From our files

50 years ago 
December 22, 1962

it HAS been a record-breaking year for the cross-channel steamer Princess Caledonia. It was just a year since the 3630-ton ship made her first crossing from Stranraer to Larne. The journey, completed in two and a quarter hours, didn’t set any records as far as time or speed were concerned, but it did herald a new era in the history of this crossing. The record books will show that during its first 12 months the Caledonia was in operation, she carried 14 per cent more passengers and 40 per cent more vehicles. During the summer period, 30,000 extra passengers and 5000 extra cars and lorries used the boat.

after a lengthy discussion, the members of the Machars District Council of Wigtown County Council decided by six votes to four to permit, subject to certain conditions, the playing of bingo in the village halls which come under their jurisdiction. The question of whether bingo sessions should be permitted in village halls arose from the fact that an applicationhad been submitted some time ago by the secretary of Tarff Rovers Football Club in respect of the hall in Kirkcowan. The committee of the football club had asked for the use of the hall one night each week for bingo sessions.

On THE question of whether Catholic children should be conveyed to Catholic schools and have their transport paid, the members of Wigtownshire Eduction Committee, at a meeting in Stranraer, have decided by eight votes to four to adhere to the present principle that a child should attend the school nearest its home, and if there was a desire to attend another school, the child would be allowed to attend only if the fare was paid by the parent.

25 years ago
– December 19, 1987

More progress was made by Wigtown District Council in preparations for the new Community Charge when members took a number of administrative decisions at their meeting. The council formally agreed to act as agent for the regional council for the collection of the new charge and to handle rebates in the district. Three cash receipt machines are to be installed in Stranraer, with another two machines in Newton Stewart. The machines will be able to accept both regional and district council payments.

a man who went for a test drive in a car while he was disqualified, and was uninsured and had been drinking was sentenced to three months’ in prison at Stranraer Sheriff Court. William Western, if Whitletts, Ayr, was visiting a friend at Innermessan caravan site and went for a test drive. Police officers recognised Western and, knowing he was disqualified, stopped the car.