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50 Years Ago - March 16th, 1962

AN old age pensioner who had to go out his back door to get to the bathroom of his house at 55 South Street, Port William, was successful in his appeal for a reduction of the valuation of his house at a sitting of the Wigtownshire Valuation Appeal Court on Wednesday. Mr David McGuffie in appealing against a net value of £23 on his house said he objected on the grounds he was heavily rated compared to other houses in South Street. Mr McGuffie told the appeal: “My house and the one next door were built in 1881. I have lived at number 55 for 53 years. There was no sewage in Port William until 30 years ago and it was then that I converted the coalhouse into a bathroom to take advantage of the sewage. My neighbour in the adjoining house is rated at £14 and I am rated at £23. You can only wash your legs in the bath as it’s only 4ft 8in in length and this is what I am paying £9 extra for.” The court upheld his appeal and the net value was reduced to £19.

WIGTOWNSHIRE’S first lady of badminton, Miss Elma McGowan from Wigtown, for the seventh time in ten years won the ladies singles final of the Wigtownshire Badminton Championships in the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, on Saturday night. To add to her overwhelming success she competed once more the treble by retaining with her respective partners the ladies and mixed doubles titles.

25 Years Ago - March 21st, 1987

THE threat which has been hanging over the jobs at Creetown Quarry seems to have ended following a £7 million cash deal takeover by Tarmac Plc, announced this week. The Creetown Quarry is now part of Tarmac’s Quarry Products Division. Financial trouble within Glasgow-based FJC Lilley, parent company of the quarries had forced them to put the quarry on the market some time ago. Lilley say the new owners will “ensure the rights of the quarry employees are safeguarded”.

THIS Sunday, March 22nd, Monigaff Parish Church celebrates 150 years since it opened for worship in the spring of 1837. Many people have long been puzzled why the church is called Monigaff and the village Minnigaff. According to Kirk Session records there are 40 spelling variations for the church. There has been a church on the site dating from around the 12th century, but the present church was built in 1836 and began services the following year.

MURRAY Grierson of Dalbeattie and co-driver Roger Anderson of Wigtown are lying second in the 1987 Esso Scottish Rally Championships with 55 points, after the Datamart Valentine Rally, which took place on Sunday. The pair came third in the round with a time of 47.04 in their two-wheel drive Opel Kadett 400.

CASTLE Douglas bank clerk Fiona Kirk is hoping to bring the title ‘Scotland’s Pinta Princess’ to the region. Fiona, 21, will be bidding for the crown at Falkirk Town Hall on May 9.