It happened in the Mearns

This week we bring you what happened in the Mearns from our own archives.

25 YEARS AGO - January 19th 1990

There was a mini demonstration in Drumlithie at the weekend, when angry children gathered at the school playing field to draw attention, in a light-hearted manner, to the lack of facilities available for them in the village. Drumlithie is a thriving place, which is very much against trends elsewhere. The primary school roll is very high at 80 - and growing - whilst there are 50 pre-schools living in the area as well, and they have nowhere to go and nothing to do. Four swings and a chute on the local Glenbervie school property is the sum total. Drumlithie has a very strong community spirit, which has, been building up for years - able to fill their well-equipped hall almost any night of the week, with little help from the District authority. Known for its church without a steeple, Drumlithie is now the village without anything for the kids to do but residents feel it is time to change.

50 YEARS AGO - January 15th 1965

Progress at Laurencekirk’s new school is “most satisfactory”, and it should be ready for use at the start of the summer term in August. This was reported to Kincardine Education Committee on Tuesday. It may not, however, be big enough to accommodate the pupils, for it was planned when no rise in the school leaving age was expected. “Laurencekirk is not the only place with this problem, of course, for it is happening up and down the country,” said Mr B. B. Smith, director of education. It was reported that alterations to Inverbervie Secondary School have been approved by the Scottish Education Department. Certain room swill be done away with, others will remain as they are, and several new ones will be erected. It would be the biggest priority after the new Mackie Academy.

100 YEARS AGO - January 21st 1915

There were stirring scenes at the Station on Monday night when a large crowd had assembled to see some of the local men off to the front. There were several local men in 140 which left Aberdeen on that night to join either the 1st or 2nd Battalions of the Gordons at the Front. The men paraded at the Militia Barracks in Aberdeen in the afternoon and were presented with gifts of tobacco, cigarettes, etc. In addition the men were well fitted out with warm garments each one receiving a woollen helmet, muffler, mitts, and extra pair of socks. Recruits for the Royal Naval Brigade left the same evening and six local men joined the contingent at Stonehaven. Both parties received an enthusiastic send off at the station, and there was a crowd of well over 100 wellwishers on the platform to wish good luck.