From the Files

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

25 YEARS AGO - Friday January 25th 1991

Confusion over what is where and how to get there is rife in Portlethen, according to the Keep Grampian Beautiful campaign.

The Keep Grampian Beautiful campaign have made the claim that an overwhelming lack of street names and house numbers is leaving even local residents of the town in a state of bafflement.

Hoping for a change, the campaign have launched an offensive against Kincardine/ Deeside District Council.

They have called for “action” to improve the town’s road signs.

The campaign want to see noticeboard indicators for roads on housing estates erected on the main entryroad into the village.

They also want more residents making an effort to number their houses.

But the District Council have countered their argument.

They said that they have not received one single complaint from Portlethen residents.

A spokesman for the environmental services department told “the Leader” that it was council policy not to put up directional noticeboards.

“Once you start putting these kinds of signs up, there’s no knowing where it would stop,” he said.

As for street signs, he said Portlethen had its full compliment, in keeping with all the other towns in the district.


50 YEARS AGO - Friday January 28th 1966

The fencing in of the portion of ground adjoining the Aberdeen-Stonehaven road at the north end of the Den of Logie will be viewed with mixed feelings by a great number of motorists who used to park their cars there and go down to enjoy a summer day at Skatie Shore.

It was, however, a dangerous spot, as the double white lines on the road indicated, and the prevention of parking there will undoubtedly contribute to road safety.

The wide grass verge on the other side of the road, which the authorities do not want to fence in because it would interfere with visibility, should also have some retarding element.

On a fine summer day the cars parked there interfere more with visibility than would any fence, and the maneouvres to get in and out create considerable danger.

Some sort of kerb high enough to prevent a car being driven over it and low enough not to restrict visibility, would seem to be the answer.

The loss of parking space would of course militate against the popularity of Skatie Shore and its environs, but that cannot be placed against the contribution of the safety of all those who use the road.

For there is no doubt that this is menaced by the presence of the parked cars.

100 YEARS AGO - Friday January 27th 1916

Feats of strength - In reference to the paragraph which appeared in the “Stonehaven Journal” under the title “Heft Ploughman,” describing various feats of strength, a correspondent sends us the following interesting accounts of some bygone athletic feats taken from his own memory.

The story of the exasperated crofter who seized his factor and threw him over a dry stone dyke and his pony after him, is reminiscent of a story told of the famous pedestrian, Barclay of Ury, who threw a tinker’s cuddie over a hedge.

The caird was a sturdy chiel himself and promptly threw it over again and this game of shuttlecock went on until the poor donkey died from the effects!

The feat of a hefty ploughman of a southern county is easily matched by that of a Buchan farmer (the late Mr W. Walker, Balthangie), who shouldered his plough and carried it to the smithy about half a mile distant to be repaired.

Fitted with new metal, he carried it home again.

This same farmer once carried barley to two men sowing by hand. Shouldering a bag, he walked alongside the ploughers up and down the ploughed field.