It happened in the Mearns

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

Sunday, 25th October 2015, 6:00 am

25 YEARS AGO - Friday October 26th 1990

The Moving Picture Show, which made regular popular visits to Stonehaven Town Hall with a wide range of cinema releases, has ceased trading.

The announcement was made to “The Leader” on Tuesday by MPS proprietor Mrs Aileen Rattray, who blamed rising costs on her company’s demise.

“We always had great crowds at Stonehaven,” said Mrs Rattray, “although we lost some of our adult audience when we moved from the Commodore Hotel to the Town Hall.”

The Moving Picture Show had been showing the most popular and up-to-date of current film releases for five years, moving their show between 13 venues from Blairgowrie to Wick and Thurso.

Their last performance, “Robocop 2”, was screened last Sunday in Stonehaven.

Mrs Rattray was hopeful, however, that with financial assistance the company could begin trading again.


A brave last-minute move by Stonehaven’s R.W. Thomson Memorial Fellowship to buy an 80 year-old replica of a section of the first pneumatic tyre, (invented by Robert Thomson in 1845) - failed at a charity auction of motor sport memoribilia in Edinburgh last Wednesday.

The local Fellowship were one of four parties bidding for the rare exhibit.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday October 22nd 1965

The disused wireless station at Kinnaber, Montrose, and the former RAF coastal radar defence station at Inverbervie, are to become top-grade US communication bases.

They will be extensions to the existing US Navy communication base which was set up at Edzell five years ago.

The two bases will be used for high frequency and microwave communication facilities, and will be re-named the Communications Annexe Inverbervie, and the Communications Annexe Kinnaber.

The announcement has ended months of speculation and curiosity created recently by a number of visits to the sites. Kinnaber was acquired by the US Navy two yeara ago, but has not been in use.

Captain J. K. Everson, commanding officer of the US Navy Base at Edzell said: “The United States Navy has invited bids from contractors to rehabilitate and modify the former RAF signals station at Inverbervie and the old RAF site at Kinnaber for use in naval communications.”

Construction work at Inverbervie is expected to take four months, and both stations are scheduled to go into operation in the spring of next year, with Kinnaber slightly behind Inverbervie.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday October 28th 1915

There is rather an epidemic of scarlet fever in the town at the present time.

In the Old Town, especially, there are a large number of cases, and Dunnottar School has been closed by order of the Medical Officer for Kincardineshire. Whooping cough has also been very prevalent in the town and district during the past month. Rickarton school re-opened on Monday after being shut for ten days because of the prevalence of whooping cough among the scholars. A good many of the children in Stonehaven have also got the “kink hoast” and last month there were only about three-quarters of the pupils in regular attendance at Fetteresso School.

Some hard, dry weather would do a lot of good in helping to rid the district of infection.


Judging from letters received in Stonehaven this week from men with the 1-7th Gordon Highlanders, the battalion is now having a rather quieter time in the trenches, which is doubly pleasant after the fearful shelling to which they have been subjected during recent weeks.

Several of the members of the local company, commenting on the casualties reported last week, say that it is a marvel how casualties were not much more numerous.