From Our Files

50 Years Ago - August 5th, 1961

WIGTOWN Agricultural Society celebrated their 150th anniversary with a great show in Southfield Park on Wednesday. The champion of champions was a one-shear Blackfaced ram lamb, bred at Cairnerzean, New Luce and shown by Messrs J W and G McCallum, Falbae, Creetown. The ram, which was bought at Newton Stewart show and sale last year for £2,000, and was being shown for the first time last Wednesday, was awarded the James Craig Perpetual Cup for the most outstanding exhibit in the show. Messrs H and H Hall, Glasserton Mains, Whithorn, repeated their success of last year by winning the supreme championship in the Clydesdale horse section while the Ayrshire supreme champion was shown by Mr John Wallace, Kildrochat Mains, Stranraer. The occasion was a unique one in that the Society was celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the show was one well worthy of the occasion, maintaining Wigtown’s reputation for a really wonderful one-day exhibition. The results as they came to hand from the judges were announced over the loud-speaker equipment provided by Merssrs Murchie, Bridgend, Newton Stewart. Luncheons and teas were available on the field throughout the day in the catering and refreshments tent being in the hands of Messrs Strachan Kerr Ltd, Glasgow. On duty at the showfield were members of the local detachment of the Red Cross who had several minor casualties to deal with, most of them affected by the heat.

Stranraer Harbour has never been so busy as in the past week. All previous records for the number of cars transported over to Ireland by the cross-channel steamers, The Hampton Ferry and The Princess Margaret, were broken last weekend. Friday, Saturday and Monday were exceptionally busy and no fewer than 400 vehicles made the trip each day.

25 Years Ago - August 9th, 1986

LITTLE Anglea Copeland had a very good reason to remember Wigtown Agricultural Society’s 175th anniversary on Wednesday when she became the youngest ever winner of the Champion of Champions Cup. Seven-year-old Angela, of Knockishee, Glenluce, won the Craig Cup on her Welsh pony, Fair Naomi. You would expect that such an achievement would make Naomi a favourite with Angela, who has three ponies - but not a bit of it! Asked by a Gazette reporter if the champion was her best pony, the young rider replied: “No. My best pony is the one in the box.” She was referring to Snowflake, the pony she rides most often and uses for show jumping and games events. Despite everything Angela’s heart still belongs to Snowflake....

THE excavations at Whithorn are now in their third week, and to date many interesting finds have been uncovered. Archaeologist Peter Hill said: “My team have already uncovered a large stone building and a cemetery dating 1200 to 1400 AD. The building seems to have been a house and it may have been a barn, belonging to the Medieval Priory. One of the burials was wrapped in a shroud, secured by a fish hook. Another grave contained the skeleton of a woman and a young child.