From the ar­chives of the Ayr­shire Post

Ayrshire Post - - Memory Lane -

25 YEARS AGO

An Ayr mum has gone to war against the Army over the mys­tery death of her soldier son.

For while an Army probe ruled that 20- year- old Sap­per Alfie Man­ship of the Royal En­gi­neers com­mit­ted sui­cide, his fam­ily be­lieve he was mur­dered.

They claim ef­forts to get to the truth be­hind the death of Alfie at a Bri­tish Army base in Osnabruck, Ger­many on April 6 last year have been ham­pered. Mum Jan, of Whit­tle Road, said: “There have been so many in­con­sis­ten­cies. The Army has some­thing to hide and I want to know what it damn well is.”

50 YEARS AGO

Gir­van Town Coun­cil is now able to boast of one of the most beau­ti­ful coun­cil cham­bers in the coun­try.

Over the past two weeks work has been on­go­ing on to cre­ate a trans­for­ma­tion and the re­sult is one of lux­ury. Deep blue Wil­ton car­pet with gold and cream de­sign and long gold cur­tains with fringed pel­mets re­place the old blue bro­cade ones.

The long- hoped- for horse shoe ta­ble has fi­nally been in­stalled and the of­fi­cials ta­ble and those for the clerks and press are in match­ing wood. Pic­tures in their heavy gilt frames have been re­moved.

100 YEARS AGO

Dr Wal­ter F Brown re­ported on the health of Ayr Burgh. Dur­ing the month there were 49 births reg­is­tered - 28 males and 21 fe­males - and three were il­le­git­i­mate. The to­tal is a birth rate per 1000 of 17.7. There were 19 mar­riages, equal to a rate of 6.8.

There were 44 deaths - 24 males and 20 fe­males which is equal to a death rate of 15.9.

Mean­while in view of the gov­ern­ment ap­peal for all men aged 18 to 61 to en­rol for Na­tional Ser­vice, Bailie Ste­wart moved Ayr Burgh rec­om­mend all em­ploy­ees to vol­un­teer.

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