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50 years ago - May 5, 1962

THE need for adult help in the running of Newton Stewart Youth Club was emphasised at a meeting of the Galloway Social Panel of the Dumfries and Galloway Development Association held this week. The meeting heard that the Panel would be glad to have assistance from people in the town as the volunteers who were assisting at the moment did not belong to the town. The matter of new premises for the youth club was also discussed. The Education Committee representative said that nothing could be decided until the new Penninghame School was completed. Then the existing school buildings would probably be used for further education purposes.

UNDER the shade of a spreading chestnut tree the very satisfactory sum of over £22 was realised for the Royal Society for the Relief of Indigent Gentlewomen at a bring and buy sale held in the grounds of Torhousemuir, Wigtown, by kind permission of Sir Thomas and Lady White. The society had started over 150 years ago and that explained the rather old fashioned sounding title. It had originally been intended to benefit spinsters, or unmarried ladies, as they were then called.

Miss Margaret George, from Kirkcolm, who was recently married in Kirkcolm Church has become Galloway’s Spring Bride for 1962, having won the magnificent prize in our Spring Brides Competition which closed this week. She received the first prize of a fine table lighter for her new home. The prize, a Ronson Claridge, costs nearly £4 in the shops.

25 years ago - May 9, 1987

WHISPERS of possible redundancies at the Scottish Milk Marketing Board’s Galloway Creamery and at RAE West Freugh may be premature, spokesmen for both have indicated this week. But representatives of the Transport and General Workers’ Union’s district branch remain unconvinced. The Gazette understands that up to 40 jobs could be at risk in the Stranraer Creamery. Galloway Creamery manager did confirm to the Gazette this week talks were being held with the T&GWU, but redundancies were not yet on the agenda. The reason for the talks, said Mr Glover, was the problems brought about by milk quotas, introduced in 1984. The quotas, he said, had resulted in a substantial decline in the amount of milk available, the main burden of this being borne by the manufacturing sector.

THE fittest family in Glenluce will be raring to go this weekend, when the McCrae family trio will be amongst many thousands hot-footing in the streets of the capital in the London Marathon. Putting their best feet forward are brother and sister team, Robert, Elizabeth and Janet McCrae, of Artfield farm, Glenluce, all keen and very active members of the Newton Stewart Branch of the Galloway Harriers.

STANDARDS were of the highest quality at last week’s 145th Ayr Show and local breeders scooped their fair share of silverware over the two-day event. Whithorn farmer, Glen Forsyth was delighted with Kidnapee Des Tiennes, his Belgian Blue’s, performance. She won the Champion’s award for the Best Animal of Breed.