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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Nostalgia

Down Memory Lane

af dml 1712 1 MR AND Mrs Jock Ellwood of the Douglas Hotel are pictured in 1987 with the Bell’s Whisky representative for the area who was present to smash a bottle full of cash donated by customers.

Last updated 18 December 2014
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Xmas at home for Navy man Gordon

af times 1712 It will be seen from our advertising columns, that the period has come round for making contributions to that valuable monthly Christian agency, the distribution of the Visitor. Whilst a small mite from each family will suffice, it is proper that the appeal now made should be considered and responded to, without any reminding on the part of distributors. It is gratifying to learn that the Visitors are still well received, and still more gratifying to know that the October number was the means of effecting decided spiritual benefit to a person residing in a neighbouring parish. Such a case is worth a thousand-fold all the yearly expense and trouble connected with tract distribution.“Rain in the trenches is, as you imagine, rather unpleasant, but the men all undermine the front of the trench and make regular rabbit burrows that they fill with straw and make quite comfortable for the night. We seem likely to stay in our present position for some little time, though I hope not for all winter. About a fortnight ago, in another part of France. I caught a fleeting glimpse of P-- S-- in front of a motor lorry full of wounded, but I haven’t run across him since. I hear he is attached to another brigade. The December meeting was held in the Hall. After the singing of the opening ode, Mrs. J. Little, president introduced Mrs. Martin of Jessie, and her assistant Miss D. Jardine along with Mr. Glacey. Langholm man Gordon Stewart, a former pupil of Langholm Academy, is looking forward to Christmas at home after spending three months on standby for service in the Gulf.

Last updated 18 December 2014
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Down Memory Lane

SM DUCHROX THE Duchess of Roxburgh presented the chairman’s medal to Daisy Hatfield for her long and outstanding service as secretary of the local branch of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund at a coffee evening held in the Scott Hay Gallery.

Last updated 11 December 2014
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Duke’s boisterous birthday day out

SM MARYANNSTORY The return of the natal day of His Grace was, as usual, celebrated in Langholm by a public dinner in the Crowh Hotel. Notwithstanding the boisterous nature of the day a good number of gentlemen from town and country came to do honour to his Grace.“I am sorry to say all your letters have gone astray except the one received to-day to which I hasten to reply. In the matter of tobacco, chocolate, etc., thank you very much for your offer, but my haversack is absolutely bulging with all sorts of things like that sent by kind people at home as presents to the troops. We get socks and scarves and foodstuffs galore, and the men have more tobacco than they can smoke. Mrs. Mary Ann Story, 30 Charles Street (Old) celebrates her one hundredth birthday today. Langholm’s grand old lady marked her century of birthdays with a quiet celebration in the home of her son.Although in the 1st Division in Hong Kong, the lads tell us modestly that their team is probably Langholm Seconds standard.

Last updated 11 December 2014
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'The Germans sent a heavy fire into us'

mb old woman 150 years The Fast Day Tomorrow will be observed as a Fast-day, in connection with the half-yearly communion throughout the parish, when all the places of business and work will be closed. Our country friends in neighbouring parishes will please take notice of this.

Last updated 4 December 2014
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Down Memory Lane

THIS picture of a postcard belonging to Arthur Irving of Canonbie shows Bowholm before Canonbie public hall was built in 1912.

Last updated 4 December 2014
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Hall built with funds from all over world

af Canonbie hall clock 2511 CANONBIE public hall now has its own clock to mark its centenary in 2012.

Last updated 27 November 2014
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af dml 2511 WRAPPING presents for loved ones and sending them with good wishes is one of the best things about the festive season.

Last updated 27 November 2014
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The German Army’s tactics are very good

af  dancing team2511 At this fair which was held on the 8th inst., there was a larger show of cattle than we have seen for many years back, and the number of farmers and dealers present was also much larger than usual, but to this no doubt the convenience of railway transit contributed not a little. The market for cattle was considered a slow dear one, very few sheep or Lambs were shown and those mostly inferior in quality.Pte. George Black, Highland Light Infantry, in a letter to his relative continued: “Our artillery is fairly sending it into them just now. I hope they are doing a lot of damage. The rifle fire has calmed down a bit now, but I expect we will be at it again soon. I think once we get them on the move we will keep them at it. Only the worst of it is they have always prepared positions ready to get into, whereas we have to get into it without any cover at all. But we are smarter than they at picking up what cover there is, and we carry small picks and shovels, so it does not take us long to make head-cover. The German Army is not so bad as some people think. Some of their tactics are very good, and they are a very up-to-date Army. Most of the prisoners we took could easily have got away, only they lagged behind their force, and they seemed a very ‘fed up’ lot. They gave themselves up with-out the least bit of a stand.Forecast by B.O.C.M. SpeakersLangholm Youth Club’s girl dancers continued their amazing run of success in the Youth Club Scotland Disco Dance Finals held at the Plaza Ballroom, Glasgow in November 1989. Having represented Dumfries and Galloway as champions of the Region in the last five senior finals and four times consecutively in the junior competition, they have become firmly entrenched among the top dancers in the country. Along with all the joy for the Langholm contingent, there was also a touch of sadness. For this was the farewell competitive appearance of the senior team. Fourth in the National Finals for three successive years, they were again called back to the floor to dance off for the medals, and finished fourth.

Last updated 27 November 2014
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Down Memory Lane

KC DML Nov20 THIS week we take a look back to 1966 and a picture brought in by Dennis Little of Drove Road, Langholm. It is of the team who played in the south district sevens, of which he was a member. Dennis remembers been beaten in the semi-final at Hawick Volunteer Park by Hawick YM.

Last updated 20 November 2014
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New branch of TSB bank opens in town

KC Times past Nov20

Last updated 20 November 2014
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Down Memory Lane

131114 memory A REMEMBRANCE service was conducted at the Ewes war memorial by the Rev Bob Milne on a fine afternoon on Sunday, November 10, 2002.

Last updated 13 November 2014
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Duke of Buccleuch, 83, dies in London

311114 timespast The Free Presbytery of Dumfries at their meeting yesterday, received the call from Langholm Free Church congregation to the Rev. John Davidson of Lochend, and agreed to meet again on Thursday the 17th curt., to take up the call, and hear representatives from the Presbytery of Lockerbie, and both congregations for their respective interests.

Last updated 13 November 2014
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Down Memory Lane

af bon 311 MANY of you will either have been to a bonfire and firework display last weekend or may be going to one this weekend.

Last updated 6 November 2014
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Branch line reopens

af Byreburn 311 After a lapse of six months occupied in reconstructing the arches over the viaduct at Byreburn, this branch has again been opened for Passenger and Goods Traffic.Monday: A General offensive movement by the Germans all along the front from Nieuport to Arras and violent attacks at other parts of the line were reported in the communique issued in Paris on Saturday afternoon.For the fourth year in succession Arthur Bell (Scotch Tweeds) Ltd., the Langholm tweed manufacturers, have won a major award at the South African Academy of Fashion.Canonbie has been awarded a certificate of commendation in the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom competition sponsored by the Bank of Scotland.

Last updated 6 November 2014
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Down Memory Lane

301014 scarykids IN 2000 ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night had a ‘scream’ at Canonbie primary school on Halloween.

Last updated 30 October 2014
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MP for 25 years

301014 hector A meeting of the Presbytery of Lockerbie was held in this church on the 13th instant, for the purpose of moderating in a call to the Rev. John Davidson, Lochend. There was a numerous attendance. After the first rush for food stuffs and the attempt of unscrupulous shopkeepers to make capital out of the situation – which attempt was promptly regulated by the military authorities – Hamburg was comparatively quiet, and but for the companies of reservists we saw being drilled, and the great number of troop trains passing through, we might have thought that the war was a bit of a fable. The annual Harvest Thanksgiving service at Eskdalemuir Church was conducted on Sunday morning by the Rev. J. C. Lough who preached an eloquent sermon on the sowing, reaping and gathering in of the grain. Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council and Annandale and Eskdale District Council both hosted receptions last week to pay tribute to Sir Hector Monro who has been M.P. for Dumfriesshire for 25 years.

Last updated 30 October 2014
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Down Memory Lane

231014 harvest AT CANONBIE primary school in 2002 a bumper harvest was provided by the P5/6 pupils who brought in goods to distribute to the lunch club.

Last updated 23 October 2014
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Escape from Hamburg

231014 danny The annual meeting and show of stock of this society took place at Langholm on Wednesday, the 12th inst. On Thursday we went to the American Consul to place ourselves under his protection. The October meeting of Gilnockie WRI had a Scottish flavour to welcome their first W.I. visitors from over the Border.It’s not often someone celebrates 51 years with the same firm but that’s what happened on Friday when Danny Tweddle of 8 Brighton Place, Canonbie, retired from the local firm of Reid & Taylor.

Last updated 23 October 2014
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Down Memory Lane

af play 1990 1310 THIS week we take a look back to 1990 but other than the year there is no information about the picture. It is probably the Playgroup and some of the staff can be identified as, left to right, Janet Nicholson, ?, Mary Carruthers, Pearl Mitchell and ?. Does anyone recognise themselves or anyone else in the picture and what the occasion was?

Last updated 16 October 2014
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