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Following an inspection carried out by RAF representatives, the 1st Stonehaven Tropp of Air Scouts have been awarded a Certificate of Recognition - the first of their type in Scotland to be so honoured. Proud members of the unit gathered round, as KIncardine/Deeside Commissioner Jim Anderson, centre left, presents the Certificate to Patrol Leader Barry Sharp.
Following an inspection carried out by RAF representatives, the 1st Stonehaven Tropp of Air Scouts have been awarded a Certificate of Recognition - the first of their type in Scotland to be so honoured. Proud members of the unit gathered round, as KIncardine/Deeside Commissioner Jim Anderson, centre left, presents the Certificate to Patrol Leader Barry Sharp.
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We take a look back at what was making the headlines locally on this week in 1992, 1967 and 1917:

25 YEARS AGO

Friday February 21st 1992

“A complete surprise”, that was the modest reaction of Cookney boxer, Andy Craig to the news that he had been selected to become the Kincardine and Deeside Sports Personality of the Year, 1991.

“When I looked at the other names in the running I didn’t think I had a chance,” admitted Andy who knew that the standard set in previous years (the 1990 winner was Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ian Bruce) was extremely high.

But there was no doubt in the selection committee’s mind that the three times Scottish Amateur Boxing champion was a worthy winner of the district’s top Sports Award.

Andy Craig recorded his third successive Scottish title win after a difficult start to 1991. His job as a fitness instructor was responsible for a weight loss which forced him to drop down to light-welter weight early last year.

And against Scotland international Lee McBride he suffered an early defeat. But after returning to his customary welterwight Andy gained his third Scottish title with a comfortable win against Arbroath-based marine, Greg Johnson.

Andy, who took up boxing when he was 12 made his Scotland debut five years later against a useful English fighter Paul Mowlett who went on to become a professional.

Since then he’s boxed 25 times for Scotland.

50 YEARS AGO

Friday February 24th 1967

The raising of the school leaving age has created problems, for Kincardine Education Committee, for two extra domestic science classrooms will have to be provided at Laurencekirk secondary school.

These will be added to the present domestic science section at an estimated cost of £13,170 including equipment and fees. Mr B.B Smith, director of education, said that with the HORSA huts this should be enough for the needs of the school for the 1970s.

Estimated cost of maintenance for all schools for 1967-68 is £12,154.

It was reported that it would cost £600 to renew Dunnottar School playground, and it was left to Mr Smith to see whether patching would be sufficient in view of the fact that the school is to be closed.

A grant of £10 towards the re-decoration of Cocketty Schoolhouse was approved. It was decided not to replace a section of the boundary wall at Castleton School at a cost of £136.

After hearing an appeal by two parents for an improved school bus service in the Luthermuir area, the committee agreed that they were fulfilling all their statutory obligations and decided to take no action.The requests were for a bus detour by Luthermuir, or a special school bus to take pupils to Laurencekirk. The committee were told that the bus was a service one, and no detour could be entertained.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday February 22nd 1917

Further progress has been made with the plots at Cowie during the past week.

A considerable number of the ‘plotters’ were at work on Friday and Saturday, but it was not until Tuesday of tis week that the frost was sufficiently out of the ground to allow ploughing to be done. Well over 30 plots have now been taken up, including two which are to be worked by the wounded soldiers in St Leonard’s Hospital.

It is understood that other two have been taken to be worked on behalf of the Hospital. The soil, so far as it has been turned over, is of excellent quality, and should grow fine potatoes. It is understood that the Burgh surveyor has been in communication with the Board of Agriculture with regard to seed potatoes for the plot-holders, but so far has not received any reply. There may be some difficulty in securing seed locally, as even the smallest plots will require about a hundred weight of potatoes to plant them.

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Inquiries made yesterday among local potato dealers reveals the fact that the local potato supplies are of the minutest quantities.Since the New year matters have been aggravated by the snowstorm and the hard frost, which prevented farmers who had a supply from opening their pits. At the same time, it must be admitted that most of the farmers in this district will have very little surplus.