From Our Files

50 years ago - June 9, 1962

A Whithorn boy, James Dodds, was taken to Dumfries Infirmary on Sunday with severe head injuries after falling 25 feet from the quay at the Isle of Whithorn. James, of Isle Street, had gone down to the harbour for the day on a borrowed bicycle, but while he was making his way along the quay the cycle toppled over and the boy plunged over the side on to the rocky seabed. Visitors rushed to help and carried him to a car on the quayside. He was driven to the local doctor, then by ambulance to Dumfries, where his condition was later stated to be satisfactory.

FOLLOWING the acquisition by Wigtown County Council of the permanent site of Stranraer Cattle Show for the erection of two new schools, the show this year will return to its former home, now known as the Playing Fields, in London Road. The site has been leased to the Stranraer and District Agricultural Society for 15 years.

OVER 120 children travelled to the Black Rocks at the Monreith Shore on Saturday in the Penninghame Sunday School annual outing. The weather was almost perfect and the children enjoyed bathing and building sandcastles under the watchful eye of members of the Sunday School staff.

WITH consistent, determined and steady play, 30-year-old Jimmy Gibson, of Stranraer, won the Wigtownshire Golf Championship over the Dunskey Course, Portpatrick, on Saturday at his third attempt. Playing in a near gale-force wind, which obviously upset many of the 76 competitors, he returned two rounds of 74, giving him the title by two strokes over his nearest rival.

25 years ago - June 13, 1987

INDUSTRY Minister Ian Lang secured his place in Parliament by way of a reduced majority early this morning when the votes were counted in the General Election. Mr Lang, to cheers from ardent supporters, won for a third time, keeping control of Galloway and Upper Nithsdale. He returned to the constituency throne with a vote of 16,592, down by 1,788 from the 1983 figure of 17,579. SNP candidate Stephen Norris recorded 12,919 votes to put the squeeze on his Tory rival. At the last election the SNP recorded a vote of 12,118.

THE Scottish Granite Quarry in Creetown closed for the last time on Wednesday. A spokesman for the owners confirmed after investigation that there had been no opportunity over the past three months to keep the quarry from closing down. The last remaining staff of an industry which once employed 400 men received the final word on Tuesday, and although they knew it was coming, the end was a sad occasion. The last two men to clock in were both off quarrying stock - Tommy Barclay and Larry Girgan. Larry said: “It’s the end of a life that has survived for longer than any of us can remember.” Tommy added: “This is the result of happenings when the big money men take over. We have seen it all before.”