25 years ago
▼ ALTHOUGH unemployment in the Borders as a whole has fallen this month, the figures for Berwickshire show yet another increase. Berwickshire remains the area within the Borders with the highest percentage rate of unemployed people and with a rise during the past month of 32 the figure now stands at 17.1 per cent. The Berwickshire figure is now greater than the figure for Scotland as a whole of 16.2 per cent.
t two approach signs to Coldstream which have been recently erected stating that Coldstream is the ‘Birthplace of the Regiment’ have been described as “pathertic” by a member of Coldstream Community Council. Mr J.B.Campbell made the comment at a recent meeting of the council when it was pointed out that the number of words on the sign had to be limited as too many words would detract the concentration of motorists.It was agreed to send a letter to the Roads and Transportation Department of the Regional Council, with a view to having the Regiment star superimposed at the top of the sign.
t AN organisation trying to raise funds for a play structure to be sited in Duns Park is unlikely to get free use of the town’s Volunteer Hall for a fundraising event. This follows Berwickshire District Council’s finance committee deciding last week to recommend that Duns Junior Recreation and Gymnastic Club should be charged 50 per cent of the hire fee for any fundraising eventthey wish to hold in the hall. The decision was made despite opposition from local councillor, Michaelle Burns-Greig.
t closure of every school should be treated on its merits, said John Mackay, minister for the Scottish Office with special responsibility for Education, Agriculture and Fisheries, when he visited Berwickshire to see local problems for himself. While he was in the area, Mr Mackay was questioned about Border Regional Council’s decision to halt a review into primary schools three months before it was due to be completed. The Minister said it was entirely the council’s responsibility but the amount of capital available for education was limited and had to be shared around the whole of Scotland.
t Guys and Dolls’ of Duns and District Amateur Operatic society scored a huge success with the music fable of Broadway when they performed the well known and much loved show in the Berwickshire High School for three nights last week. The society are presently enjoying ‘a high’ and this was another success story in its 25 year history. Leads Margaret George, John Stenhouse, Angela Winson and Bob Noble were all fantastic as were their supporting cast.
t ian Price, the young Duns golfer, is the only remaining Berwickshire competitor in the STV Scottish Boys Golf Championship being played over Dunbar this week. When the competition began there were three Berwickshire golfers involved but unfortunately Eyemouth’s Ewan Dougal and the Hirsel’s Bruce Lunn both faltered in the opening rounds. Ian however, battled through to the third round with a fine win over Wayne Henderson of the Montrose Mercantile Club.
t Clare Hardie, a pupil at Berwickshire HIgh School, has been selected to attend the nominated Scottish Schools Under-15 Badminton Coaching Course to be held at the Inverclyde National Sports Centre in July. A total of 32 of Scotland’s top under-15 boys and girls will be present on the course and Allan Campbell, Scotland’s national team coach will be in charge of the squad. The course will form part of the preparation for the international competition to be held in the 1987/88 season.
t REGIONAl councillors are to make visits to the sites of proposed chicken units in the villages of Eccles and Leitholm before deciding whether to allow their construction. The units, costing around £2 million, are being lined up by Hamish Morrison Ltd for Crosshall and Orange Lane.
50 years ago
▼ mr Martin Lees, the only nominee for the office of Coldstreamer 1962 was duly elected on Friday evening. The announcement of his election was made on the steps of the Town Hall by Mr Peter Combe, chairman of ‘Presenting Coldstream’.
▼ MOST of the parents who attended a public meeting at Polwarth on Tuesday evening were against their children having to travel to Duns to be educated. They felt that Polwarth School should not be closed.
▼ OUT of nearly 2,500 children in Berwickshire who joined the Happy Smile Club run in connection with the Dental Health Campaign, all but a mere handful have earned a badge by successfully completing Happy Smile Club cards. The campaign, which features the Happy Smile ended on Friday, and it is reported to have been an outstanding success.
▼ BERWICK Rangers match with Hamilton ended on Wednesday in pandemonium. Linesman W J R Dodds, of Greenlaw, selected as linesman for European Cup football ran into the dressing room, accompanied by referee Alexander of Edinburgh to a storm of booing and shaking of fists. As they walked up the corridor to the dressing rooms, paper was thrown at them. The trouble came when Hamilton were awarded an equalising goal five minutes from time. Spectators, police - who were nearest the scene - and ball boys were adamant that the shot, two yards wide, passed through a faulty side net.
▼ UNDER terrible weather conditions a 53 foot luxury motor yacht was launched at Eyemouth harbour on Wednesday, by Mrs Barrett, the daughter of the owner, Wing Commander H R Collins, of Southampton. Sleet lashed the harbour as the yacht, the ‘Calliope’ was launched. It is a twin screw luxury motor yacht specifically built for use in Mediterranean waters.
▼ STORIES sweeping the Border country that the main line railway bridge at Berwick is to be closed for extensive repair work to be carried out have not been confirmed. The rumours are that the line is to be closed this summer and trains would be diverted round the Kelso-Coldstream-Tweedmouth branch line. This procedure was followed in 1948 after the August floods had swept away 13 main line bridges north of Berwick. And, after the flood considerable repairs were carried out on the Royal Border Bridge.
t A PROTEST is to be made by Duns Town Council against the Scottish Gas Boards increase in gas tariffs. The price of gas has increased by ten per cent.
t IN the Borders area 82 registered disabled people were found work in 1961 according to Mr J M Hunter, secretary of the Disablement Advisory Committee, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Earl Haig.
t a JOINT meeting of representatives of the four Border county councils, 11 town councils and several large organisations decided after a meeting at Newtown St Boswells on Wednesday afternoon to approach the Secretary of State for Scotland to receive a deputation to discuss the urgent need for a regional hospital for the Borders.
t CHIRNSIDE had Eyemouth as visitors on Thursday for football and hockey matches.
100 years ago
▼ THE estate of Hume, Berwickshire (three miles from Greenlaw), extending to about 3,924 acres, is to be sold. There are eight arable farms of from 194 acres to 1,583 acres, and there is, on this Border estate, low country shooting. Four packs of foxhounds hunt the district. The rental of Hume estate is £4,080.
▼ BERWICKSHIRE farmers and stockbreeders are congratulating themselves upon having got over the most trying part of the lambing season in a successful manner. Both ewes and lambs are healthy and with a spell of good weather the season promises to be above the average.
▼ WITH a view to strengthening the hands of the committee of Berwick Town Council, who are endeavouring to secure Berwick as the venue of the 1914 show of the Highland and Agricultural Society, a meeting of farmers and others interested was held in Berwick Corn Exchange on Saturday afternoon.
▼ A REPORT by a sub-committee appointed by Berwickshire Middle District Committee to inspect the road from below Cranshaws Post Office to the boundary with East Lothian was submitted. The committee had found at their inspection that during winter there was no certain means of access from Cranshaws to Duns and they had formed the opinion that the only way to meet this difficulty was to make practically a new road with bridges across the Whitadder. Probable cost was £1450. Both Middle District Committee and East Lothian Committee had agreed as the necessity of carrying out the work but they were not both agreed as to the financial aspect of it. A joint meeting of the committees had been held at Reston to try and arrange some agreement as to the financial part of this matter but they had failed to do so.
▼ BERWICK Rangers were to have played the pick of the Thursday League at Union Park on Easter Monday night, but the boisterous wind was neither conducive to a good game nor a good gate, and the fixture was declared off.
▼ FIRE broke out in the stackyard of the farm of Eccles Tofts, Greenlaw belonging to Mr Somerville, on Saturday night. The conflagration could be seen for miles around. Two corn stack and a large hay stack were completely burned, but the fire was got under control before any more damage was done. The origin of the outbreak is unknown. The damage is covered by insurance.
▼ ON Thursday evening the Duns Town Council held a special meeting and formally confirmed the resolution, previously passed, adopting Part II of the Burgh Act. This section, among other things, empowers the Town Council to pass bye-laws regulating ice-cream shops and other places of refreshment.
t EASTER Monday’s gale is likened unto that in Berwickshire on November 5, 1911. At Duns the Easter gale was heralded by dirty, overcast skies, a lurid sunrise and falling barometer. Heavy and fierce squalls were a feature of the storm on Monday, which spent itself at 7pm. The boiserous weather was trying to hill sheep and flockmasters in the Lammermuirs.