From the Files

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

25 YEARS AGO - August 10th 1990

Pop star Annie Lennox and violinist Nigel Kennedy could be among the first musicians to support a new music workshop in Stonehaven.

Plans are now underway for an ambitious programme that will encourage local people of all ages to enjoy, learn, and participate in music - and so impressed is the Aberdeen-born singer of pop group Eurythmics, that organisers hope she may even contribute personally to the project.

Cockney violinist Kennedy, a bright eccentric renowned for his aggressive playing style, and greatly respected for bringing classical music to a young audience, is also keen to support the scheme.

Organiser Mr Dave Pazdziorek, who works offshore but is based in Stonehaven, said earlier this week that the workshop would accommodate all types of music. “It doesn’t matter what the individual’s interest is,” he said, “whether it’s pop or classical, jazz or folk, we will be catering for everyone.”

Assisting with classical music will be Mr Neil Purnell, the mastermind behind Stonehaven Consort, a 20-strong group of violin, cello, and other instruments who perform in and around the town.

Members of the workshop will not only listen to, learn, and play music, they will also have the opportunity to visit recording studios.

50 YEARS AGO - August 6th 1965

The electors who are protesting against Stonehaven Town Council’s £52,500 plan to alter and extend the town hall have carried out their threat to put the matter in the hands of the Scottish Secretary. Mr Alfred Forbes, chairman of the committee who organised a petition asking the council to rescind their decision, announced this on Sunday. He added that the petition will not now be handed over to the council. Last week the council decided at a private meeting to request that the petition be handed over to them.

Making the announcement, Mr Forbes accused the council of being “dictatorial”. He said he had received another letter from the town clerk, Mr Ian Robertson, asking that the petition be lodged with the council. Mr Robertson pointed out that this had to be done if the council was to consider the matter at their next meeting on 10th August. “In our opinion this is completely dictatorial,” said Mr Forbes. “We are of the opinion that in accordance with the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act, 1960, chapter 67, the council had no right to hold their special meeting on 20th July in private, excluding the Press and the public. We consider the town clerk is not within his rights.

100 YEARS AGO - August 12th 1915

During the past few days most of the local motorcyclists who have offered their services as motor despatch riders had been over their “beats” to accustom themselves to their duties.

We fancy some of them are pretty keen to have a full dress rehearsal soon, so that they might have some excuse for putting up new speed records along the various roads.

A quaint toy, showing Mr Lloyd George leaping over Government red tape to secure European liberty, is to have a place on a mantelpiece at the Ministry of Munitions.

When Mr Lloyd George was at the Eisteddlod at Bangor last week he inspected a stall containing toys made in the Vale of Clwyd - a new and flourishing Welsh industry. He appeared to be greatly interested in these ingenious models of himself, and as he took one away he assured the stall-holder that it should be placed in his office.

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The Special Constables in the Johnshaven, Garvock and St Cyrus districts were inspected on Sunday by Colonel Davidson of Balnagask, who is organiser for the district in connection with the Emergency precautions to be taken in case of enemy raid or attack, and by Mr Charles George, Chief Constable.