From Our Files

50 Years Ago - March 4th, 1961

ST Couan’s Hall, Kirkcowan, recently reconstructed and redecorated at a cost of £7500 by the Machars District Council, was formally reopened before a large audience on Wednesday. The interior of the hall, which was closed for over nine months to allow the work to be completed is decorated in light pastel shades and presents a bright and airy atmosphere. An extension built at the back of the old hall included a new supper room, a fully equipped kitchen and excellent toilet facilities. The original was built in 1894 after a committee had gone into the matter and the trustees had borrowed £500. The hall, when completed, had proved to be a great asset to the social life in the village. However, these days of television, when one tended to sit back in the armchair and provide one’s own entertainment, put an end to most community functions. The Rev Hugh Tolland, chairman of the hall committee said he hoped that the hall would be used by the various organisation in the village, especially the young people, who could use it instead of hanging about the streets.

WITH a convincing win over Wigtown at Blairmount Park on Saturday, Newton Stewart qualified to meet Queen of the South in the final of the Potts Cup. Their experienced forwards had the County Town defence staggering at times and two well-taken goals by Vince Dagostini clinched their victory.

THERE were 15 road accidents in Wigtownshire last month, compared with 26 in December. Of these one was fatal, one person being killed, and of the others three were injured.

25 Years Ago - March 8th, 1986

LOCAL fishermen could face the dole if a proposed ban on the use of monofilament gill nets is enforced by the Scottish Office. Around 20 small boat fishermen who depend on skate fishing in Luce Bay and Loch Ryan will be the worst hit. They claim the measures, which are being brought in to combat salmon poaching, will put many of them out of business and are unfair because they only apply to British boats in Scottish inshore waters. Business partners Trevor Davidson and Bob Coleman, who work their 30ft Speedwell out of Drummore are horrified at the proposed ban. Mr Davidson said: “Ninety per cent of our income comes from skate fishing. It would cost us about £3,000 to £4,000 to change over to multi-mono netting - and there’s nothing to say they wouldn’t make that illegal in a few weeks time. It would take us at least two years to get our money back and there has been no mention of compensation.”

FOR the second year in succession Creetown Silver Band had an early start on Sunday morning as they were participating in the Scottish Amateur Brass Band Championship in Falkirk Town Hall. A lot of hard work had been put into the build-up for this event with the band practising up to three evenings a week prior to the contest. They finished 12 out of 21 bands - an improvement of four places on last year’s results.