From Our Files

50 Years Ago - August 12, 1961

GALLOWAY’S only cave-dweller, Johnnie Logie, who last week was removed to Newton Stewart Hospital following an illness, has been transferred to Dumfries Infirmary for observation. It was while in Newton Stewart Hospital that Johnnie finally decided to forsake his lonely cave on the Kirkmaiden shore, near Monreith and his simple hermit’s life. When he is well again he will return to his native village of Sorn, Ayrshire after a 35 year absence to live with his sister-in-law and her family.

THE question of who is to provide a supply of water to the village of Blackcraig in the Stewartry was taken a stage further at a meeting of Wigtown Town Council this week. The most popular suggestion was that Wigtown Town Council could supply the eighteen houses in the village as their water main was in close proximity to Blackcraig. It is estimated that the amount of water required might reach a figure of ten thousand gallons per day. The water could be supplied quite easily in normal years but in a really dry year the Burgh of Wigtown required to have priority.

THE dilemma of Scotland’s smallest burgh, New Galloway, is still with them. As yet nobody has accepted the post of Provost, which has been vacant for the past eight months, when Mr John Paterson died after 31 years in office. But there is one ray of hope If the situation comes to a head the Sheriff has the power to appoint an official to act as Provost.

25 years Ago - August 16th

People are bring killed all too frequently on the A75. In the past two years the infamous Euro-route has claimed the lives of 40 people, pedestrians and motorists, in a series of horrifying accidents. Of this alarming total 11 of those who died, most of them local people, lost their lives on the notorious “killer mile” an apparently hazard-free stretch of road leading from the village of Castle Kennedy to Stranraer. This week, the Gazette has spoken to a number of people, including policemen, lorry drivers, motorists and householders living along the stretch, and we have asked what has become a very pressing question: Why?

The conclusion drawn by many is a disturbing one. Time after time, the blame has been laid squarely on one factor - the one most difficult to influence or change - driver error.

DUMFRIES and Galloway Tourist Board are to spend £2,350 to find out the effectiveness of their controversial 1986 holiday brochure. When it was published last autumn the brochure was criticised by many advertisers as “wishy washy”. Since then, nearly 42,000 copies have been sent out - a large increase on the previous year. The board will send out questionnaires to one thousand of the people who requested the brochure.

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Jamie Hutchison set up a new junior course record at Newton Stewart Golf Club this week, smashing the previous record of 66 to a scratch 63. His record-breaking round happened while he was playing in the Summer League on Tuesday morning. Jamie’s handicap is now 6 - which puts him level with the club’s top adult players. Jamie, who lives at The Merrick, Creebridge, began playing golf five years ago, but he says he has no ambitions to become a professional.