From Our Files

50 Years Ago - February 10th, 1962

A new 400 bed hospital for Dumfries will be the south-west’s main contribution to the £70 million national hospitals scheme announced recently. Preliminary plans have been approved and the details are still being studied. Depending on the national scheme the Dumfries project should be ready to go ahead by 1965. At the present rate-per-bed cost of hospital construction the proposed building at Dumfries is expected to be around £2 million.

AN increase of a halfpenny a pint in the price of milk to consumers was advocated by Mr H R Christie, Monreith, at the annual meeting of the Machars of Wigtownshire branch of the National Farmers Union of Scotland. Mr Christie, referring to the price of milk, said the dairy farmer was long overdue an increase in price. He added that they were receiving slightly less then they were ten years ago. In those ten years wages had increased by 70 per cent and a rise in rents of 200 per cent. The Milk Marketing Board had a monopoly, said Mr Christie, and there was justification on the part of the Government in having a say in the pricing of the milk. Looking back, the value of milk in 1938 was 2¾d per pint and if the price of milk had been increased to the consumer at the same rate as the price of coal had been increased in the last five years the price today would not be 8d per pint but 11¼d.

25 Years Ago - February 14th, 1987

SCOTT Cree Limited, who started producing high quality salmon and trout products ten years ago in Newton Stewart as a family concern and now supply a European market as well as wholesale markets throughout the UK, have been named as the regional winners of the Scottish Development Agency’s Business Award. They are now in line for a national award which will be announced next month. The firm, based at Creeside Industrial Estate, employ 13 people full time and 17 part-time and seasonal workers with an anticipated turnover next year in excess of £1,000,000.

As the first consignment of free EEC butter arrived in Galloway this week, the call went out to any voluntary organisation: “If you need butter - put an order in”. It came from Captain John Brook-Smith of the Salvation Army who are co-ordinating the distribution of the EEC butter mountain in the region. The first load of butter arrived in Wigtownshire on Monday and was soon distributed by WRVS volunteers and was destined mainly for WRVS lunch clubs. Weekly consignments of butter will arrive in Galloway from now until the end of March, when the free butter distribution ends.

For the three months ending December 31, 1986, a total of 262 people were involved in road traffic accidents throughout the region, resulting in 18 deaths and 244 others being injured, the Public Protection Committee were told this week in the Chief Constable’s quarterly report.