From the Files - April 15

From our own archives, we bring you what happened in the Mearns in history.

25 Years ago - April 18, 1991

There was a good natured demonstration of support on Sunday for the scheme to build new changing room facilities for sporting organisations for Stonehaven’s Mineralwell Park - though the underlying view of the large gathering of players and officials was “Get on with it”. Althought it’s now a year since the improvements drive began, in that time absolutely no tangible progress has been made.

Not surprisingly the existing twin portable cabin style accomodation, which provides four changing rooms, has deteriorated a lot in the last year. And Stonehaven (Junior) FC the most senior grade local football side, have spent a lot of money this season on the pavilion within their enclosed Glenury pitch.

Representatives of Stonehaven’s many football teams and cricket teams were on hand on Sunday to add local support to the improvements plan for the Mineralwell area. ***

Portlethen residents are today being given the chance to reconstitute their ailing community council - by responding to a district council invitation to nominate persons to serve on a new local set up. There has been a crisis on the community council since December when the chairman, vice chairman and three other councillors resigned, saying they were ‘fed up’ with the way that District and Regional councils refused to take their views seriously.

50 Years ago - April 15, 1966

Severe criticism of the action of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric board in “Blacking out” part of Stonehaven at this time of year was voiced at Stonehaven Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday night, when Provost T Christie complained that the board had not given the town sufficient warning.

The “black out” is the result of work going on at the switch board at the sub station at Queens Road and intimation was only made at the finance committee meeting last week.

Provost Christie said that they had no left time to do anything about the matter, and it was not good enough. Temporary lighting of some kind could have been arranged. Police Judge Stewart said that old people especially had difficulty in finding their way home at night. ***

Keith Lodge, Cameron Street, Stonehaven, was formally opened as a home for mentally handicapped children. The ceremony was performed at the South Church, which is immediately oppoosite by the Rt Rev Archibald Watt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and minister of Lethnot Edzell Church.

Keith Lodge is a handsome, well proprtioned house in the centre of Stonehaven.

The exact age of the house is not known.

100 Years ago - April 13, 1916

The usual monthly meeting of the Stonehaven Town Council was held. Arising out of the minutes, Councillor Lowson asked if anything had been done as regards to removing the nuisances at the properties in the Old Town and was informed by one of the other members that work had been going on for the past fornight. ***

A local Stonehaven man AB Andrew Taylor whos home is at Old Pier was on one of the patrol boats which came up with the wrecked Zeppelin in the Estuary of the Thames on April 1 and attempted to salve her.

Seaman Taylor though quite a young man has had an adventurours career, having been all over the world in various craft as a sailor. He joined the Navy some time ago and was posted to a Trawler Patrol.

Season Taylor is at present home on leave in Stonehaven and has had to run the guantlet of numerous queries about the Zeppelin. He had However maintained a discreet silence in accordance with admiralty instructions issued to the men of the patrol.

It will be remembered that the Admiralty announced that a patrol of six or seven vessels came up with the wrecked airship and took off the crew as prisoners. They then attempted to tow the Zeppelin to the shore but it sank.