From the files

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

25 YEARS AGO - Friday November 16th 1990

Bervie is planning to invite a member of the Royal family to take part in the celebrations marking the grant of the town’s royal charter in 1342.

When community councillors discussed this at Monday’s meeting they were reminded that the 650th anniversary is in June 1992. Since that is only a little over 18 months away, it was agreed that the invitation should be sent as soon as possible to Buckingham Palace to allow the Royals time to consider the visit.

Meetings to discuss the way that the celebrations should be done will be held in the burgh in two weeks time to discuss the 650th birthday party.

Meanwhile, there is money in the kitty already to help finance the celebration. Secretary Fred Offler reported that by 1992 the council project grant should have grown to about £1,800, and he had been told that the Inverbervie Common Good Fund stood at about £12,000 at the moment.


Gourdon residents were enraged at the weekend when their Remembrance Day service was disrupted by loud cursing and shouting from nearby footballers. Speaking at the local community council, chairman Mike Munro described the scene as “diabolical, unbearable and embarrassing”.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday November 12th 1965

Sunday is Remembrance Day, and everywhere in the county the fallen of the past two wars will be remembered by those who knew them.

But it has to be admitted that their contemporaries, especially those of the first world war, are always getting fewer, and it is doubtful if the occasion has teh same significance it once had.

In many places the question of whether or not the ceremony should continue has been debated, and cogent reasons for its discontinuance have been advanced.

That would be a rather drastic step, but some changes seem to be necessary, for a new generation is growing up to whom the two wars are mere incidents in history, and who have no recollections of any members of their own families who made teh supremem sacrifice.

Maybe the name “Remembrance Sunday” as it is still sometimes called, will have to be scrapped and a new term substituted. “Thanksgiving Sunday” may be a solution, as it is a day on which thanks are given for our freedom and the sacrifices that made it possible.

The number of those who remember with any clarity the original armistice of the 1914-18 war is decreasing.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday November 18th 1915

During the past week there have been several of the local members of C. Company of the 7th Gordons home from the front.

The battalion have now been fitted out with their winter coats of goat skins, and the local “Terriers” were picturesque figures as they marched through the streets. The weather in France, they say, is much colder now, three inches of snow in places. The battalion has been in the trenches almost continually for the past month, but there are hopes of a long rest soon.


The canvass in connection with Lord Derby’s recruiting scheme has been actively carried out in the county during the past week, and already a goodly number of recruits have been sent into Aberdeen for immediate service. In the burghs the canvass is nearly completed, and in general there has been an excellent response to the appeal, especially in Laurencekirk. In Stonehaven, too, employers are showing commendable willingness to allow employees who are not really indispensable to enlist, and nearly 30 have joined the Army or the Navy during the last few days. Canvassers report that they have generally been met with great willingness.