From the files

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


Friday November 30th 1990

“Wheelie-bins” are “out”, say Kincardine/Deeside refuse collectors.

The wheeled devices - popular because of the amount of rubbish they can hold and the ease with which they can be moved about - require to be mechanically lifted, and the Council simply do not have suitably equipped vehicles for the job.

Director of Environmental Services, Mr Laurence Borthwick, says “wheelie-bins” are too heavy and cumbersome to lift manually, and has advised householders who set out “wheelie-bins” for emptying, that they will not be handled by the refuse loaders.

Suitable containers for refuse are standard refuse bins or plastic bags.


There are scorching rumours in Kincardine that Phases 2 and 3 of the proposed £1.1million upgrading of Mackie Academy might be postponed.

Regional Councillor George Swapp on Tuesday gave out the good news that the capital plan will go ahead.

Work to be done includes the formation of three classrooms and one social area in a former dining room; creation of open plan areas and modernisation of the Science Department comprising Biology, Physics, Chemistry and General Science and the provision of a new reprographics room.



Friday November 26th 1965

The Marykirk war memorial story sounds like a scene from a stage farce.

Who is to foot the bill for re-erecting the memorial after it blew down?

Kincardineshire County Council or Laurencekirk District Council?

The latter are the owners of the memorial, but the county council come into the picture because some years ago, as highway authority, they re-sited it to make way for road improvements.


County officials admit the removal of some trees which formed a wind break may have contributed to its downfall, but the county architect is not sure that it was very stable in the first place.


When it was re-sited the work was done by the roads department, and no doubt when it blew down it was again the workmen from the same department who put it up.

The cost of re-erection and strengthening is £83 10s 1d, and the district council asked that should be shared by the county council.


Both bodies have spent a considerable amount of time arguing their cases - far longer than they normally do over greater amounts - and the real farce of it is that district and county councillors are usually the same people.


Thursday December 2nd 1915

We publish this week long lists of donors and their gifts to the various patriotic schemes connected with the district - the local Red Cross, the fund for comforts for the 7th Gordons, and for prisoners of war in Germany.

It is highly gratifying to see that these worthy causes are receiving the support they undoubtedly deserve.


During the past week the recruiting committees appointed in Kincardineshire in connection with Lord Derby’s scheme for a National Canvass for Recruits have been very busy.

Canvassing has now almost been completed throughout the Country, and the results have, on the whole, proved fairly satisfactory. The attention and medical examination of those enlisting under the group system has been proceeding, and in various districts the large number of men coming forward has taxed the recruiting staffs to the utmost. Perhaps the most interesting point about the canvass is that it has brought to light the fact that the number of men of military age in the district is greater than one would have thought.

With the onset of winter, supplies for the troops in the shape of warm clothing are now in great demand.