Nostalgia - It happened in the Mearns

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

25 YEARS AGO - December 22nd 1989

Portlethen Community Council’s last meeting of the year got off to a lively start, with some members expressing concern over the new £3 million development at the Fire Training Centre, and the subsequent increase of smoke pollution and other possible hazards that could occur with the increase in the centre’s activities. One member described the Fire Training Centre as representing “possibly the biggest disaster to happen in Portlethen”, and called it a “bomb ticking away” which - unless controlled - could cause a serious accident in the area. Another member said there was bound to be 20 to 30 times as much smoke coming from the expanded site, and he questioned Deputy Firemaster, Sandy Lobban’s assurances that by developing the existing facilities at the centre, smoke control would become more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

50 YEARS AGO - December 18th 1964

Despite icy winds and frosty conditions, three teenagers had a dip in the outer harbour at Stonehaven on Sunday afternoon. According to several onlookers, who said the youths were strangers, they changed in the shelter beside the Tolbooth and swam about for some time.


Christmas shooping has made a slow start in Stonehaven but this week should see a late rush. At any rate that is the hope of the shopkeepers, who have mixed feelings about the effect of Aberdeen’s decorative street lighting. A spokesperson for Messrs Hugh Ramsay Ltd said: “I do think the lights in Aberdeen have taken people away on a Saturday afternoon. A lot of people have gone to the city who might have otherwise have stayed had it not been for the lights.”

100 YEARS AGO - December 24th 1914

Most of us probably heard with mingled feelings of the failure of the Pope to secure a truce between the contending armies for the season of Christmas. Whether the Mediaeval truces of God, which the present Pope had doubtless in mind when he made his proposal were ever strictly observed, it would be interesting to know. In the eleventh century a Provincial Synod decreed that none in Rousillon should attack his enemy between Saturday evening and Monday morning; and in other parts of Christendom, the ‘close times’ ran from Friday or even Wednesday till Monday. ***

A Bervie soldier, Sergeant W. Cameron, 1st Gordon Highlanders, has returned wounded from the front. Sergeant Cameron was for seven years in India.