON Tuesday, at noon, it was found necessary owing to the heavy sea to launch the new St Abbs lifeboat. To face a strong easterly swell, she left her moorings under the guidance of her Coxswain, John Wilson, on her first active service trip. Mr Wilson handled the Helen Smitton well, and the engines giving little or no trouble, the boat soon made the open sea. The fishing boats having gone to the fishing ground early that morning it was feared they would not be able to make the harbour. After two boats that had been in danger of the broken water had been safely seen into the haven, Mr Wilson set out along with his crew to see if he could find any trace of a boat which was an hour overdue. Rounding the headland he was rewarded in finding this boat which had pulled up on the other side, owing to the rough sea. About 3.30 afternoon the lifeboat arrived home, making port safely after having rendered valuable service in standing by boats making for home.