Nostalgia - It happened in the Mearns

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

25 YEARS AGO - December 29th 1989

ve coverage of the Stonehaven’s annual fireballs spectacular is to be featured - for the first time - on Grampian TV on Hogmanay. Stonehaven’s Grade 1 Pipe Band will be lending their presence as usual to add colour to the occasion, and a good turnout of band members is expected, for they were planning this as a launch to their Grade 1 year - even before television plans were announced. The band are expected to lead the first fireballs down the street at midnight, after Andy Watt has rung the bells and put out the street lights - which would interfere with the TV picture. Even a man who could remember when the fireballs were swung on the Shorehead, hadn’t the faintest idea where the custom came from, but thought it scared the New Year’s evil spirits away from the Stonehaven fishing boats.

50 YEARS AGO - December 25th 1964

With the departure of 1964 and the advent of 1965 imminent, thoughts turn to the past and to the future. It has been a quiet year in kincardineshire, with no momentous events to mark it, but one of steady, if rather slow, progress. In Stonehaven we have had no major housing schemes, but we hope gap sites at present being developed will be occupied before the new year is very old. Mineral Well has been acquired, and the long process of converting it into playing fields started. Nothing has so far happened with the extension of the promenade, which has been sanctioned, but we trust that actual building will soon begin. Laurencekirk, badly in need of housing space, is still in the throes of acquiring ground and cannot do much about it until the process is complete. May it also be expedited.

100 YEARs AGO - December 31st 1914

Ideal Christmas weather prevailed on Friday. The hard frost of the earlier part of the week continued, and the landscape had quite a Christmassy look. During the day the Market Square presented an animated appearance, being crowded with children amusing themselves at sliding, skating and sledging. In the evening, however, a thaw set in and conditions were not so pleasant. During the day special services were held at St James’ Episcopal Church, by Canon Christie, and at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception by Father Thomson. Both churches were tastefully decorated. There was the usual Christmas rush at the Post Office, and despatches and deliveries were quite up to former years. Extra helpers had, however, been taken on, and the work was expeditiously carried out.