From the ar­chives of the Ayr­shire Post

Ayrshire Post - - Memory Lane -

25 YEARS AGO

Coun­cil­lors have pulled back from a straight man­age­ment “buy- out” of Ayr’s Ma­son­hill Cre­ma­to­rium.

In­stead ten­ders are to be pre­pared for the lease of the op­er­a­tion. The move was con­firmed by the Tory ad­min­is­tra­tion at last week’s meet­ing of Kyle and Car­rick Dis­trict Coun­cil’s pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee. And it was hailed as a “sen­si­ble climb­down” by Labour. Labour Group leader Ian Welsh said: “The Tories have made them­selves a laugh­ing stock through­out Ayr­shire and be­yond.

“They are blun­der­ingly naive.”

50 YEARS AGO

Three Troon women were more than a lit­tle puz­zled when a strange plant be­gan to shoot up in their gar­den in St Med­dan’s Street. They de­cided not to dis­turb it and their puz­zle­ment in­creased with the growth of the plant - for it went to a height of six feet. Then Miss Al­ice, Miss Molly and Miss Eileen Her­bert­son re­ceived a clue about its iden­tity. They read a news ar­ti­cle about an In­dian hemp plant used by drug ad­dicts so they no­tifed the po­lice. The po­lice took it into cus­tody, iden­ti­fiy­ing it as cannabis. The ladies sus­pect it had fallen as a seed from the bird ta­ble.

100 YEARS AGO

The Dalmelling­ton Iron Coy for the year ended June 30 says that af­ter mak­ing pro­vi­sion for ex­cess profit of £ 48,110 and adding £ 3074 brought for­ward, there is a to­tal of £ 56, 124. De­pre­ci­a­tion and de­ferred re­pairs ab­sorb £ 24,827. The di­rec­tors pro­pose a div­i­dend of 6s 3d per share, mak­ing ten per­cent for the year, free of tax.

For the pre­vi­ous year and tak­ing ac­count of war tax­a­tion, there was a profit of £ 54653. De­duc­tion for de­pre­ci­a­tion and redemp­tion amounted to £ 17,030, while the or­di­nary div­i­dend to­talled 15 per­cent.

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