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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.

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