From the Files - May 29

What happened across Kincardine and Mearns from our own archives.

25 YEARS AGO - Friday June 1st, 1990

Bervie Water is in a dirty, polluted state, the Royal Burgh of Inverbervie Community Council’s Vice-Chairman, Sue Brown, told a meeting of that body - adding that it was so bad it was almost blocked with smelly green weed where it met the sea.

Fellow member, Robert Alexander, said it had been getting worse and worse for years, and the watercourse had turned into a “rubbish tip”. It didn’t seem possible that fish could live in it anymore, though it was full of eels. Members agreed to report the poor state of the river to the North-East Water Purification Board - who have, in turn, agreed that the pollution will have to stop.

Bervie Water rises from the slopes of 534ft high Cairn Kerloch, between Auchenblae and Strachan, close to the source of both of Stonehaven’s watercourses, the Cowie and the Carron, though - fortunately - these do not appear now to be badly polluted.

A spokesperson for the Rover Purification Board told “The Leader” that the sea food factory at Inverbervie, formerly known as Highland Seafoods, currently had a bad discharge going down one bank, and in agreeing this shouldn’t happen, had given an assurance that steps would be taken to rectify the situation.

There is also considerable pollution in local watersarising from nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday May 28th, 1965

Stonehaven Town Hall is to be given a new look. Wh8ile the main hall itself will remain practically unchanged, all else will be altered, including the exterior. The alterations will silence the complaints, so often voiced in the past, for they will result in an up-to-date hall of which Stonehaven can be proud.

There were nevertheless some misgivngs in the council when the decision was finally taken. Some took the view that if time was wasted materials and labour would cost considerably more than at present; others were not so sure and felt that a decision should be delayed for at least a year. By a majority vote ot was decided to go ahead with the scheme, and so it remains to be seen who was right. Work is scheduled to start at the beginning of 1966 with the building of a new hall at the rear of the present building and it is expected that it will take 18 months to complete. When that is done all the hall activities will be held there until the front is completed. The whole thing is phased so that there wil be no interruption with normal working, but even so it will be three years at the earliest before the transformation is complete.

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Four hundred and fifty attended the Saturday night dance in the Town Hall, with Deane Ford and the Gaylords.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday June 3rd, 1915

Is Conscription coming? That is the question that is agitating the minds of most people at present. But though we cannot anser this it would be well to consider a moment the advantages of conscription if it should come.

In the first place, is our army big enough? Are the authorities getting all the volunteers they need to fill up the blanks at the front and to form the bigger army that is ultimately to drive the Germans across the Rhine?

Apparently not, for a few weeks ago Lord Kitchener asked for further army of 300,000 men and the age limit for recruits was extended and the physical standard lowered. If the Government knows, and only the Government can know, that the rpesent system of voluntary service is not bringing sufficient recruits, it is clearly their duty to find some other more satisfactory method. There is no doubt, too, the voluntary method is essentially unfair. The willing horse gets all the work. Those whose sense of duty and feeling of patriotism are keen, join His Majesty’s Forces, often at great monetary disadvantage while others, whose sense of duty is less keen, remain at home in peace and comfort. There is no doubt that every family with male members of military age ought to risk one to guarantee the safety of our country.