From Our Files

50 years ago – September 23, 1961

It is not everybody who has the honour of shaking hands with King Hussein, but a Newton Stewart schoolboy had that privilege when he visited Jordan recently. Michael Dunlop, the son of Mr and Mrs George Dunlop, Baltersan Farm, Newton Stewart, was one of 20 public school boys who went on a trip organised by one of the King’s former headmasters. The party travelled by train and ship via Paris and Naples. From there they flew to Lebanon. After visiting Israel, the highlight of the trip was when the party reached Jordan and were invited to meet King Hussein at his palace. Each member of the party was photographed shaking hands with the King. “We had a marvellous holiday said young Dunlop, “it was really an experience I shall remember all my life.”

CONDITIONS were far from ideal for the hardy band of watersports enthusiasts who braved the elements at Garlieston on Sunday for the annual competition organised by the Newton Stewart and District Water Ski Club. In spite of the adverse weather, some fine performances were seen and appreciated, with the stage being taken first by the ladies for their double slalom event. This event was won by Miss Emma Murray of the Newton Stewart and District Club with a particularly fine run.

A small-scale equivalent of the American hurricane Betsy swept through Galloway on Saturday night, leaving a trail of havoc and destruction in its wake. The power supply failed in Newton Stewart at 7 o’clock in the evening. The film showing at the picture house was held up for a short time until the power was restored.

25 years ago – September 27, 1986

FREE-for- all trawling in Luce Bay could be “catastrophic” for the local economy because of the potential loss of sea angling-related trade, a report concluded this week. And a total of up to 90 full-time and part-time jobs, and thousands of pounds worth of income to the district could vanish if government legislation makes the bay an open area for trawlers. The report will be the district council’s main ammunition in approaching the Scottish Office with a view to keeping Luce Bay out of the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984 and preventing trawlers “fishing out” the bay and damaging sea angling resources and business.

WHITHORN could see an influx of 50,000 visitors next year when the second season at the Whithorn dig takes place. The forecast was made on Saturday by the man leading the dig, archaeologist Peter Hill, who told an invited audience that well over 10,000 visitors had seen the dig this year and there were hopes the number would reach 15,000 by the time the present season finishes at the end of this month.

THE Department of Agriculture lifted the restriction on the movement of sheep from the Minnigaff area as from midnight on Wednesday as the district is now clear of the high radioactivity recorded in many parts after the Chernobyl disaster. The Scottish Office has agreed to pay farmers direct loss compensation.