From the Files

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


Friday September 7th, 1990

Stonehaven pipe Band had the honour last month of heralding the start of the Festival Interceltique in Brittany, and headed the parade through crowd-lined streets - minus their jackets!

Hot sunny weather greeted the boys from Stoney and, sleeves rolled up, they made such an impact on the judges that they scooped the Pipe Band competition trophy, against the best from Scotland, Brittany and Ireland.

Led by Pipe Major Alex Elrick, the band played at least two engagements a day, and took part in several open-air flood-lit concerts.

Additional honours during the band’s stay in L’Orient went to the Drum Corps under leading drummer George Clark, who took second prize in the Drum Fanfare competition. In the Macallan Solo Piping competition (where the Pipe Major was one of the judges), Brian Elrick won third place against strong opposition. This may mean he will be asked to compete next year.

A further honour for the Band was an invitation extended to piper Ewan McGarvie, to play with internationally-renowned Irish folk group The Chieftans.

Since returning from France, the Band’s young piper Darren Hood has competed in the Northern Meeting at Inverness, where he won the Junior Pibroch.


Friday September 3rd, 1965

The “Kincardineshire Observer” has been acquired by the Kincardineshire Press, Stonehaven, and the first eight-page issue - with many pictures and special features - appears today.

The paper was founded 63 years ago as the “Laurencekirk Observer” by the late Mr Archibald Taylor, Aberdeen, who started a printer’s business in the Mearns burgh.

The name was later changed to the “Kincardineshire Observer”, and was edited by Mr Archibald Taylor, jnr., from 1929 until 1958, when his son Alan, took charge. He is now to concentrate on the printing and publishing side of the business.

The Kincardineshire Press also publishes the “Mearns Leader”, so that with its associated paper, the “Montrose Review” the three newspapers give complete coverage of North Angus and Mearns, including the coastal villages and the inland area north to Banchory.

The “Kincardineshire Observer” office is at 44 High Street, Laurencekirk.


Now that the summer season is almost over, the contractors are back putting the finishing touches to the new promenade at Stonehaven. They are putting guard rails on the steps to the beach and various lanes.


Thursday September 9th, 1915

It has been a subject of astonishment to many people that the registration returns have shown some very indifferent spelling on the part of the lieges. A popular way of spelling “male”, for instance, was “mail”, and “female” in many instances became “feamail”. It must have been rather uncomfortable work for the teachers, who all through the country have been acting as ennumerators, to find that the instruction given to children in some cases only a few years ago had become a thing of the past.


Everybody has had a warm welcome for the soldiers home on furlough who have been in the various districts during the past few weeks. Small numbers of men are now being allowed home from the 1-7th Gordon Highlanders - two from each company every week. Amongst those home last week was Private Fred. Christie, of New Street, Stonehaven, who was one of the first battalion to be wounded. Private Christie was wounded in the head by a shell, and was sent to a hospital in France. He soon made a good recovery from his wound, and has been back in the trenches with the battalion since that time.