From the Files - May 6

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

25 years ago - May 10, 1991

Drumlithie inventor’s breakthrough in wake of Hillsborough disaster -

Drumlithie engineer and inventor Sandy Ritchie has helped develop a revoluntionary new perimeter fence for football parks that could help prevent accidents like the Hillsborough disaster, which killed 96 people.

Sandy and his business partner, George Soutar from Peterculter has created a pressure-sensitive fence which opens when the force applied against it reaches a pre set level.

Each gate stands 2.2 metres high and be be built to any width requirements.

Sandy and George have received national recognition for their work. They were finalists in the 1990 Archimedes Award for engineering.

Last chance campaign mounted -

A joint committee formed from Newtonhill Village Association and the local Community councils is mounting a final campaign in their battle to have plans for a 200 house devlopment scrapped.

The five strong group is producing a detailed information pack outlining reasons why Regional Councillors should vote against Headland Homes proposed development in the village.

Acting chairman Mrs Ann Malcolm said this was an important strategy as “many of the councillors who will vote on the issue have never been to Newtonhill before.”

Community Councillor Ian Mollison was preparing the text emphasising “unplanned capital expenditure.”

50 years ago - May 6, 1966

Provost Christie defeated after 21 years service -

The municipal election at Stonehaven on Tuesday produced a sesation in the defeat of Provost Tom Christie who, with 552 votes, was sixth among the nine candidates for the four seats. Mr J shankley, Dead of Guild in the last council topped the poll. Sixty -two per cent of the electors voted.

Ex-Provost Christie entered the council in the 1945 and was housing convener from 1950 to 1955. In 1957 he was elected provost, and held office for nine years.

Polling was steady throughout the day. By lunchtime about 20 per cent of the electorate had voted.

Fettercairn Man is youngest RSM in Royal Marines -

At 34 RSM John Ingram is the youngest man of his rank serving in the Royal Marines. At present he is the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Royal Marines Barracks in Eastney, Hampshire, which is the corps’ training establishment.

His 18 years’ service have been full of interesting variety. From 1950-1952 he served aboard HMS Euralysus and was at Abadan for the closing of the oil refinery.

From 1953-1955 he served at HMS Ganges in Suffolk where he was the Drum Major of the RM band. Two years later he was in the Middle East, seconded to the Sultan of Oman’s Army.

100 years ago - May 4, 1916

Over thirty cases -

Tere was a very large roll of cases in the Stonehaven Sheriff Court, with no fewer than 30 criminal cases alone. It was the first sitting of the court after the Easter vacation.

The great majority of the cases considered consisted of contraventions of the lighting regulations, principally by farm servants. It does not seem to be generally known that acetylene lamps on any kind of vehicle require to be obscured by paper or by some other meanrs. These being the first cases brought up beofre the Stonehaven Court small fines were imposed, but the Sheriff intimated that on the East Coast contraventions of these regulations were a very great danger to the public and offenders would be seriously dealt with in the future.

Concerts -

Stonehaven people have been very well catered for musically during the past few days.

Mr M’Gill and the choir of the Dunnottar Parish Church assisted by Mrs Donald Muno from Banchory gave a splendid recital of sacred music in the church.

Also Mr Donald Munro and a party from Banchory gave in the Town Hall a fine concert on behalf of war funds, which realised the handsome sum of £31. The programme was of a very popular nature and was very much appreciated by a large audience.