25 YEARS AGO - FRIDAY MARCH 29 1985

BECAUSE of an "unruly minority," Commodore Hotel owner Mr Keith Laddiman has called time on the "Twenties" discos, which were held every Saturday night par the past year... and things are set to stay that way until people realise that bad behaviour will not be tolerated by staff or management.

Friday, 2nd April 2010, 12:25 pm

Two weeks ago Mr Laddiman closed down the weekly nightspot for around 300 dancers, in anticipation of the hotel's application to Kincardine and Deeside District Licensing Board for the renewal of its daily late licence until midnight.

However Grampian Police listed 22 separate incidents of assaults and vandalism in and around the hotel since last January and blocked the renewal of a late licence.

After the meeting Mr Laddiman said that the "Twenties" would only be re-instated when it was felt that there would be less trouble, and accused a "minority element" as spoiling things for others.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday April 1 1960

SEVERAL snags have cropped up in connection with proposals to provide a playing field for Marykirk.

An association was formed last month to buy and equip a field of about two acres behind the village hall, and funds were donated anonymously by local people.

The ground was suitable, except for one thing- an electricity pole carrying overhead lines right in the middle of it.

The association felt that another site could be found for the pole but when they took up the matter with the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board they were staggered to be told that the lines would have to go underground and that this would cost 235, which is much more than the cost of the land.

Their request for a grant was turned down and Mr E G Archer, secretary, said that at present it would be impossible to buy equipment for the field, such as a chute, swings and a roundabout.

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MR D Webster saw a peculiar looking bird at Townhead, Inverbervie during the winter. Its beak, which was about two and half inches long, was curved like that of a curlew, and its feathers were bedraggled.

He wrote to Mr Peter Scott, the well-known naturalist and bird painter, and he forwarded the letter to Mr D E Pomeray, The King's School, Canterbury who has now told Mr Webster that the bird was probably a starling, its curved beak being due to mutation of some sort. Its long beak made preening almost impossible, hence its bedraggled appearance.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday March 31 1910

MR ALLAN Stewart of the Railway Mission, delivered a lecture on railway life in the South Church Hall last week.

Mr Stewart, who showed a large number of views by means of a limelight lantern, spoke of the first horse railway, then sketched the use of steam by Watt and the building of "Puffing Billy" by Stephenson, contrasting it with the latest Caledonian and other engines. A number of interesting stories of peril and bravery on the railway were told.