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By The Newsroom
Saturday, 17th September 2011, 7:58 am

▼ work on the electrification of the main east coast railway line reached Scotland this week, when the first of the masts which will carry the overhead power wires was planted at Reston. The £310 million scheme will bring electric train services to the main east coast line between Edinburgh and London by 1991, and the first ‘open country’ mast on Scottish soil was planted during a ceremony at Reston on Monday by Archy Kirkwood, MP, for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, accompanied by Vivian Chadwick, deputy general manager of ScotRail.

▼ work on the conversion of Mount View, Duns, to mental handicap unit for 12 residents is due to be completed this week. The unit is expected to become operational by mid October this year.

▼ detailed plans for the proposed sheltered housing development on the Boston Hall/Duns Park site could be put before Berwickshire District Council’s housing committee next month. Duns Community Council, who for some time now have been fighting to prevent the development from going ahead, as they were against part of the public park being used for the scheme, agreed at the meeting to back down and not take their objections to the plan.

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▼ the future for young school leavers in this area is not good according to members of Berwickshire District Council’s industry committee. Looking at the unemployment figures for Berwickshire and the number of youth unemployed, Councillor Peter Redpath said “The future for school leavers is bleak.” Some farms are being sold in the area and this meant that more jobs were being lost.

▼ a CONSIDERABLE amount of work has been done for the new centre, the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, to open in Eyemouth next year.

▼ the two organisations which are concerned with the welfare of the ex-servicemen and their families, The Forces Help Society which is responsible for ex-servicemen and women, and the Soldiers’ Sailors and Air Force Families Association (SSAFA) have combined in Berwickshire to form a single welfare organisation.

▼ there was a controversial finish to Saturday’s Duns Law Race, the highlight of Duns Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club’s annual sports day in Duns Park. The six and a half mile event over Duns Law was won by Brian Emmerson of Teviotdale Harriers, with his team-mate Allan Casson seemingly finishing in second place. However, it was discovered that some of the athletes, including Casson, had taken the wrong route on the Law and were disqualified. Second place eventually went to William Anderson of Galashiels Harriers.

t archy Kirkwood MP has announced that he would be against any merger of the Liberals and Social Democratic Party prior to the next General Election.

t the future of Eyemouth Town Hall is still hanging in the balance. This follows a very small percentage of the town’s population replying to a questionnaire regarding the retention of the hall. Out of a population of approximately 3,500, 32 people replied.

t to be perfectly safe, the Torness nuclear power station, on which £1.2 million has already been spent or committed, will have to remain inactive, according to Stan Yates, Borders Region’s emergency planning officer. He said that the arbitrary evacuation zones selected by Lothian Regional Council cannot be justified and could be extended to 100 kilometres to 2000 kilometres, dependent upon the wind, its velocity and the type of nuclear accident.

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▼ jim Clark, the Berwickshire racing driver, escaped injury when his Lotus was in collision with the Ferrari driven by Wolfgang von Trips in the Grand Prix race at Monza on Sunday. Clark held his car until it came to rest in a ditch, but the Ferrari plunged on into the packed crowd. Von Trips and 12 spectators lost their lives. The accident came when von Trips was jockeying for first place with Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander, and Jim Clark from Edington Mains.

▼ when a solicitor at Duns Court on Friday appeared on behalf of an Eyemouth fisherman charged with illegal fishing within the three mile limit, he said application had been made to have open ground off Eyemouth similar to other ports on the Scottish coast.

▼ following complaints from members of Duns Public Park Bowling Club regarding the condition of the bowling green steps have been taken by Duns Town Council to eradicate the cause of the complaint. The complaints alleged that the green was not being cut sufficiently close, the roller was not being used, and that no action was being taken to eradicate moss.

▼ berwickshire is certain to have one team, and probably two in the third round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup. The draw, made on Monday, brings together those great rival Duns and Chirnside United, and on present form this is a game which could swing either way. The other Berwickshire club, Eyemouth United, are drawn at home to Civil Service Strollers and should have little difficulty in progressing to the next stage.

▼ in his monthly report, Mr J Small, Duns burgh surveyor, states that an abundance of wasps’ nests at the prefabs caused some consternation to the tenants and the council staff who had to attend to eradicate them. Little could be done where the nests were made under the floorboards

▼ the Berwick branch of Boots the Chemists in Marygate is to have a £41,000 extension and refit. The company revealed this week that this would almost treble their existing sales area. Scheduled for completion next July, the new shop will have a total sales area of over 4000 square feet.

t it was back to school for the Berwickshire children on Monday last and this year the school roll at the Berwickshire High School is the highest it has ever been, there being over 700 pupils in attendance. It is now three summers ago since the spacious new school was completed for the county and since then there has been a seven per cent increase. There is an increase of about 15 or 20 on last year.

t the Border Leicester record was shattered at Kelso Ram Sales on Friday, when a syndicate of three young farmers paid £2,400 for a shearling registered by Alan Grant, the well-known breeder from Thorn in Perthshire.

t A SWINTON gardener won two trophies at the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s 152nd Scottish Autumn Flower Show at Edinburgh last week. Mr G Patterson of Main Street, Swinton, won the Commemorative Cup for cut flowers and the Sharp Challenge Shield for his collection of vegetables.

t this summer nine pupils from Berwickshire High School attended the orchestral camp at West Linton, near Peebles. For a fortnight they rehearsed and played orchestral music under the supervision of the staff.

t there was a drop in the water consumption in Duns during the period from July 16 to August 31, the average daily consumption being 105,314 gallons. The drop in consumption was caused by the school holidays.

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▼ Bowling - The final of the Coronation Medal was decided between Mr J Hunter and Mr H Whitelaw, the latter winning by 21 shots to 17. The committee have arranged to hold the annual supper on October 5.

t Lord Sinclair, of Herdmanston, Haddingtonshire, and of Nisbet House, Berwickshire, completed his 80th year on Friday, having been born at Shabdon Park, Surrey, on September 8, 1831. Educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst he joined the army in July 1848, and from September 1854, served in the Crimea with the 57th Foot, taking part in the battles of Inkerman (where his horse was shot under him) and Balaclava, the siege of Sebastopol, and the attack on the Redan, in which he was severely wounded.

t An appeal is being made for ornithologists to assist in the work of the Aberdeen University Bird Migration Enquiry. Border Birdsmen can help this extremely useful and interesting research by cooperating in the actual work of marking with the university’s aluminium ring young birds found in nests or any old ones that can be captured without injury. The necessary rings, schedules and stamps are supplied by the Secretary to the Enquiry.

t Golf - Eyemouth Ladies and Captain’s medal - For the Captain’s medal six competitions were held and points given for the four best scores of each competition, the result being that Miss Daisy Robertson won the medal, having made thirteen points. Mrs Wood being second with 12 points. At a general meeting of the ladies, the captain presented the medal to Miss Robertson, at the same time complimenting her on her steady play throughout the season.

t After a lapse of three years owing to a lack of enthusiasm amongst the members, Berwick Rowing Club’s four card championship trophy was competed for on Thursday afternoon. Four crews were entered and a cutter handicap secured 12 entries. Broken weather somewhat marred the events and mitigated against a good attendance. The keenest enthusiasm prevailed, which should be a great encouragement to the committee after last year’s uneventful season.

t A MEETING of the general committee of the East of Scotland Association was held in Edinburgh. The third round draw of the East of Scotland Qualifying rounds was made.

▼ For many years Lord Haddington awarded prizes annually for flowers and vegetables grown by the villagers, and the flower show became quite an institution. Since taking up residence at Mellerstain, Lord and Lady Binning have encouraged the continuance of the institution, and the show held on Saturday, and opened by Lord Binning himself, was one of the best ever held. At the close of the opening ceremony, the prizes were presented by his Lordship to the successful competitors.

t About 11.30 on Saturday night, fire was discovered in the farmhouse at Rachelfield on Lord Binning’s Mellerstain estate, and tenanted by Mr Robert Wood, St Boswells. Melrose Fire Brigade attended, and there being an abundant supply of water, the fire was contained to the farmhouse.