From Our Files

50 years ago - June 16, 1962

A request by the Galloway Pageant Committee that the Town Council should give lunch to VIPs coming to the Galloway Pageant was turned down by Newton Stewart Town Council at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. The Pageant secretary had written requesting that the Town Council come into line with other burghs running festive occasions and give lunch to the VIPs attending. The letter stated it was not in keeping with the burgh to ask those people to come to Newton Stewart and provide no meal until the tea in the Mission Hall at 5pm. The Pageant Committee was not in a financial position to provide lunch and they wanted the co-operation of the Town Council to entertain them in “a proper manner” as the Pageant was in every respect Newton Stewart’s outstanding civic function of the year. But as some of the Town Council thought there would be an “unlimited number of VIPs” it was decided to refuse the request.

WITH a score of 77, Miss Mary Stewart, Wigtown, won the Wigtownshire Ladies’ Golf Championship at the St Medan course, Monreith, on Saturday and thus became the first Wigtown winner of the title. The runner-up was the holder Miss Helen Nicholson, Newton Stewart, who returned a score of 79. Over thirty competitors took part.

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Miss Agnes Hannah, from South Main Street, Wigtown, was chosen as the 1962-63 Queen of Galloway at the Selection Ball held in the County Buildings on Thursday night.

25 years ago - June 20, 1987

FOUR local people have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced at the weekend. Mrs Anne Alexander, Clauchrie, Wigtown has been awarded the MBE for services to nursing. She is currently the Matron at Newton Stewart Hospital. Miss Helen Drew, of Corsbie Cottage, Newton Stewart, has also been awarded the MBE for her services to the community. She has held many positions in local associations and was the driving force behind the creation of Newton Stewart Museum. Mr George Porter, aged 74, of Glen Farm, Gatehouse, receives the BEM for his dedication to improving the stock of the Blackface sheep at his farm. He still puts in 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Finally, well known district councillor, Alf Caughie of Stranraer has been awarded the MBE for his long-standing services to the community. Mr Caughie has been a Wigtown District Councillor since 1945 and served on the Regional Council for eight years until 1982.

GALLOWAY Pageant Committee’s joint chairman, John McNaught, is making one final plea to the public for more help and volunteers in a bid to save this year’s event from collapsing. If more volunteers don’t come forward the Pageant could be reduced to a one-day event, he warned.