From Our Files

50 Years Ago - September 16th, 1961

SHIPLOADS of American tourists may soon land at Lochryan for a short visit to Galloway. The New York Director of the Swedish-American shipping line visited Stranraer on Tuesday, along with Mr W McCormack, Lloyd’s agent, made a tour of the district with which he was most impressed. The director, Mr Hilmer-Lunbeck, inspected possible landing sites for tenders from ships, which would each carry 400 passengers. Before leaving he stated that while it took some time to finalise arrangements, he would certainly endeavour to induce his firm to place Galloway and Lochryan on the tourist itinerary.

WIGTOWN Town Council have approved of a recommendation by their Housing Committee that property in North Main Street should be converted into flats for old people. A minute of the Housing Committee, which was approved by the monthly meeting of the council this week recommended that the flats be made available for aged couples or single units, with the aid of Government grants.

The Cree rose to alarming heights on Tuesday evening. After 12 hours of almost continuous rain it threatened to burst its banks and rush into the homes lying along the river. The occupants of Penkiln Terrace went to bed with the river lapping at the bottom of their garden. Many anxious eyes turned to the new Penkiln Bridge, where several 12 x 6 batons were completely swept away. In several places the Cree overspilled into adjoining fields and at one stage was across the road between Challoch and Clachaneasy.

25 Years Ago - September 20th, 1986

QUICK thinking by police prevented a potentially explosive situation from developing in Stranraer afternoon when Ayr United visited the town to play Stranraer for the first time in 19 years. Police stepped in to keep the two factions apart as rival fans left Stair Park after the game. In spite of their efforts there were several incidents in the town centre where shoppers were pushed, jostled and kicked by visiting fans.

TWO sisters met for the first time in 70 years this week after they were separated during the First World War. Mrs Helen Hay, aged 66, of Greencroft, Whithorn and 72-year-old Elizabeth Barrick, from Ontario, Canada, had lost all contact after their father was killed in the war and their mother emigrated to Canada to find work, taking her elder daughter with her. Her other child was too young to travel and was put in the care of foster parents in this country. After the death of their mother, Helen’s foster parents were informed and she was told she had a sister. The tow siblings started to write to each other and on Monday night were busy making up for lost time and getting to know each other and their many relatives.

GLOBE-trotting former classmates Paul Bannister and Douglas McDavid were reminded that it’s a small world after meeting each other in the street before a Scotland game - in Melbourne, Australia. Paul from Gatehouse and Douglas from Creetown both decided to go along to watch the football world cup qualifier and meeting up with each other was an amazing coincidence. But it didn’t stop there, after the game they spent the evening together catching up on all the news, while staying at digs in GATEHOUSE Street!