The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

100 years ago

A large meet­ing was held in the City Cham­bers, Perth, for the pur­pose of fur­ther­ing the pro­posed restora­tion of St John’s Church. It may be men­tioned that at a pub­lic meet­ing held in Perth as far back as 1889 a com­mit­tee was ap­pointed to pro­ceed with the restora­tion of the build­ing. Cer­tain dif­fi­cul­ties arose, how­ever, and the work fell into abeyance. It is now pro­posed to re­store the church as a memo­rial to Perthshire men who have given them­selves to the coun­try in the present war.

50 years ago

Amy’s se­cret was un­earthed yes­ter­day. It was an egg. And it made its finder, Harry Stevens, head keeper at Whip­snade Park, Lon­don, rub his hands with glee. For it is the first laid by any gi­ant tor­toise at Whip­snade or Re­gent’s Park Zoo. Amy, a 220lb gi­ant tor­toise, was spot­ted by Mr Stevens near a patch of new scratched soil. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­closed a whitish egg, with a rough al­abaster­like ap­pear­ance. Amy is one of three gi­ant tor­toises on hol­i­day from Lon­don Zoo.

25 years ago

A man and baby were rushed 80 miles by am­bu­lance to Glas­gow hos­pi­tals af­ter be­ing badly burned in a camp site ac­ci­dent. Ray­mond Craig, 27, of Gour­don, was chang­ing a gas cy­clin­der in a tent when it burst into flames. Cal­lum Wat­son, who is only 11 months, was in the tent at the time with Mr Craig when the fire en­gulfed the tent. Fire­men and am­bu­lance­men were called. The pair were taken to New­ton Ste­wart Hos­pi­tal and then trans­ferred to Glas­gow for spe­cial­ist burns treat­ment.

One year ago

Fears of a Nice-style ter­ror at­tack have been cooled ahead of the re­turn of a Fife fun­fair. Or­gan­is­ers of next month’s Lam­mas Mar­ket say ro­bust se­cu­rity ar­range­ments will be in place to keep thrillseek­ers safe ahead of the St An­drews car­ni­val. That comes de­spite a sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased se­cu­rity pres­ence in Kirk­caldy ear­lier this year for the Links Mar­ket, where show­men strate­gi­cally placed their lor­ries to pre­vent a ve­hi­cle be­ing used as a deadly weapon. Rev­ellers are ad­vised to re­main vig­i­lant.

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