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5 YEARS AGO
Hollywood film star Alan Cumming’s backing has helped re-open a derelict Scots cinema. The projectors of The Birks in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, will flicker next month when a film is screened for the first time in 30 years, thanks to the support of the Aberfeldy-born actor and local film fans.
25 YEARS AGO
Expelled Militants finally have taken up the challenge of the mainstream Labour Party and set up their own national party with a claimed initial membership of 5000. The new party, Militant Labour, with Scottish Militant Labour Party leader Tommy Sheridan one of its founders, hopes to use the Scottish experience to win in next month’s English county council contests in Coventry, Stockton, Hull, and Nottingham.
50 YEARS AGO
On April 1, 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service were amalgamated and the RAF came into existence. Equipped with Sopworth Camels, Farnboroughs, and De Havilland 4s, the new Service was able to play an important role in the last climactic struggles on the Western Front. Now that the Polaris submarines are about to come into operation the role of carrying Britain’s deterrent will pass into the hands of the Navy.
100 YEARS AGO
Mr Lloyd George, in a statement announcing the appointment of General Foch as Generalissimo of the Allied Armies in France, says that the battle situation is now improved, but points out that the struggle is still only in its opening stages. The country, the Premier adds, must be prepared for further sacrifices to ensure final victory.