50 years ago – August 4, 1962
Among a party of students on an educational cruise to the Western Mediterranean recently were three pupils of the Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart, and four teachers from the area. Leaving on the SS Dunera from Newcastle the students, from all over the British Isles, made stops at Corunna in Spain, at Gibraltar and at Lisbon. The Wigtownshire pupils were Andrew and Marion Johnstone, of the Schoolhouse, Isle of Whithorn, and Alexander Torbet, Whitecrook, Dunragit. Accompanying them were Mrs Johnstone and Mrs McEwan, both from the Isle, Mrs Little, infant teacher at Whithorn School, and Mrs Sharp, mathematics teacher at the Douglas Ewart. The trip was an outstanding scholastic success for Marion Johnstone, who was the only student on board to win three prizes. She gained the Captain’s prize for the best essay written on the cruise by a student under 15 years of age, the Director of Education’s prize for the best essay on a visit to one of the ports by a student under 15, and the Art prize for the best pictorial representation of the cruise.
Reminiscent of an old-world country fair, the fete and community day held in the Playing Field at Creetown on Saturday afternoon by the Kirkmabreck Community Council, was a most successful and enjoyable event. The sun shone brilliantly during the whole proceedings and with many and varied attractions, the young people and grown-ups alike seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly amid the most pleasant surroundings.
25 years ago – August 8, 1987
John Hannah of Upper Barr Farm celebrated his diamond anniversary at Wednesday’s Wigtown Show where he received the Royal, Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland Award for sixty years service. That is the first time the Society has given out an award for that number of years of service in their entire history. For the first time in the 30-year history of the cup a Suffolk sheep walked away with the James Craig Perpetual Trophy, presented to the most outstanding exhibit in the Wigtown Show. The three-and-a-half-year-old two-shear ewe, owned by James Wallace of Greyhill, Stoneykirk, Stranraer, was certainly a well-deserved champion of champions, tipped from the beginning by many.
Rangers player-manager Graeme Souness slipped into Wigtownshire for the first time at Wednesday’s Wigtown Show, behind the wheel of his sleek “E”-registered royal blue Daimler. And the legions of fans were not disappointed with his appearance, nor that of team captain Terry Butcher, whose arrival was kept under wraps. Over-zealous young fans beseiged the twosome as they emerged after lunch from the Wigtown Agricultural Society building. During his visit Mr Souness has the mammoth task of presenting some 60 trophies to champions and class winners, but kept smiling. For one youngster, 14-year-old Alan Wallace, of West End Terrace in Stranraer, it was his lucky day as he met his hero. Mr Souness posed for pictures with him and signed his plaster cast.