Academy sports day breaks records
Published at 21:34, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
On Monday morning the town was full of stir from large numbers of flittings, and so far as our observation reached the number of families who changed their dwellings was much greater than on previous years.At a Burgh Police Court on Monday, before Baillie Bell, Peter Hanley and Matthew Barrett, labourers of no fixed residence were charged with a breach of the peace in Kirkwynd.Despite the rather cold and blustery weather there was a large turnout of parents and others interested at Langholm Academy annual sports, which was held on the Nursery Playing Field on Wednesday afternoon, and all present enjoyed a thrilling programme of juvenile athletics.On Thursday morning Langholm Play Group’s annual prize giving was held in the Lesser Buccleuch Hall.
The south side of Charles Street has been lined with a block of new buildings, dwellings for several families, and yet the cry continues – a great want of proper house accommodation.
There are large families crowded into one apartment and not a few families are compelled to live in houses long since pronounced ruinous to health. It is to be hoped that the urgency of the ease will compel efforts to be made in the proper quarter.
BURGH POLICE COURTS
They were fined 2s 6d with the option of three days imprisonment. At a court, yesterday before Baillie Bell, John Grieve, plasterer of no fixed residence, was charged with a contravention of the Licensing (Scotland) Act, by being drunk, and was fined 5s, with the option of five days imprisonment.
SCHOOL SPORTS - TWO RECORDS BROKEN
Once again the playing field was meticulously laid out for the event by Mr James Tuton, Sportsmaster of the Academy, and assisted by members of the teaching staff, the lengthy programme was gone through without a single hitch.
Two records were broken, both of them in the long jump event in the Junior Boys’ and the Junior Girls’ Championship.
In the former Neil Davidson, with an effort of 14 feet 9 and a half inches easily exceeded the previous best, registered by John Leak in 1959, which was 13 feet 8 and a half inches.
In the Girls’ Junior Championship, Janice Cook, with an effort of 14 feet beat the existing record of 13 feet 5 and a half inches which was set up by her elder sister Margaret in 1960.
PLAY GROUP PRIZE GIVING
Mrs Alison Aston, Chairperson, greeted the parents and friends and in particular Mr and Mrs Bob Maxey – Mr Maxey, a photographer from Longtown, was invited to present the prizes.
He has been taking photographs annually for the Play Group for the last ten years and has now decided to retire. Play Group funds have benefited by over £200 from the sale of Mr Maxey’s photographs.
The children who attended the Play Group put on a delightful little concert singing old favourites like “The Grand Old Duke of York” and “In a Cottage” along with traditional counting songs.
They had put a great deal of time and effort into it and it was easy to spot the future performers among them.
Every child was presented with a book by Mr Maxey and they waited with bated breath for their names to be called so they could go up to receive their book.
On behalf of the Play Group, some of the children made a presentation to Mr and Mrs Maxey.
Wendy Anderson and Julia Chalmers received tokens for their assistance at Play Group sessions, together with Linda Irving (who left during the term); and Lorraine Jardine, who stepped in to replace her, received a bouquet.
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