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50 Years Ago - July 22nd, 1961

The “uncoordinated action” of Government Departments is causing bitterness and bewilderment in Stranraer, said Galloway MP John Brewis on Thursday night in the House of Commons when he spoke of the “woeful story” of unemployment in what once had been a prosperous town. He complained about the closing of the air Ministry of the Wig Bay seaplane base, and the closing of the great military port of Cairnryan by the War Office. Mr Brewis further criticised a proposal by the Ministry of Aviation to close West Freugh which employs 300 men. If it was closed, he said, unemployment in Stranraer would be 11 per cent in summer and 13 per cent in winter. Mr Brewis said: “The question of unemployment in Stranraer is causing great bitterness and bewilderment among my constituents. From the end of the war until 1957 Stranraer was a prosperous place and the unemployment figures continued to approximately two per cent. The depression which has come to Stranraer is caused entirely by a lack of coordination among Government Departments in the closing of their establishments in the neighbourhood. What is to be done? The board of Trade has the power under the Local Employment Act and I feel that it should use them very much more vigorously to bring Stranraer to the notice of industrialists who wish to expand. As far as I am aware, during the years in which Stranraer has been a scheduled area only one industrialist has been sent to look at the place by the Board of Trade.”

AN APPLICATION has be named to start a Hovercraft service between Glasgow and Stranraer. Mr Frank Wilson, millionaire boss of the air transport firm Starways Ltd., has sought permission to set up the first network of hovercraft services throughout Britain. The Glasgow-Stranraer service would link with Belfast, Dublin, Isle of Man and Liverpool.

25 Years Ago - July 26th, 1986

WHILE millions were glued to their TV sets for the Royal Wedding, Wendy Park, of Newton Stewart, had the thrill of actually being in the Mall as the procession went by. But Wendy was not just a spectator - she was there selling official programmes as one of 13 Scottish Guiders chosen for the job. But it wasn’t easy selling the 60p glossy coloured programmes as Wendy expected. Many of the crowd had already bought theirs the night before - black and white fakes at £1.50 each from “cowboy counterfeiters!”

THE ringing of the telephone in the early hours some ten weeks ago at Low Milton, Elrig, marked the start of a new life for Mrs Alma Campbell. On the other end of the line was the Western General Hospital in Glasgow to say there was a kidney compatible with er for a transplant. Since last September Mrs Campbell has been carrying out her own dialysis treatment four times a day. The day following the telephone call the operation was carried out. Mrs Campbell, has now returned home and is already feeling the benefits of the transplant and having the energy to take up the reins of her former way of life.