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50 Years Ago - July 1st, 1961

THE tiny harbour at the Isle of Whithorn had two unusual visitors on Tuesday forenoon - a couple of Norwegian trawlers on a shark fishing expedition. The trawlers, the white-painted Andora and the varnished Striwick, were both from Bergen and were returning to Ireland after landing a catch. Seventeen-year-old yachtsman Andrew Johnstone, a member of Wigtown Bay Sailing Club, was a little way offshore in his racing craft when he was hailed by one of the foreign boats. After being asked where the nearest harbour was, Andrew volunteered to pilot the boats into his home port.

THE bright sunshine which favoured the annual Riding of the Marches at Wigtown in the forenoon continued into the afternoon for the crowning of fifteen-year-old Miss Betty Norris as “Queen” of Wigtown. With all the pomp and dignity befitting the occasion, the “Queen” was crowned by Mrs Brewis of Ardwell, wife of Mr John Brewis, MP for Galloway. The colourful ceremony was carried out in front of the county buildings before a large crowd of locals and visitors who had an excellent view from the surrounds of the bowling green. The strains of “Bonnie Gallowa’” were heard as the royal party took up their positions on the dias. Two members of the Boys Brigade, Jan Lewicki and Brian McClune; two life boys John Drysdale and Brian Allan; and two Brownies, Maureen Yourell and Elizabeth Brown, attended the “Queen”.

25 Years Ago - July 5th, 1986

A NEWTON Stewart butcher found his own solution to the problems caused by last week’s ban on lamb movement across the region in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster. This week, the butcher’s shop operated by W & W Park at 57 Victoria Street was advertising “Nuclear Free” New Zealand lamb.... and the unusual notice was certainly catching the attention of customers. The idea seems to have worked - for Mr Park added that sales had almost made up the shortfall caused by the ban. Mr Park said: We always try to buy locally produced lamb and will be buying from our usual sources as soon as the ban is lifted.”

SEVENTEEN-year-old Jim Grundy, from Whithorn has qualified for the 54 hole Ford/Daily Express National Boys Golf Championship at La Manga Golf Club, Spain, in September. Jim, who’s handicap is five, has been popular member of St Medan Golf Club for ten years. Jim say he owes much of his success as a golfer to the late Norman Laing, who first introduced him to golf, and coached him until his death. He is hoping to see Tony Jacklin and Seve Ballesteros, who both play at La Manga, during his trip.

KIRKCOLM Youth Club were the hosts of the Annual “It’s a Knockout” competition for the Wigtownshire and Stewartry Association of Youth Clubs last Sunday. Youth Club members from across the area enjoyed an afternoon of fun competitions, most of which involved water.