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50 Years Ago - March 24th, 1962

THE severe damage that was done at Carsluith shore following the storms last October was told by Mrs Balfour-Kinnear, Creetown, at the Stewartry County Council meeting on Wednesday when she unsuccessfully sought to give remedial measures to the people The County Council, as coast protection authority had been asked if they would be prepared to render assistance under the Act for the repair of damage to parts of the coastline, including Carsluith following the gales and decided the there were not such as to justify intervention. Mrs Balfour-Kinnear asked the chairman if the planning committee might not take back for further consideration the question of a certain measure of assistance to the dwellers down on the shore at Carsluith. In one case, six people had lost gates off their houses and on the other side the drainage system had been badly affected by the storms. The remedial measures necessary were beyond the purses of many of the people, and it would be a great obligement if the committee would take the matter back.

ON the eve of his departure from his native town of Whithorn to take up an appointment in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Provost John LB Arnott, Whithorn, was along with Mrs Arnott were entertained to a complementary dinner in the Castlewigg Hotel where they were presented with a handsome cheque from the Whithorn community. During the course of the evening glowing tributes were paid the valuable services rendered to the community by Provost Arnott during the 16 years he has been civic chief.

25 Years Ago - March 28th, 1987

THE folk of Newton Stewart are as polite as you will meet anywhere in the country - and that official. And to prove it, The Police Society are to present an engraved trophy to the town. Newton Stewart shares the award with Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The founder of the Society, the Rev. Ian Gregory said: “It has never been my good fortune to visit Newton Stewart, but of the votes received, a significant number were for this town.” Mr Wilf Telford, chairman of Cree Valley Community Council said: “I am delighted on behalf of Newton Stewart and that the award is being presented to the community council particularly since the council covers more than just the town of Newton Stewart. It is an award which is well deserved.”

GRANITE has been mined at Creetown Quarry since 1828. And as exclusively revealed in last week’s Gazette, unless market conditions radically change, June 10 this year will see the end of that 159 year history. New owners Tarmac PLC, who announced a £7million takeover last week have told the Gazette that the Creetown excavation was a remote unit and just part of the three quarries package they acquired. A spokesman for Tarmac said that unless the market for silver grey granite of Creetown greatly improves in the next three months, then there will be a total shutdown on June 10.