From Our Files

50 Years Ago -April 1st, 1961

IN the Scottish Community Drama Festival, Western Division final, in the Empress Theatre, Glasgow, on Saturday night, the Douglas-Ewart Drama Club, Newton Stewart was placed first for the evenings production and the third over the whole three nights’ performances by the adjudicator, James Crampsy. Thus the Wigtownshire East Division final decision was reversed for the Creetown Dramatic Club which defeated Douglas-Ewart at Newton Stewart and went on to win the Stewartry Festival, were unplaced on Saturday. The Douglas-Ewart now go on to the Scottish finals which take place at Dunoon at the end of April.

Over 50 members of Galloway Sailing Clubs gathered at the Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart, on Sunday afternoon at a meeting organised by the South west of Scotland Sailing Association, to join in a discussion and listen to several leading yachtsmen elaborate on the rules of yacht racing and give some expert advice.

Mr Fraser Evans, Commodore of the Wigtown Bay Sailing Club, presided and was accompanied by Mr G. Ratcliffe, Commodore of the Solway YC; Mr J Girotte, Solway YC; Mr J Penman Solway YC; and Dr N Robertson, Wigtown Bay. Also present was Miss P Penman, who has won the GP 14 Championship on several occasions. Mr Ratcliffe opened the programme with a talk on seamanship, in which he stressed the need for the use of life jackets whilst sailing. Most people, he said, learn from very costly experience. Among the other topics he covered were fenders, which, he said, could save a lot of money in repainting dinghies, anchors, moorings and several other points which proved of great interest to all present.

25 Years Ago - April 5th, 1986

ANGRY Newton Stewart motorists were demanding this week to know why they are paying some of the highest petrol prices in Scotland. In other towns in the region like Castle Douglas, Stranraer and Girvan the price is £1.79.6 per gallon, the national accepted average for Scotland, but in Newton Stewart the cheaper fuel is £1.82.9 and that came only on Wednesday at Newton Stewart Motors. Up until that day the price throughout the town had been £1.86. But one garage owner has hit back by accusing locals of being “rather niggardly” over the price of their petrol and blamed outside factors for the price discrepancies. Mr Richard Dobson, proprietor of Galloway Motors, gave an assurance that local garage owners are “trying to play fair with the public”. He said: “It’s not as if we put the prices straight up to the top when the Chancellor added seven and a half pence to the price of a gallon. We only put ours up three or four pence and then it was three or four days later when we took a new delivery.” Part of the reason for Newton Stewart costs being higher than the rest of the region was because, Mr Dobson explained, the petrol companies refuse point blank to get involved in a price war in this area.

IF Boxer Frank Bruno wins the coveted world heavyweight crown, his victory will be due in no small measure to the help he has been given by Wigtownshire farmer, Willie Allan. For at a ceremony in a London hotel on Monday, Frank was presented with 200 prize fillet steaks supplied by the farmer from Glenturk from his top quality Simmental cross beef cattle. The meat presented was a the gift of the British Simmental Cattle Society and the steaks, at around a hundredweight, will provide a knockout punch.