From Our Files

50 Years Ago - June 10, 1961

Reports were circulating in

Stranraer at the weekend that West Freugh Royal Aircraft establishment, which employs more than 300 men in addition to Air Ministry personnel and airmen, may be closed, and the work transferred to England. The base was to have been closed in 1947, but after representations by Stranraer Town Council was kept open and considerably enlarged to take the latest type of jet aircraft.

The long and faithful service given to the Wigtownshire Golf Association by Mr J S Boyd, Stranraer, in his capacity as secretary for 27 years, was recognised after the Wigtownshire Golf Championships at Creachmore, Stranraer, Saturday, when he was presented with a suitably inscribed shooting stick by Mr D W Nicholson, Newton Stewart, the president of the association.

The clubhouse was filled to capacity with competitors, officials, and friends, as Mr Nicholson paid tribute to the work done by Mr Boyd over the years. When his resignation had been submitted at the annual meeting the association said they had been very sorry lose his services.

WITH a view to marking the eighth anniversary of Creetown Silver Band the committee decided to open a uniform fund and several weeks ago a move was made towards this end. It was agreed to hold a sale and with the willing assistance of several ladies in the community the scheme came to fruition on Saturday afternoon. It was a most enthusiastic occasion, the Waverley Hall being laid out with stalls laden with goods, and there was a large gathering of buyers present. Dr Jarvis, the president, presided at the opening ceremony and he was accompanied on the opening platform with Mrs Balfour-Kinnear, the local county councillor; Mrs J H Barr, sale convener and Messrs A V McDowell and J H Barr, representing the bandsmen.

25 Years Ago – June 14, 1986

A NEWS release from the Scottish Information Office showing that rents charged by Wigtown District Council are the highest in the country brought an angry reply from the council’s chief executive, Mr Alistair Geddes. He said: “The fact that their tenants have to pay more in rent then those of any other district is not a statistic of which Wigtown District Council are proud. But by issuing bald statements like that like this the Scottish Information Office have over-simplified the situation and have not give the true picture. Merely to state the facts as they they have done has created a false impression.” The statement shows that the average rent in Wigtownshire was £15.70 per week. But Mr Geddes pointed out that comparison with the local authorities’ expenditure profiles at the time of the rating review of 1985/86 showed that Wigtown came 24th in a “league table” of housing authorities. He added: “What the news release does not say is that many other housing authorities were given considerable sums in housing support grants and are also making considerable rate fund contributions to their housing revenue account.”

FARMER Jim Wallace of Greyhill, Stoneykirk, returned home from this year’s Royal Highland Show with an armful of trophies. His two-year old shear tup, Roseden 007, was breed champion in the Suffolk sheep section out of 119 entries. In addition to several trophies for Roseden 007, Mr Wallace also won a silver challenge cup for the best group of four Suffolks.