From Our Files

50 years ago - July 21, 1962

A Service of Thanksgiving was held to mark the centenary of the erection of the Parish Quoad Sacra of Bargrennan on 16th July, 1862. The little country kirk was well filled with members and friends of the congregation together with representatives of various aspects of life in the parish. An inspiring sermon was preached by a former minister, The Rev David P Leishman, BD, who had travelled from his charge at St Boswells, Roxburghshire. The two elders Messrs Charles Crawford and A L Stewart took part in the service.

Mr William Monteith of Wig Bay Water Ski Club went from Portpatrick to Ireland and back, non stop, on one water ski. He was accompanied by Mrs Green in her speedboat, the round trip taking two hours. Conditions were favourable for the crossing.

Fine weather and favourable green conditions contributed largely to the success of the Sandhead Bowling Club’s open pairs tournament on Saturday for which there was a record entry of 67 pairs, representing most of the clubs in the Shire. J McHaffie, an Irish Internationalist, and his partner met J Copeland and L McFarlane of the West End Club, Stranraer, and were knocked out in the quarter finals. Another competitor was Dick Newlands of the Stranraer Club, truly a veteran of the party at the ripe age of 88 years. With his partner, W Davidson, President of the Stranraer Club, they succeeded in winning the premier award. In addition to the first prize, Dick was also awarded a special prize. The prize-winners were: 1, W Davidson and R Newlands, Stranraer; 2, A Reid and D Hannah, Glenluce; 3, A Sharp and W Mann, Sandhead.

25 years ago - July 25, 1987

TV star Ernie Wise well and truly lit up Gatehouse when he switched on the floodlights at Cardoness Castle on Wednesday night – for he had nothing but praise for the town and its delights. The ceremony was a huge success for the Gatehouse Chamber of Trade, who have worked hard for the past eighteen months on the project in a bid to draw more tourists to the town. And on the night, the crowds were delighted to see celebrity Ernie with wife Doreen driven in a horse-drawn carriage through the town from Cally Palace Hotel, before the ceremony. Ernie told the Gazette that although it was only his first visit to the area, it might not be the last! He said: “It’s a very beautiful area, and my first impression on coming from the airport was, what a lot of sheep! It’s very like New Zealand here. I think the tourists should come in their thousands to the area,”

A Newton Stewart woman has taken the Scottish Ladies clay pigeon shooting team right to the top – for she captained the team who took the British Open Championship Trophy at the weekend. Mrs Susan Bell, of Treetops, 8 Doonhill Way, Newton Stewart, as captain, led the five-strong team in the Down-the-Line championships held at Ashbourne, Dublin on Friday and Saturday. The team were runners-up in the Home International and won the British Open Championship.