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See what was making the headlines in the Gazette in decades past

TEN YEARS AGO

* SOUTH Lanarkshire Council came under fire for the state of a Carluke road. Fed-up residents of Brookbank Terrace hit out at the large potholes and red chips all over the road. Crawforddyke councillor Willie Ross pledged that the road would be resurfaced in 2005.

* Prominent judges, peers and business leaders were piling the pressure on the Scottish Executive to re-open the controversial Airborne Initiative, based at Braidwood, which had closed its doors earlier in the month due to its funding being cut. An Executive spokesman told the Gazette that ministers would not change their minds on the matter.

* Education in South Lanarkshire was top of the class, according to a report from HM Inspectors of Education. The glowing report said that the council provided a “very high quality of educational services to children, young people and their families”.

* A BORN and bred Upperward author and established vet published an extraordinary new book which revealed the secrets of the original horse whisperers. Russell Lyons was going to be signing copies of the book at Biggar’s Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop later in the week.

* A campaign was underway to win broadband internet for Tinto. The campaign had included posters and leaflets. Pupils from Tinto Primary School also got involved.

* Senior students at Carluke High School had raised £5138 for worthy causes at their recent Charities Week. A spectacular show, entitled Charity Night Fever, was the highlight for many.

* Forth Wanderers boss John Clifford said that his side were unlucky to be out of the Scottish Junior Cup having lost 2-1 to Premier League Tayport.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

* Carluke High School was the victim of vandalism as five large tinted windows were smashed. The cost of replacing the windows, which stretched from floor to ceiling level, was estimated at four figures.

* According to one local, the clearing and landscaping of a large part of Braidwood had left a huge eyesore in the village. The resident complained that new landscaping at the Nellfield Estate had simply exposed the other side of the ground which was still a mess.

* Members and guests of Lanark Lord Cornets Club enjoyed their annual ball, which was held at the Cartland Bridge Hotel.

* New building and property extension programmes throughout Clydesdale had risen sharply in the previous 12 months, according to Clydesdale’s planning director Graham U’ren. Mr U’ren’s report stated that 675 building warrant applications had been submitted in 1988 which were worth £16.3 million.

* AMBITIOUS plans for the development of the Leadhills and Wanlockhead area were warmly welcomed by members of Clydesdale District Council’s planning committee. Among the long term plans for development were a heritage centre and the creation of an adventure walkway.

* Dolphinton RAF Corporal Brian Dickson (25), who was serving as aTelecommunications Technician, was back with his unit after a week of competitive skiing in France. Brian was selected as one of the team representing his company in the RAF Alpine Ski Championships.

* Alan James Pretswell was named as Biggar’s Cornet-Elect for 1990. A meat inspector with Clydesdale District Council, Alan received congratulations from Cornet William Scott and the then current Cornet-Elect Stewart Barrie who was due to be installed in June.

* It was misery on the football pitch for two Clydesdale teams as Carluke Rovers lost 2-1 to Thorniewood while Lanark United went down 2-0 to Bellshill Athletic. The Bellshill defeat saw United hovering dangerously above the Division One relegation zone.

* Tinto Orienteering Club moved into the next round of that year’s Compass Sport Cup following a three point win over Borders rivals Roxburgh Reivers. It was the second season that Tinto had competed in the nationwide competition.