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The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

100 years ago

Com­plaint was made at For­farshire In­sur­ance Com­mit­tee of the in­ad­e­quacy of the med­i­cal ser­vice in the Dundee dis­trict. The mat­ter arose in con­nec­tion with the ques­tion of the mil­i­tary recom­mit­ment of doc­tors, the Clerk (Thomas Han­ick) re­port­ing that all doc­tors up to the age of 56 were to be held en­tirely at the ser­vice of the State ei­ther for civil or mil­i­tary duty. Great dif­fi­culty was be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in get­ting a doctor in the Teal­ing and Strath­mar­tine dis­tricts.

50 years ago

The dis­tin­guished gen­tle­man with the “old school” tie, may not be what he seems. A sur­vey by one of Bri­tain’s largest tie man­u­fac­tur­ers has shown that more than 60% of Bri­tain’s men who wear club, reg­i­men­tal or “old school” ties are not el­i­gi­ble to do so. Of 300 men in­ter­viewed for the sur­vey, 36% ad­mit­ted wear­ing a “spe­cial tie” from time to time. But only 37% had the right to wear them. It was stated that the sur­vey shows that men still like to “be­long” and wear some kind of “uni­form.”

25 years ago

The Min­istry of De­fence has placed a £60 mil­lion con­tract for ar­tillery tar­get­ing equip­ment which will safe­guard jobs at the Mar­coni plant at Hil­lend in Fife. The de­ci­sion was an­nounced in a Com­mons state­ment yesterday by De­fence Pro­cure­ment Min­is­ter Johnathan Aitken. He said the con­tract would safe­guard 200 jobs at the Hil­lend fac­tory, where most of the man­u­fac­ture would take place, and also at Frim­ley in Sur­rey. The equip­ment would be de­liv­ered up to 1996.

One year ago

Flar­ing at a Fife chem­i­cal plant left chil­dren so afraid they wet their beds, it has been claimed. At least three cases have been re­ported of young­sters bed-wet­ting, al­legedly as a re­sult of re­cent episodes at Mossmorran. The flare from Fife Ethy­lene Plant lit up the sky for miles around for nine days last month. Peo­ple said they were un­able to sleep due to the light, vi­bra­tions and loud rum­bling noise. Coun­cil­lor Mary Lock­hart said she heard sto­ries of chil­dren be­ing up­set by the dis­tur­bance.

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