From the Files June 12

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

25 YEARS AGO - Friday June 15th, 1990

Newtonhill will have its existing charm destroyed if a proposal to build 240 new houses on Green Belt land adjacent to the village is allowed to go ahead, it was claimed last week.

The proposed development by Headland Properties Limited of Aberdeen, which has already been granted outline planning permission by Kincardine/Deeside District Council, and is now due for re-submission, was denounced by members of Newtonhill Village Association on Wednesday night. Rejection of the scheme was backed wholeheartedly by Newtonbervie District Councillor Anne Tunstall, who said she would do all she could to have any further decision on the development delayed “because the longer we can delay, the better chance we have of defeating these developers”.

The development, which is planned for land north of St Michael’s Way, lies on a designated Green Belt area.

“This open land is part of the village,” said Cllr Tunstall. “We do not want anything built there. New planning for this village has run out.”

Regional Cllr for Rickarton, Mrs Joan Miller, also at the meeting, said the purpose of Green Belt land was just that - to keep land green. “You can build there in exceptional circumstances,” she said, “and I wouldn’t call an unwanted residential development ‘exceptional’”.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday June 11th, 1965

Opening Stonehaven swimming pool for the season, Councillor James Shankley, pool convenor, said that last year there were 43,454 paid admissions by swimmers and 28,712 by spectators, making a total of over 72,000.

On the busiest Sunday 2,843 people passed through the turnstiles. Season tickets numbered 515.

“It is astounding that a small town like Stonehaven can attract those thousands of people, and to such an extent is this noticeable that last year the national press approached various people in the town to find the reason for Stonehaven’s popularity,” he said.

It was not the pool alone that was the reason. It was the harbour, the sailing facilities, the recreation grounds, the fact that it was on the main road to everywhere, and the caravan park, which made Stonehaven the ideal centre for a family holiday.

It was not generally realised how much organisation was needed to run the pool. They had a staff of 16 and for the most part they were young men and women attending university or the senior secondary department of Mackie Academy.

Most important they were all chosen for their high skill in life-saving and first-aid.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday June 17th,

1915 Summer sports and pastimes are now thoroughly under way. At the Recreation Grounds, a large number of people engage every evening in a quiet game of bowls or the rather more strenuous tennis. Bathing has also come into its own, and boating from the beach has also its devotees.

Of all the summer games, cricket has suffered most from the war in Stonehaven.

A large number of the former members of the Thistle Cricket Club are on active service, and the few who are left are not enough to get together an eleven. The Mackie Academy, however, have been engaging in practice for some time past. On Tuesday evening a match was played between the girls and the boys. Details of the scoring are dubious and difficult to get, but it would appear that the match ended in a victory for the males by two runs.

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“Dandies” and latterly mackarel have been very plentiful off the Kincardineshire Coast for the past week or so. On all the evenings this week big catches have been taken.

It is no unusual sight to see about fifty small boats dotted over the face of Stonehaven bay, all the occupants busily engaged in the engrossing sport, quite forgetful of German submarines and floating mines.