From the archives of the Ayrshire Post
25 YEARS AGO
Two of Elvis Presley’s former sidekicks rock ‘ n’ rolled into Prestwick on Monday.
Guitar man Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana were in Scotland to present a plaque to mark Elvis’ brief stopover at Prestwick Airport in 1960.
The pair presented a plaque sponsored by lager giants Harp to Tommy Truesdale and Prestwick Airport Chairman Matthew Hudson. Every year since then a group of Elvis superfans have staged a party at the Aviator Suite in memory of the King at the only spot in the UK he ever visited.
50 YEARS AGO
Miss Jeanie Robertson, 36 Caerlaverock Avenue, Prestwick, assistant matron at Seafield Sick Children’s Hospital, Ayr, for the past three years, has been appointed matron of the hospital following the retirement of Miss Dorothy Paterson.
Miss Robertson was educated at Prestwick Public School and she trained at Seafield before taking a general course at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. She became a staff midwife and then ward sister at Thornyflat Maternity. When not on duty she enjoys gardening, knitting and sewing.
100 YEARS AGO
Pte James Skilling, RSF, son of Mr and Mrs John Skilling, Heronsford, Ballantrae has gained the Military Medal for Bravey in the field.
Prior to enlisting he was employed on Laggan Estate, Ballantrae where his parents have resided and been employed for many years.
He joined Kitchener’s first hundred thousand in August 1914 and has served in France for over three years.
He has been twice wounded in action and at present is in this country recovering. The people of Ballantrae are proud.