From the Files

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

25 YEARS AGO - Friday November 2nd 1990

Kinneff’s controlled school crossing, manned by Mrs Nan Stevenson, on the busy Stonehaven to Bervie road is to be discontinued, the local Community Council was told last week.

The follows a request from Kinneff School to the Education Department that all children attending the school be transported to and from their homes, therefore not crossing the road on foot.

Regional Councillor George Swapp said that the authorities had agreed with the request for the lollipop lady to be withdrawn, but asked if this was a long-term arrangement.

When asked what would happen next year if parents asked for the controlled crossing to come back, Cllr Swapp replied that there were people who wanted the crossing retained. But having got the bus service on safety grounds, did they now want it taken away?


Parents are reminded that they needn’t put on a fireworks display for the kids on Monday, November 5, as the Stonehaven and District Round Table will be doing it for them.

The pyrotechnic show kicks off at the Mill Lade park, near the Recreation Grounds, at 6.45pm when the huge bonfire is lit - and the fireworks atart at 7pm. Please give generously to the collectors on the night as fireworks are a very expensive item.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday October 29th 1965

Thirty-two members of the Stonehaven Sea Cadet Unit had a great honour bestowed on them on Friday when they provided the stairway guard at the Navy League’s annual dinner in the City Chambers, Glasgow.

This is the first time the dinner has been held in Scotland, as it usually takes place in the Painted Hall of the Naval College in Greenwich.

The Stonehaven unit was chosen to form the guard of honour as winners of the Canada Trophy for the best unit in Britain. Part of the guard was formed by five boys from three units in Glasgow.

At the dinner the cadets were complimented on their smart appearance. The party was under Petty officer Alan Jones.

Attending the dinner as guests were the unit’s commanding officer Lt. Commander A.G. Mitchell.

Stonehaven has again been “invaded” by waxwings, the birds from the far north which spasmodically make their appearance here in winter. About 30 of them have been reported feeding on the berries of the service trees which surround Cowie Park, and they will no doubt also have spread to other parts. Their presence in force is generally assumed to herald a hard winter.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday November 4th 1915

An appeal which should stir every heart in the County is the stirring call for recruits which has been made to the County by Major Murray, MP, from the trenches.

During his six months active servie with the Canadian Cavalry Division, the MP for Kincardine, has learnt, no doubt, more than a little of the stern realities of the present gigantic conflict, and his earnest appeal should, for that very reason, come home with all the greater force to the “Men of the Mearns” still eligible for military service.


A special meeting of the Stonehaven Town Council was held on Tuesday evening.

The clerk read a letter from the Secretary for Scotland, drawing the attention of the Council to the necessity of enlisting as large a number of men as could be spared. It was recognised, however, that some men who were not “starred” might, for special reasons, be indispensable to the industries in which they were engaged, and it was intended to meet the claims of employers in regard to these men.

The Council were called upon to appoint forthwith a committee or tribunal to consider all such cases of “unstarred” men who were indispensable to their industries.