From Our Files

50 Years Ago - July 29th , 1961

AN adventurous trip by a party of schoolboys from Galloway Residential School, Garlieston, almost ended in disaster on Saturday afternoon when two of them lost their footing on the edge of the cliffs at Cruggleton Shore and fell nearly a hundred feet down the sheer cliff face. The boys, on holiday from Glasgow, had earlier been warned not to go near the cliffs because they were dangerous but the lure of the forbidden was too much for them. When the boys, both aged 11, plunged over the edge of the cliff, their friends rushed for help to nearby Cruggleton Farm, belonging to Mr John Fisher. His son, 26-year-old Ivie Fisher, with two of his workers, John Marshall and Sandy Williamson, immediately set off to help. Sandy and one of the boys made the dangerous decent of the cliffs, while Ivie went back to the farmhouse to phone for the police and a doctor. Soon afterwards, fisherman Alex Houston, with a rescue party from Garlieston, set out in his fishing boat to complete the rescue mission. They managed to get both boys on board and took them to Garlieston Harbour where a doctor and an ambulance were waiting. One boy had severe head and face injuries and multiple rib fractures while the other one escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.

THE sporting public of Galloway turned out in tweeds and brogues on Saturday evening at Machermore Field, for the annual Newton Stewart Race Meeting. Nineteen bookmakers were present on the course and were kept at it by the punters. In the Galloway Stakes, Mr P B Adams’ horse ‘Mr K’ from Torhousekie, Wigtown, came to the front on the second lap and never looked like losing.

25 Years Ago - August 2nd, 1986

Persistent driving rain which grew heavier as the day wore on literally washed out Stranraer Show on Wednesday. Only a handful of spectators braved the elements and there were long faces as the members of the Stranraer Agricultural Society watched all hopes of the show being a financial success go down the drain. It was the worst weather the Stranraer Show has experienced virtually since the last war. The parade of stock and all the afternoon’s entertainments were cancelled when the rain became torrential, and those with trade stands also faced a financial loss. Show secretary Bill MacCaig said: “This is obviously disappointing but we’ll just have to chalk it down experience. As farmers know only too well we are at the mercy of the weather.”

A grant of £42,000 from the EEC towards the regional council’s factory units at Holmpark, Minnigaff, was announced this week. Euro MP Alasdair Hutton welcomed the injection of European cash as “a shot in the arm” for the region.

A new auxiliary Coastguard Rescue Equipment Centre was officially opened at the Isle of Whithorn on Saturday. The new complex has accommodation for a Land Rover and rescue trailer as well as room for storing cliff rescue equipment. The building is situated in a commanding position at the entrance to the village and replaces the small hut that was previously used.