From the archives of the Ayrshire Post
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.