25 years ago
▼ berwickshire District Council’s Industry Committee have given their wholehearted support to the proposed erection of poultry units in the Eccles/Leitholm area by Hamish Morrison Ltd. A new petition also supports the venture. Councillor Peter Redpath said he could not emphasise enough the importance of the development because of the spin off it would bring regarding employment. He commented: “We need jobs in Berwickshire and there are also other indirect benefits to the community.”
▼ borders Regional Council decided on Tuesday, by a single vote, not to spend £250,000 on a custom built pavillion and the taking of a prime site at next year’s Glasgow Garden Festival. But while that was “a narrow squeak” vote, they followed it by deciding unanimously that if they were not going to have a first class representation at the Festival, it would be better to have no representation at all.
▼ a 17-YEAR-OLD Berwickshire Army cadet has become the first girl in the KOSB Bn to gain a top cadet award. C/sgt Natalie Ridgway of the Chirnside Detachment Army Force, passed the 4 star cadre - equivalent to the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award - at a recent training camp at Milton Bridge, Penicuik. She will be presented with her cerificate during the final rehearsal for this year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August.
50 years ago
▼ the Secretary of State for Scotland has agreed to hear Border protests about the Government’s refusal to include a new general hospital for the area in their 10 year hospital plan. A seven strong deputation, led by Lord Stratheden and Campbell, Convenor of Roxburgh County Council, will meet Mr Maclay at St Andrew’s House on May 21. The meeting between Mr Maclay and the Borders deputation follows a conference at Newtown St Boswells in April when representatives of the four Border counties, the 12 burghs in the area and a number of large organisations agreed that the urgent need for a new hospital should be drawn to the Secretary of State’s attention.
▼ when the Eyemouth municipal election took place on Tuesday, there was a big surprise, for one of the retiring members, Mrs J.Fairbairn, finished bottom of the poll. Three of the retiting members, Councillors J.A.Johnson, Mrs Daisy Blackie and C.W.Dunnet were re-elected and Mr Wilfred H.Ward, who had been a councillor some years ago before he moved south, came back to Eyemouth and successfully fought for a place.
▼ the skeleton of a horse or donkey has been found while road improvement works are being carried out at Eyemouth. It was on Wednesday that county council workmen found the skeleton in clay while working on road improvements near the cemetery in the town. The age of the animal is not known but as the field in which it was found was drained in 1826 it must have been buried there before then.
100 years ago
▼ the present season for sowing the grain crops has been one of the finest experienced in Eccles district for a good few years. Little or no rain has fallen since the second week of March. The land is in exceedingly fine state for cultivating and sowing. There have seldom been such good opportunities for working the land. Unfortunately, the cold east frosty winds considerably check the growth- especially garden produce.
▼ FOR some considerable time it has been noticed that certain stretches of the River Tweed, particularly in the vicinity of the Till, have become overrun with roach, the presence of which is inimical to trout life in the waters frequented by the fish. About a year ago several hundreds of roach were taken in salmon fishing nets near Tillmouth, and recently the Tweed Commissioners voted a sum of money in order that a netting raid might be carried out.
▼ The first game of rugby witnessed in Coldstream was played at Home Park on Wednesday, in a ‘friendly’ between a team captained by A.E. McDougal, against Kelso. The game attracted a very large crowd of spectators, who showed great interest. The visiting team, which included such well known players as Carl Ogilvy and Spiers Black, ran out easy winners by 13-0. A collection was taken in aid of the hospital.
▼ Duns met Coldstream at Chirnside on Tuesday night in the final for the Border Amateur Football League. Duns won the match 2-0 with the goalscorers being G. Vallance and R. Watson.