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50 years ago – May 26, 1962

IN Wigtownshire television continues to grow, although the rate of growth seems to be reducing. Sound radio, after a temporary stand, appears to be falling by the wayside. In December last year, the number of television licences issued by the Post Office in the Rhins was 3736, 175 more than December 1960. The number of sound radio licences was 1121. As far as the Machars is concerned, television progress continues. At the end of the year there were 2882 sets in the lower part of the county and the number at the end of April was 2865. Sound radio in the Machars took another buffeting in the past five months.

STRANRAER FC have snapped up former Queen of the South centre Percy Dunlop. “We are sure he can do a good job for us in the coming season,” said secretary Jim Edmunds. He joined Queen of the South three seasons ago from Dennistoun Waverley and his first term at Dumfries promised big things. But last season Percy, a crane driver in Glasgow, played mostly in the reserves side. Dunlop’s signing leaves only one problem position to be solved by Stranraer. It is at right half and the Stair Park side are weighing up the potential of another Queen’s “free” – Pat Dunese, the former St Roch’s junior.

Mr A Stewart, Roadway House, Stranraer, sampled his new crop of early Epicure potatoes on Monday. Mr Stewart is always among the first to dig up his early potatoes.

25 years ago

– May 30, 1987

A tourist information point is to be sited at Cassencarrie in a bid to draw visitors to Creetown, Newton Stewart and Gatehouse of Fleet, as well as service traffic on the Solway Coast Heritage Trail, the regions’s tourist board agreed at its quarterly meeting. It was agreed that approximately £3000 would be spent during the current financial year on a scheme to provide this point. The director of tourism, Mr Andrew Llanwarne, said: “Part of the idea is to tell people where they are at, but also to encourage them to call in at such places as Creetown.”

NEWTON Stewart will have more than a passing interest in the Walker Cup competition this year. For Graeme Shaw, grandson of the late Mr and Mrs J Peacock of Minnigaff and son of Mary Shaw (nee Peacock) who was brought up in Newton Stewart, has been selected for the British team. Newton Stewart Golf Club was also in the news this week after 16-year-old golfer Callum Dickson got his first hole-in-one on the second green. Fourteen handicapper Callum initially thought his ball had gone off he back of the green at the short second but he was in for a shock when he peered in the hole and saw his ball. He had put his nine-iron shot straight into the hole and achieved every golfer’s dream. Match secretary John Brodie believes only three or four players have achieved an ace in competitions over the course – the last around two years ago.