From Our Files

50 Years Ago - February 24th, 1962

AN outbreak of jaundice, chickenpox and ‘flu has hit schools in Stranraer. The lowest winter attendance for many years was reported at Stranraer High School. Stranraer Academy Senior School was also badly affected. Fewer children attended Rephad School on Monday than at any time since the primary school was opened in 1958. More than 20 per cent of the lower classes at Sheuchan were affected and Park and St Joseph’s also had many pupils off. None of the schools in Stranraer has been so badly hit since the war.

TO mark the silver jubilee of the Rev. Hugh Tolland as Minister of Kirkcowan Parish Church, the members of the congregation and friends gathered in St Couan’s Hall on Friday night to present him with a gold wristlet watch and a cheque. The Rev. Tolland said that he first came to Kirkcowan in 1936 and he paid tribute to the members of the Kirk Session and Management Board for their splendid service throughout the years; to the beadle Mr McGeoch; to the organist Mrs Blacklaws; to the Sunday School teachers. The Minister also referred to the union in 1954 of the parish church and the Dawson Memorial Church which had been very successful.

WHILE agreeing to the engagement of Scottish National tennis coach Mr W G Moss for a two-day course in Wigtownshire Schools, the members of the Wigtownshire Education Committee discussed whether or not pupils took up the game after they left school. The services of Mr Moss had been secured for £6 a day plus subsistence and accommodation.

25 Years Ago - February 28th, 1987

DUMFRIES and Galloway Tourist Board are asking members to contribute 29 per cent more during he 1987/88 financial year in line with increased funding from the local authority. However, while the increase across the board will be 29 per cent, some areas of the trade, namely the hotel and guest house end of the market will pay more. Hotels and guest houses will be asked to pay a basic rate of £45 (up £10 on last year); Bed and Breakfast establishments will pay £43 (up £10). After giving the budget careful consideration, the members had agreed that if the tourism potential of the area was not to be jeopardised a 29 per cent increase represented the only realistic alternative.

ALL eyes were glued to the television on Tuesday night when the Scottish heat of ‘One Man and His Dog’ was shown. Glenluce farmer Bunty Hyslop and his Irish dog Zell provided the local interest, and running second, put up a first class performance. Having won his first sheepdog trial in 1936, Bunty did not lack experience and Zell rose to the occasion scoring 102 out of 110. In the end they were beaten by Hemp and Alex McGuish from the Hills of Kintyre who scored one point more.

A tonne of butter from the EEC butter mountain arrived this week but due to administrative difficulties the batch was restricted to the Rhins. It is thought that Newton Stewart will receive its first delivery for the Machars next week.