50 years ago – July 28, 1962
An outstanding success was again scored by the well-known Clydesdale breeders, Messrs H & A Hall, Glasserton Mains, Whithorn, at the Stranraer and Rhins of Galloway Agricultural Society Show on Wednesday, when exhibits from the Glasserton Stud won for them no fewer than five trophies. The show on this occasion was staged in the Playing Field, London Road, Stranraer, which proved an excellent venue for the event, which was most attractively staged. The judging took place in the forenoon under dull weather conditions, but as the day progressed the clouds gave way to bright sunshine, although there was always a cold breeze blowing in from Loch Ryan. The overall entries on this occasion were slightly down on last year but the stock, which was shown in excellent condition, formed a very fine display, reflecting great credit on the agriculturists of the district.
Reports that the railway lines south of Girvan and west of Dumfries will be closed have alarmed Stranraer town councillors. The council agreed on Monday night to try to find authentic information about Dr Beeching’s proposals. It was stated that any closure of the lines would isolate the town and give the cross-channel steamer Caledonian Princess a very doubtful future. Mr William Hastie told the council that trade unionists and railway officials in Stranraer were most alarmed at the reports of closures following the survey of traffic. If 300 railwaymen, with their wives and families, had to leave the town owing to redundancy it would be a blow from which Stranraer could not recover.
25 years ago – August 1, 1987
Stranraer townsfolk were treated to a right royal day to remember on Wednesday when Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra, dropped in for a three-hour visit. The smiling Princess captured the hearts of hundreds of spectators as she performed two important engagements – the official opening of the Coronation Park Day Centre for the elderly and a visit to the 150th Stranraer Agricultural Show. Erica 27th of Glenturk brought further success for Messrs W S Allan when she took the supreme champion title at Stranraer show, in the Galloway cattle section. And two-year-old Erica went on to become the best beef animal in the show to complete the double for Glenturk Farm. The Glenturk animal was the winner of class five for in-calf heifers born between September 1, 1984, and September 1, 1985, and took the best female title before collecting the Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented by R & A Hannay of Stranraer for the champion Galloway.
Sorbie Creamery’s cheese was in full flavour this week with the judges at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, as it not only took three major trophies, but also overtook worldwide entries for the supreme champion cup. The creamery well and truly swept the cheeseboard with their single mature cheddar cheese, taking the Cryovac Trophy, the Mitchelstown Cup, the Murray Vernon Salver (for the best UK cheddar) and the ultimate accolade, the National Westminster Cup for the best cheese out of all the entries.