Nostalgia - It happened in the Mearns

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

25 YEARS AGO - November 17th 1989

Gourdon residents have won their fight to keep their village hall building programme going and are on track for an opening of the new facility by the end of the year. It has been a “sair fecht” but the combined efforts of the Hall committee, District and Regional Councillors and our Member of Parliament have won the day, the grant money has been received - and the building is in its second and final phase.

This happy solution appeared far off in August when it seemed that one of the major contributors to the scheme, the Scottish Education Department, wouldn’t be able to come up with the grant money in this financial year.

The prospect of moving the village’s activities back into the hall this winter seemed remote - and the prospect of moving the village’s activities back into the hall this winter seemed remote - but they have now got the grant.

50 YEARS AGO - November 13th 1964

Stonehaven’s two parades in commemoration of the fallen of two world wars took place on Sunday in fine but cold weather. The town council attended the morning service in the South Church. It was conducted by Rev. Charles Cameron, and the lessons were read by Provost T. Christie and Mr Grant McRobert, chairman of the ex-Servicemen’s Association.

In the afternoon the parade was led by the City of Aberdeen Police Pipe Band, and comprised the local company of the 3rd Battalion the Gordon Highlanders, ex-Servicemen, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Men’s Detachment of the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Land Rangers, Girls’ Nautical Training Corps and representatives of other organisations. They marched to the war memorial, where a short service was conducted by Mr Cameron.

100 YEAR AGO - November 19th 1914

Kincardineshire may indeed be proud of the part it is taking in Red Cross Work at the present time. The Voluntary Aid Detachments of the County have taken up the providing of Relief Hospitals very enthusiastically and it is only the bare truth to say that they have more wounded under their charge, in comparison with their own numbers than any other branch in the North of Scotland.

The new Relief Hospital at Drumtochty Castle was ready to receive patients last Thursday and on that day the staff were called upon to take under their charge no fewer than 27 wounded soldiers. There are at present 31 patients in the Hospital. Under the ideal conditions that prevail the improvement and return to health of the patients is rapid. Gifts for the wounded will be most acceptable.