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50 years ago – February 3, 1962

A Stranraer father who lives within 100 yards of Park Primary School has refused an order by the Wigtownshire Education Committee to send his five-year-old son to Sheuchan School, nearly a mile away. The father, Mr R Rice, of John Simpson Drive, is making a stand because of the distance his son, Robert, will have to travel each day. “My son lived nearer Park School than most of the children attending it,” he said. “He has three dangerous major roads to cross to get to Sheuchan. I have nothing against the school – it’s the principle of the thing.” Park School is at present overcrowded and the Education Committee decided to divert a number of beginners to Sheuchan. The matter will be considered again by the Education Committee at its next meeting.

WIGTOWN and Bladnoch were thumped 9-0 by Dunfermiline Athletic in the second round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday at East End Park. Scottish international goalkeeper Eddie Connachan, his yellow jersey without a speck of dirt on it, patted 24-year-old Willie McCreadie on the back at the end of this memorable cup tie as Willie had just played the game of his lifetime between the sticks for the county town. Granted he had just lost nine goals, but the number of miraculous saves he had brought off from the Fife sharpshooters more than made up for the score … and earned him rousing cheers, even from the Dunfermiline fans. The keeper’s inspired display epitomised the spirit in which Wigtown tackled their toughest ever task – against the holders of the trophy – but although they were out of their class they never gave up.

25 years ago – February 7, 1987

LOCAL volunteer groups are engaged in a massive operation to spread a chunk of Europe’s “butter mountain” to needy people in Wigtownshire. Lists of people who will be given butter in the EEC-inspired share-out are being compiled by members of many caring organisations. Anyone on supplementary benefit or family income supplement is entitled to a share of butter, and recipients include old age pensioners, the handicaped, the disabled and one-parent families. However, the EEC directive decrees that only volunteer organisations may handle the distribution – and therein lies the first problem: who is eligible for a share of the butter? The DHSS is unable to help compile a list as the details of who receives supplementary benefit are confidential. So it is up to the voluntary organisations to provide a list of those they think should receive butter. The net is spread pretty wide, but there is a chance that some eligible people could slip through.

A Pinwherry man has been granted permission to erect a retirement home at the Old Sawmill in Minnigaff. The proposed one- to two-storey building will have 10 double bedrooms with private kitchen and shower room facilities, lounge, television room, kitchen, toilets and laundry. There will be staff accommodation on the upper floor with five bedrooms, two communal rooms and two bathrooms. The applicant, Mr B Pagan, intends the complex to house fit and active retired people.