From the Files - May 13

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

25 years ago - May 17, 1991

Feein’ Market “fills up”

This years Auld Feein’ Market at Stonehaven will be more of a day out for all the family than in the past, when it was centred almost entirely on the stalls on the Market Square and in the Town Hall.

There are a number of entertaining surprises acts already set up by the organising committee headed by Arcadia Glass owner, Mr Kevin MacKinnon-Groves.

Almost all of the stall spaces have been filled already. Forty stalls are planned for the Market Square and almost all spaces have been allocated: 23 of the 30 berths available for the arts and crafts section in the Town Hall have already been snapped up. It promises to be a great Feein Market.

Portlethen’s Council quietly passes away.

It would seem that Portlethen and District Community Council has suffered an unmounrned death, with apparently little interest being shown by local residents in its demise. Not enough people have come forward to serve on the Council, legal services director, Mr Keith Jones, told Thursday’s meeting od Kincardine/Deeside District’s policy and resources committee - but he recommended that they try again to revive interest when it seemed worthwhile.

Following resignation earlier this year by leading members of the existing community council, new nominations only led to six members coming forward.

50 years ago - May 13, 1966

Women wrestlers at Stonehaven

A “must for all wrestling enthusiasts is the first of a series of ‘wrestling spectaculars’ to be held in Stonehaven on Tuesday, May 17 when some top names in the wrestling world will head the bill.

In an international heavyweight bouth “The Outlaw” will take on Scottish heavyweight Duncan MacRoberts, Glaskow in a 10 round contest. There will be two supporting bouts between men.

The women will get a chance to show their paces when Yorkshire’s “Blonde Bombshell” Jenny Fraser Muff, takes on “Harlem’s Queen of the Mat” Sugar Pie Harlem.

Provost elected after tie

Police Judge John Stewart become Provost of Stonehaven . His appointment came after a tie with Councillor James Shankley. Each got 6 votes but Councillor Shankley’s nomination was withdrawn and the appointment was made unanimous.

When the results of the ballot were announced, the town clerk explained that the procedure was to draw the winner’s name from a hat. There was a moment of silence and Councillor Shankley then asked the permission of his proposer and seconder to withdraw his name.

Provost Stewart is the father of the council having first been elected in 1935. Councillor Shankley was reappointed Dean of Guild.

100 years ago - May 11, 1916

Second Free gift sale:

Laurencekirk’s second free gift sale has realised the magnificent sum of £608. The sale was organised by the diectors of the Kincardineshire Auction Mart and took place within the sale ring of Laurencekirk mart.

The sale was opened by Colonel M’Inroy CB of The Burn, Edzell, in presence of a large gathering and the sale continued through the afternoon and evening. Besides the gifts of livestock, grain, and other farm produce, there were produce, tea and other stalls in charge of the ladies.

Honour to Johnshaven Fisherman:

At the Coastguard station on Saturday the members of the Johnshaven Life Saving Brigade under Mr George Davies, CPO met to be honoured by a presentation of medals from the French Government.

On February 21 1914 French Ketch, Daniel of Dunkirk was wrecked about a mile from Johnshaven and members of the local Brigade turned out with remarkable promptitude and were instrumental in saving the whole of the crew of 19 men.

The members of the brigade being civilians received their honours through the Boards of Trade, their silver medals of the second class and certificates presented by Rev John Nicol who complimented them on the high honour conferred on them by the French Government.