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 24th 1989

Busy days are ahead for Kinneff Young Farmers tug-o-war team. Not only are they pressing to have their indoor pulling surface installed at Bervie Leisure Centre - and raising money to pay for it - they’re also competing at the highest level of the sport. On Sunday at Greenock they took part in the Scottish Indoor championships and finished as runners up.

Kinneff, who usually weigh in at 640 kilos, were pulling in a 720 kilo competition and were just moved out of first place by the Tinto team from Biggar. A larger team in every sense of the word!

The Kinneff team who picked up medals were Russell Coutts, Ron Reid, Ewen Emslie, Bill Meston, John Daniels, Neil Souter, Gordon Grant, and John Meston. Now they are looking forward to their own open championship on Sunday December 3 and teams are invited to enter and spectators are welcome too.

50 YEARS AGO November 20th 1964

The weeks of preparation by Stonehaven Boys’ Club for their bonfire and barbecue proved well worthwhile, for over 300 people saw Bailie John Stewart, hon. president of the club, set alight the 30-foot pile of timber, furniture and paper. In a matter of minutes 50 feet high flames were leaping from the bonfire and the barbecue was doing a roaring trade. Crowds of spectators lined the pavements down the Belmont Brae, over Cowie Bridge and round the side of the Mill Lade Park.

The park itself was crowded. Fireworks of every shape and size were set off by the club and members of the public to the delight of the children. Stonehaven Town Council not only granted permission for the use of the park, but also provided cooking facilities and they also supplied workmen to clear up the park next morning.

100 YEAR AGO November 26th 1914

Further accounts of the fighting in the north of France by “Eye-witness” give interesting side-lights on the soldiers’ life in the trenches. “The wet and cold,” says the writer, “has added greatly to the hardships of the troops in the trenches, and the problem of how to enable them to keep their feet reasonably dry and warm is now engaging serious attention.

At one place, owing to the kindness of the proprietor, certain works have recently been placed at our disposal as a wholesale bathhouse, lavatory and repair shop. In the works there are a number of vats large enough to contain several men at one time, and they serve most excellently for the provision of hot baths for the men on relief from the trenches. At this installation some 1500 men are catered for every day.