It happened in the Mearns June 26

Each week we bring you what happened in the Mearns through history from our very own archives.

25 YEARS AGO - Friday June 29th, 1990

Fears for the future of football in Stonehaven unless facilities are improved, were expressed at a meeting held last weekend between representatives of local clubs.

This comes at the end of a very successful season which saw the Stonehaven FC gain the top honour in the Junior game; two Amateur teams win promotion; and the game thriving at Youth level with terrific interest being shown in Stonehaven and the surrounding district.

This led to the clubs deciding to get together and set up a Sports Development Trust with the aim of developing playing field and changing accommodation in the Stonehaven area for the use of the whole community, covering a wide range of sports, but predominantly to redress the problems encountered by the various football clubs.

For instance, Stonehaven Juniors are playing in a field where the surroundin fence is in poor condition, the pavilion badly drained, and with no electricity supply.

Things are worse for the three local Amateur league teams. At a recent meeting of the Aberdeen Amateur Football Association, delegates were advised that unless the facilities could be upgraded at Mineralwell in the near future, the clubs could face a ban from playing their home matches at Stonehaven.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday June 25th, 1965

Gourdon is one of the few smaller fishing ports which have survived recurrent crises in the industry, but practically everyone is agreed that times have seldom been as difficult as at present, and most of those engaged in the local industry are gloomy about its prospects.

Last Thursday evening the brothers John R. Cargill and James L. Cargill left Montrose by train for London, having joined the Merchant Navy a few days earlier. John is now well on his way to Sydney, Australia, as a member of the crew for the liner Orcades.

This is but a symptom of the depression which has hit the village. Shortage of fish, low prices, and ever mounting expenses have made it impossible to keep all the larger type boats going - and there was a big influx of them in recent years.

Further proof of the failure of this fishing is the switch over by the skipper and crew of the “Enterprise” to lines this week. There are few to equal their skill with creels.

One retired skipper recalled that the former MP had advised them to concentrate on fishing for quality white fish on which Gourdon had built its reputation.

“The fishers were compelled to,” he said, and anyone can now judge the value of the advice.”

100 YEARS AGO -Thursday July 1st, 1915

Communications from members of the local company of the 7th Gordons to friends on Stonehaven have not been so numerous this week, from which it is surmised that the Battalion, after a short rest, are once more in the trenches.

The casualty lists published early this week give the names of the officers killed and wounded whose casualties were reported in our last week’s issue. These short but sharp spells in the trenches have reduced the effective strength of the Battalion considerably, and it is all the more necessary to get new recruits to fill up the blanks in the Battalion.


Now that the establishment of munitions factories on a large scale up and down the country is being pushed forward, there is a rumour that one of the Stonehaven factories is to be taken over by the Government for the manufacture of munitions. Nothing has, it is understood, been definitely agreed upon yet. Enquiries elicit the fact that there are a good few people in Stonehaven, who would be quite willing to do their best to help the Country in this way.


An effective poster of colours, “Take up the Sword of Justice,” has just been issued byt he Parliament Recruiting Committee.