25 years ago
▼ A PLEA has been made for the proposed A1 Cocburnspath by-pass to be re-designed. The call has come from local residents who are unhappy with revised plans the Scottish Development Department have designed for the proposed by-pass. Over 40 residents last week attended a special meeting arranged by Cockburnspath Community Council at the request of some 30 electors to discuss the revised plans. At the end of the meeting, the chairman said the Community Council would not object to the scheme but would summarise their concerns in a letter to the SDD.
▼ THE Region’s hottest potato - whether to spend nearly £200,000 over the next 18 months on an exhibit at the Glasgow Garden Festival or not, will drop into the lap of councillors on May 5. If they spend the money they will have a re-usable building and push the Borders profile higher. But they will also be unable to provide the money to service two industrial sites in the Borders, which could have more long term value.
▼ RESIDENTS of the villages of Eccles and Leitholm this week turned out in force to voice their objections against the proposals to site two poultry units on their doorstep. Approximately 100 people attended a meeting in Leitholm Village Hall on Monday to discuss the plans by poultry farmer Hamish Morison Ltd to build the units on the outskirts of the two villages. And at a meeting of the community council immediately afterwards it was agreed that a petition against the proposals, carrying 150 signatures, would be sent to Borders Regional Council’s planning department.
▼ A LARGE crowd gathered in Henderson Park, Coldstream, on Friday evening when Ian Dickson was officially sashed as the 1987 Coldstreamer. Chairman of the Presenting Coldstream Committee, Ken Budge, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and carried out the sashing of the Coldstreamer. He wished Ian and his attendants Ex-Coldstreamer Michael Shepherd and Right Hand Man Malcolm Simpson a very successful and memorable Civic Week. Although not born in Coldstream, Ian, along with his family, came to the First True border Toon in 1971 when his father was appointed steward of the British Legion Club.
50 years ago
▼ SPEAKING at a meeting of the Berwickshire Roads Committee held at Duns on Friday, the County Road Surveyor, F.B.Drybrugh, said he envisaged a dual carriageway being set up from Newcastle, through the county by Coldstream to Glasgow by 1967. He did not envisage the A1 coast trunk road being made into a dual carriageway. In a letter, the Secretary of State said the aim was to bring all trunk roads in Scotland within a period of about 10 years up to a standard of layout and design which would be adequate for carrying traffic from 1970 onwards.
▼ TRAFFIc throughout the costal part of Berwickshire on Easter Sunday was reported as heavier than for many years at this time. There was a constant stream of traffic mainly going northward during the day, although there was a large influx of motorists from the Edinburgh direction seeking the countryside. At Eyemouth it was reported that Easter Sunday was a lot busier than normal and as the sun broke, Coldingham and St Abbs too had a busy afternoon.
▼ SHORTLY after 4am on Monday, St Abbs Lifeboat was called out to assist a yacht, ‘The Rose Hearty’ from Buckie, which struck a rock about two miles off St Abbs Head. The ‘Rose Hearty’ was on its way to Plymouth when it struck the rock in dense fog. For half an hour the crew of four bailed water out of the yacht in an attempt to keep it afloat.
▼ SIR John McEwen, ex-diplomat, poet and playwright, died at his home at Marchmont, Greenlaw, on Thursday, aged 67. His heir is 36 year old James, who lives in Bardrochat, near Girvan. Sir John is survived by his wife, Lady McEwen (a grandaughter of the late Lord Lovat), six sons and a daughter. Two of the sons, Rory and Alexander, are television singers.
100 years ago
▼ ThoUGH there is not on record that any one hailing direct from the Borderland was on board the Titanic, there is not one Border heart that will not go out in loving sympathy to the thousands who sorrow in the depths of anguish at the appalling disaster in the great, devouring Atlantic. The White Star Line vessel was carrying as many souls as are in the whole town of Duns when it struck an iceberg and went, almost in the twinkling of an eye to the fathomless bottom.
▼ THE fishermen are busily engaged getting their boats ready for the summer herring fishing. Five of the local steam drifters and one motor boat prosecuted the greatlines at Shoelds last week and a few more left on Monday for the same fishing.
▼ A NOTED agriculturalist in the district has produced two new varieties of potatoes, but is at a loss for the names of them. The writers suggest Columbus and Raleigh, as he does not think these names are on the market yet.
t AT Chirnside on Saturday, in glorious weather and in front of a fair crowd, the home side beat Duns three goals to one. The victory came by way of a first half penalty from Cooper and a goal apiece from J.White and T.Black in the second half. Duns, who missed a penalty, got their goal courtesy of Watson.