From the Files

From our own archive, we bring you what happened in the Mearns in history.

25 Years ago - Friday, March 8, 1991

Parents come under fire from Grampian Police chief -

Parents who create traffic dangers by indiscriminate parking when they take their children to school, have come under fire from Grampian chief constable Dr. Ian Oliver.

At a meeting of the regional council’s public protection committee.

Dr Oliver commented: “It is their responsibility not to create the hazards that occur by the indiscriminate parking of the enormous amount of traffic around schools.”

As he told committee members that the police had prepared a letter to send to all schools in the region, highlighting this problem.

Echoing the chief constable’s concern, regional convener cncr. Bob Middleton suggested that a road safety week should be organised at the start of the Autumn term, and his colleagues agreed that this should be explored.

Members also agreed that an earlier suggestion from the convener, that secondary school pupils could operate school crossing patrols at primary schools, should be investigated further.

A police report had recommended that this idea should NOT be pursued, but cncr. Middleton declared himself “not impressed” by the police reply.

50 Years ago - Friday, March 4, 1966

Bumper Year expected - Stonehaven is going all out this year not only to attract more visitors to the town, but to proive more organised entertainment, and it seems that is efforts are already bearing fruit, if the number of applications for information are anything to go by.

Mr Harry Ritchie, town chamberlain told the Mearns Leader yesterday that the number of enquiries received by his office are at least as good as last year.

“An awful lot of them are coming from the west, from Kilmarnock, Paisley and Glasgow- and a greater number than usual from over the border,” he said.

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Northwater Bridge Scheme will cost £500,000 - In the 10 years between 1954 and 1964 there were 47 accidents on the one and a half mile stretch of A94 at Upper Northwater Bridge. Seven of them were at the bridge itself.

Despite this Dr Dickson Mabon, Scottish Under Secretary, has told Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith MP for North Angus and Mearns, that the Scottish office must consider the claims of a scheme of improvement likely to cost £500,000 on the grant funds available for the classified road programme very carefully in relation to other competing needs.

100 Years ago - Thursday March 2 1916

Presentation - On the evening of Wednesday last Mr John O. Wood, janitor of Dunnottar Public School, was presented by the teachers of the sewing and cookery continuation classes with a leather collar box, and by the pupils of the cookery class with a pair of gold sleeve links, on his leaving for Aberdeen to enter the service of the Tramway Company.

Boy Scouts march to Rickarton - The local troop of boy scouts held a march to Rickarton. The boys, to the number of about 40, assembled at nine o’clock and, inspite of the bad weather conditions, began their five miles march. As they went further up country, they discovered that what had been rain in Stonehaven was snow further inland, and that there was a white mantle several inches thick all over the country. The troop attended service in Rickarton Parish Church and returned to Stonehaven in the afternoon.

Lecture on Eastern situation - On Sunday last the Rev. J. T. Webster, who has been for many years the head of the Buda-Pest Mission of the United Free Church, preached instructive sermons in the South and North U. F. Churches, Stonehaven. He dealt with the terrible conditions of the Jews in Poland and other parts of the East and Middle East.