It happened in the Mearns - April 24

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

25 YEARS AGO - April 27th 1990

A plea from Community Education workers and teenagers in Inverbervie was made this week, to anyone prepared to accommodate a 40-foot caravan anywhere in the town. The “Bervie Detached Youth Project,” run by detached youth workers - Grampian Region employees who provide an advice service to teenagers, usually operating on street corners because of a lack of office facilities - aims to install the caravan in the town, and turn it into a permanent centre. This would be used as a meeting point for teenagers not involved in organised groups, where they could meet other teenagers, obtain advice, form discussion groups and arrange activities. Detached youth worker, Jeanette Duncan, told “The Leader” that a large number of Inverbervie teenagers - she estimates over 30 - “have absolutely nothing to do”.

50 YEARS AGO - April 23rd 1964

Squalls brought the start of Stonehaven Yacht Club’s racing season to a premature end. Three yachts capsized in the bay, their crews being tossed into the sea, on Saturday afternoon, and a continuance of the poor conditions resulted in Sunday’s racing being abandoned. All was going well on Saturday until black clouds gathered over the bay and the squally weather began. When the boats capsized the club’s out-board motor rescue craft, Dogsbody, and the fishing vessel Bella went to their assistance. Mr Amoore, Aberdeen, an experienced yachtsman, was the first to be picked up. The members were none the worse for their ducking. Coastguards who saw the mishaps informed the police, and Gourdon lifeboat was also alerted. The club held a pre-season party in the clubrooms on Friday evening.

100 YEARS - April 29th 1915

There was an interesting little story told at the meeting of the Fetteresso and Rickarton School Board last Thursday. Complaint had been made about the attendance of a boy of nine years old in the Netherley district and one of the members said that, as he was coming down to Stonehaven that day, he had seen the little boy harrowing in the seed in a field by the roadside, with a pair of horse. The father of the family, it appeared, has been ill and unable to work, and the little boy has been doing his “bit” - viz., doing his best to work the croft.

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Just as there was no football in the county during the winter, there seems little prospect of there being any cricket this season. Neither the Thistle, Stonehaven nor the St Laurence are arraning any list of figures.