From Our Files

50 years ago – June 2, 1962

A wealth of musical talent – instrumental, vocal and choral – was to be heard this week in Sheuchan School Hall, Stranraer, the venue for the 13th annual Wigtownshire competitive music festival. Well over 2000 children, their ages ranging from five to 18 took to the stage to give of their musical best during the four days of the festival. The pianoforte duets for the under-15s were won by Clive Paterson, Newton Stewart, and Margaret Lindsay, Carsegowan. The adjudicator said the winners played the Gavotte very correctly and there had been a good balance between the four hands, which was not easy to maintain. Their polka had been a bit ragged for the first two or three bars but had improved.

A very successful Hannay Clan Society was held in the Commonwealth Club, Northumberland Avenue, London, when the convener, John Hannay, welcomed a gathering of Hannays, Hannas and Hannahs. Mr C P Hanna of Melbourne gave an interesting talk on the activities of the Australian and New Zealand members of the family.

WIGTOWN karting ace Ronnie McCutcheon was at his best this week at a meeting organised by the Scottish Kart Racing Club held at Cults Airfield, Castle Kennedy. In only one race did he fail to cross the line first when a loose plug lead cost him . With his single Montesa engine in Class I Super and his twin Montesa engines in Class II, he swept the field and three times lowered the track record.

25 years ago – June 6, 1987

SEALINK Ferries stepped in to save last weekend’s Galloway Marathon after last year’s sponsors, the Scottish Milk Marketing Board, decided it could no longer be involved. As usual, hundreds of local folk lined both sides of Queen Street to watch the field of 234 runners take their marks. Then, 15 minutes later, the enthusiastic competitors in the fun run were given a great send-off. No-one showed more grit and determination on the day then local runner David McDonald of Ewart Drive, Newton Stewart, who struggled home despite the fact a leg collapsed on him 12 miles out of the town. He limped home to the thankless honour of being the last finisher. Wallasey Road runner David Wilson was first home in the main event in a time of two hours, 30 minutes and 39 seconds.

SCOTLAND’S first commercial snail farm officially began operations this weekend – and four months from now the first batch of home-grown snails could be appearing on the menus of local hotels, or even in France where they are eaten in huge quantities as part of the national diet. Behind the venture is well known Wigtownshire cattle breeder Willie Allan, who has set up the snail farm at Glenturk, near Wigtown, in partnership with retired vet Jack Cameron. Mr Allan said he saw the development into snail farming as one method of diversifying his operations at a time when there are food surpluses such as butter mountains and the government was advising farmers to take more and more agricultural land out of production.