From Our Files

50 years ago – July 7, 1962

THE last ever prizegiving took place at Longcastle School this week. The usual light-hearted mood was saddened by the imminent closure of the school. The teacher, Mrs J Paterson, and her husband were to leave the district. Mrs Paterson spoke to the children of the long history of the school and all the social changes that had taken place during that time. The school was 115 years old and, over the years, things had improved and there was now a wonderful organisation in which everyone concerned worked for the wellbeing of the children. It was now the responsibility of the boys and girls to appreciate it by doing their best. William Sloan, dux pupil, presented a beautiful marcasite brooch to Mrs Paterson.

HISTORY was made in the Wigtownshire Junior Golf Championships on Saturday when 13-year-old Gilbert McCulloch, from the County Club, playing over his home course of Glenluce, became the youngest ever player to win the title. Gilbert also became the first County Club member to win a major Wigtownshire championship for many years. Playing brilliant golf, Gilbert covered the first nine holes in a fantastic 33 and returned in 40 to ward off a strong challenge from James C Brown.

THERE was a record entry of 57 cars for the treasure hunt organised by Kirkinner Community Association in aid of the children’s playground on Monday night. The winners were: 1. K McKie, Grange of Cree, Newton Stewart; 2. J Murdoch, Kirkinner; 3. J Fisher, Cruggleton, Whithorn.

25 years ago – July 11, 1987

TWENTY-EIGHT jobs are to go at the Scottish Milk Marketing Board’s Galloway Creamery in Stranraer later this month. The redundancy figure was originally put at 40, but this was cut back after talks between the SMMB and representatives of the Transport and General Workers Union. The reason for the reduction in staff has been linked to the decision to stop production at the Galloway Creamery’s feta cheese plant. This was due to a reluctance to pay on the part of their main feta cheese customers – war-torn Iran.

A huge entry of 760 animals will parade before the judges’ keen eyes at Wigtown Show on August 5. And despite not managing to attract royalty to the show, a man familiar with the royal blue colour is to attend. Rangers manager Graeme Souness will be this year’s guest.

A community council heard on Monday night that BBC Television is “in a poor state of finance”. This was the reply to Cree Valley Community Council’s anger at not receiving last month’s transmission of the Scotland versus Brazil football game on BBC2 Scotland. Instead, this area received transmissions from England and locals missed out on the big match.