Private Cowan shows his talent for shooting
Published at 21:42, Wednesday, 06 October 2010
The trade of Langholm continues steadily to increase. The railway defeat does not seem to have had any check upon it; on the contrary, it seems to have stimulated our manufacturers to greater exertions, and the money that would otherwise have been sunk in a railway has gone towards making additions to their many already extensive places of business.The annual prize shooting meeting in connection with the Langholm Company of Territorials took place on Arkinholm Range on Saturday.There was a very poor attendance at the annual general meeting of Langholm and District Film Society which was held in Langholm Academy on 21st September.Anyone who has been watching the adventure serial Stookie currently being screened on Sunday afternoon on Border TV, may have noticed that the part of David Monroe is played by Stephen Cotter of Troon.
THE TRADE OF LANGHOLM
Amongst the numerous firms that are gaining for this locality a name for commercial enterprise and prosperity, none more deserving calls for special mention than our spirited townsman Mr Thomas Lightbody.
We have just seen his new warehouse, a large commodious place, and every shelf filled with a magnificent and well assorted stock of Scotch Tweeds all made upon the most honest principle; in fact, we believe that one of the chief secrets to his success in business, is, that he would never have anything however cheap unless he could vouch to his customers that it was perfectly genuine, and free from the many objectionable mixtures used in the manufacture of tweeds in Yorkshire and elsewhere.
ANNUAL PRIZE SHOOTINGS
With the targets in shade and a strong light surrounding, the conditions were not so ideal as might have been expected.
Shooting at 200 yards, Pte. John Cowan heads the list for the Springkell Medal. He opened with a bull, and an inner. Following his second shot, he put on three successive bulls, finishing with an inner and a bull.
Col.-Sergt. J. Cowan, the winner of the Johnstone Gold Medal, had three successive bulls for an opening.
He dropped a point with his fourth shot, but got the bull twice in succession, and again dropped a point with his last shot.
Sergt. G. Cowan, the winner of the Burnfoot Cup, registered only a magpie with his opening shot, but after following with three bulls, he again dropped to the magpie, and finished with an inner and a bull.
LANGHOLM AND DISTRICT FILM SOCIETY
Main business of the evening was the election of office-bearers for the ensuing year and these were elected as follows: Chairman, Dr. T M S Clark; hon. treasurer, Miss Rodger; hon. secretary, Miss Arbuckle; Mrs Leslie, Mr J Little, Mr J Pattie, Mr J Tuton and Mr T Winter.
It was announced that with the exceptions of one short film, all the films this year will be professionally produced and will include African Queen, Laxdale Hall, Land o’ Burns, Scottish Veteran Car Rally, Spring in the Strathnethy, Siam (Walt Disney), Life in the Arctic (Russian), Le Ballon Rouge, Progressive Norway, Fingal’s Cave, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Journey from the East.
It is Stephen’s second TV role. His first part was in the BBC's Lost Tribe in 1980 when he played a young Jewish boy.
Stephen competed with 800 other youngsters from all over Scotland for a part in Stookie and joined 300 others in auditions.
Filming of the six-episode serial was completed during the school holidays last summer and the third episode can be seen on Sunday at 4.30pm.
Although he has appeared in two television roles, Stephen has no other acting experience, preferring to be involved in outdoor sporting activities. He hasn’t even participated in any school drama productions and was rather surprised when he got the part of David.
Stephen is the son of Tommy Cotter (former pupil of Langholm Academy and now a television producer). He is also a grandson of former Langholm parish church minister, the Rev. James Cotter and Mrs Rita Cotter.
Fifteen-year old Stephen may have been surprised when he was offered the part but to many people in Langholm, who recall the many talented stage performances of his grandmother Rita and the minister’s many successes in play productions, it comes as no surprise at all.
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