From Our Files

10 years ago

September 24th, 2004

Hundreds of low income households in the Machars could be staring at blank television screens within three years as Border TV looks set to become the first broadcaster to switch off analogue services. For low income families and the region’s pensioners this leads to the prospect of paying a £150 conversion fee or else going without television.

Dumfries and Galloway’s ‘First in Scotland’ slogan has never been so apt after the ‘Wigtown Passport’ reading scheme was launched. The sceme aims to encourage children in Scotland’s National Booktown to read book and use the library.

25 years ago

September 23rd, 1989

Newton Stewart’s historic pageant is set to become a massive street fair. For it’s planned to move the event across the River Cree to a new site based around Dashwood Square in 1990. Organisers have agreed to move away from Minnigaff field and the idea was approved by police and roads chiefs. The only objection was from the Tourist Board who fear the information office would be blocked off by stalls.

Morale amongst local doctors, nurses and hospital workers has fallen dramatically according to a report. Acute service have to make saving and increase productivity meaning less time to talk to patients. There were complaints about increased workloads, service cuts, cash limits and the powers of politicians and managers.

50 years ago

September 19th, 1964

Any last minute bid to keep open the Stranraer - Dumfries rail link will not get the backing of one of the most powerful bodies in the area - Wigtown County Council. By 15 votes to 13 they voted that they had no observations to make on the closure of the line and in so doing they slammed the door on what hopes there were of the service winning a late reprieve.

Fourteen pupils of Sheuchan Primary School who had hoped to go on a 10-day cruise to Denmark, Holland and Norway have ben told they will not be going. The trip was turned down by the Wigtownshire Education Committee by ten votes to five because the cruise, costing £31 each, was to be in school time.