The Cellardyke Echo – 26/9/2017


An accident which occurred on the road between Pittenweem and St Monance on Thursday last has had a fatal termination. William Wood, James Street, Cellardyke, died St Andrews Cottage Hospital yesterday as the result of his injuries. Wood was motor cycling in the direction of Pittenweem, and at the fork-roads Tofthill on the main highway between Pittenweem and St Monance, his machine skidded in front of an oncoming car, driven by Andrew Simpson, Randerston Farm, Kingsbarns. Wood was injured about the head, face, and one leg, and was removed St Andrews Cottage Hospital.


Cellardyke Improvements Committee, Ratepayers’ Association, and Putting Green Committee are to co-operate in an endeavour to finish the construction of the new bathing pond. Bailie Carstairs and Councillor Mitchell have been elected presidents of the new body, and the other officials are the joint secretary and treasurer, Messrs Butters and Bowman. It has been resolved to proceed with the construction of the west retaining wall. When completed the pond will be one of the largest in Fife.

CELLARDYKE PUTTING WINNERS. In the weekly competition at Cellardyke putting green last night the winners of the prizes gifted by Mrs Guillan, baker, Cellardyke, were:—Ladies —Miss Nina Corstorphine, 45, after tie with Miss Kate Leslie. Boys—W. Jack, 44, after a tie with Alex. Smith. Senior Gentlemen—W. Watson. 47.


There was keen competition for the purchase of the dwelling-house 17-19 Roger Street, Cellardyke, lately occupied by Mrs Janet Brown, which was exposed for sale by public roup in Anstruther Council Chamber. The upset price was £100, and there was a keen duel between Provost Carstairs, representing the Town Council, and Mr James Stewart, attendance officer to Anstruther District S.M.C Provost Carstair’s bid of £160 saw the property being knocked down to the Town Council. The Council intend to recondition the dwelling house, thus making it suitable for slum clearance tenants. There was also exposed for sale the property at the top of Rodger Street, Anstruther, occupied partly as a shop by Mr John S Leslie, and partly as dwelling houses by Mr Thomas Miller and Miss E. J. Anderson, the upset price being £250; also the property Nos. 23 and 24 George Terrace, St Monance, at an upset price of £500. No offers were made for these properties. Mr W. S. Bonthron was auctioneer, and the clerks of the roup were Messrs D. & A. Cook, solicitors.

A competition over three rounds took place at Cellardyke putting green. In the gentlemen’s section W. Gardner won the first prize, gifted by Mrs Rowlands, with the following score-37. 37, 42 —116; second prize, gifted by Messrs Bowman, Cellardyke, went to J. Christie, 34. 40, 43—117. In the senior gentlemen’s section the winner of a prize given by Councillor Laing was W. Lothian, 46, 42, 38 —126.

CELLARDYKE TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION. The unique fancy-dress torchlight procession held aid of the funds of the Cardinal Step Bathing Pond. Cellardyke, proved a great success, the sum of £14 being collected in the Anstruther and Cellardyke districts. To this gratifying result was added the proceeds of the carnival dance which followed. Over a hundred took part in the procession, which was accompanied on its tour by the Anstruther Boy Scout Pipe Band. Many original costumes were seen, and the spectacle illuminated in the dark by numerous blazing torches was weird in the extreme. The prize-winners were best dressed lady, Miss Muir, John Street; most original. Miss Cunningham, Crail; best dressed gent, Mr A. C. Bett; most original, Father Neptune; group prizes- Mrs Quiripel and Mrs Deas; Mrs Martin Gardner Mrs Hosie and Miss Anderson: special prize, Zulu (Leven). Over 200 couples attended the dance which was held later in Cellardyke Town Hall. Music was supplied by the Rialto Follies Lundin Links.


CELLARDYKE GUILD CONCERT Under the auspices of the junior guild Cellardyke Church, a variety concert was given to a large audience in the church hall last night. The principal items on the programme were two sketches, in which the following acquitted themselves with credit: ” The Matrimonial Agent ” —Miss Martha Boyter, Mrs Hosie, Mr Melville Hodge, Miss Rena Smith, Mr Tom Wood, Mr David Jack, and Miss Aggie Boyter. ” Uncle Joseph “—Mr Tom Wood, Miss Aggie Boyter, Miss Annie Wallace, Miss Margaret Murray, Messrs Willie Muir and David Jack. Several choruses were given the choir, and solos were contributed by Mrs Doig, Miss Jessie Doig, Messrs W. Riddell, J. McLeod, and David Jack. Mrs Hosie and Mr McLeod sang duets, while a trio was rendered by Miss Rena Smith, Miss Mary Boyter, and Mr Melville Hodge. Dances were given by Miss Zandra Taylor, Miss Nessie Wallace, and Miss Elsie Wallace. A repeat performance is to be given tonight.

A Cellardyke drifter, Bene Vertat, was damaged in Anstruther Harbour yesterday morning. The drifter Norman Wilson returned from the great line fishing with the morning tide, and was berthed between the Bene Vertat and the middle pier. With the ebbing tide she listed over, with the result that the Bene Vertat’s deck rail was broken and some of her bunker plates burst. The Bene Vertat was lying readiness to proceed to the East Anglian fishing on Monday morning. She is expected to be laid up some days for repairs.


A stained-glass memorial window was unveiled and dedicated at the forenoon service in Cellardyke Parish Church yesterday, in memory of the Rev. James Ray M.A, minister of the church from 1883 to 1916, and his two sons. Lieutenant Philip O. Ray, R. F. C., and Mr James F. Ray, both natives of Cellardyke. The window was unveiled by Mrs Ray; and the dedication ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr W. L. Levack, of Belmont Church. Glasgow, and formerly of Leuchars. The Rev. James R. Lee, B. D., minister of Cellardyke, also took part in the service.

The late Rev. James Ray was also minister of St James’s, Portobello, for seven years. The window is the gift of his wife and his son Robert. The subject of the window, is “The Light of the World,” Christ being depicted in the form of the Cross. The Holy Spirit is shown shedding its beneficent rays upon the earth, supported by four figures o £ the seasons in appropriate hues. The colour of the window is in a light scheme of amber, yellow ranging to rose, on a background of cool tints of blue and pale greens. The window is the work of Mr James Ballantine, F. S. A, Edinburgh.

ANY Solicitor able to give information as a Will by the late Miss ELIZABETH WATSON CALDER, Teacher, Cellardyke School, and who resided at “Dunalican,” Williamson Street, Cellardyke, requested to communicate with MACKINTOSH & MASTERTON, Solicitors. Anstruther, Fife


Royal Sovereign’s Final Tests

A fishing boat which may do much to revolutionise the industry in Scotland and which is a tribute to East Fife enterprise underwent her final tests on Tuesday from Kirkcaldy Pier. She is the Royal Sovereign, and has been built to the design of Provost Carstairs, Anstruther, at his yard at Cellardyke.

Mr J. Henderson Stewart, M.P. for East Fife, and Mr George Hogarth, chairman of the Fishery Board for Scotland, were on board the vessel.

Provost Carstairs’ concern for the welfare and comfort of fishermen is well known. He has introduced the remarkable advance for a vessel of this type of providing deck-house through which the crew can pass from their living quarters to the wheel house in absolute comfort and safety in the wildest weather.


The Royal Sovereign is built for speed and efficiency. She has a specially-designed Blackstone engine, with remote control, and she is the only vessel of her kind with an electrically-driven capstan. Site is also lit by electricity.

Mr Henderson Stewart displayed great interest in the performance of the vessel and took a turn at the wheel.

 At an informal meeting of the official party at the end of the trials complete satisfaction was expressed at her all-round performance.


Mr Henderson Stewart paid high tribute the attention which had been devoted to the comfort of the crew, and compared It with the dingy and sometimes nauseating conditions he had seen other drifter’s.

Referring to the critical situation of the herring industry, Mr Stewart said that the policy of the Herring Board was undoubtedly to cut down the fleet, policy which was going to mean throwing many men out of employment. He much preferred the viewpoint of Provost Carstairs, who advocated steps being taken to cut down the expense of catching.


In the Royal Sovereign he had that end in view. It was confidently hoped that she would reduce tire catching expenditure to provide a distinct improvement from the point of view of earnings of the crew. He hoped that with the multiplication that type of vessel there would be found the solution to a very difficult problem.

Mr Stewart hoped that the Herring Board would take note of the venture being made by Provost Carstairs and keep in touch with the performances of the Royal Sovereign.

Provost Carstairs said that, in his opinion, the day of the steam drifter, no matter what improvements were made, was past. Last season the steam drifter Breadwinner had a £445 crop, and the crew’s share was £l6 a-piece. The Diesel oil – engine drifter Greenaway had a £438 crop, yet the share was £33 5s each. The fishermen’s earnings in the future must come from a saving in expenditure rather than from an increased market, he maintained.

Mr Hogarth commended the effort embodied in the construction of the Royal Sovereign to find a solution to the problem by the reduction of costs.


FIFE HOUSES OF PRESERVATION.  A list of the houses in Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, and Kilrenny, which the National Trust for Scotland consider to worthy of preservation, has been forwarded to the Anstruther Town Council by the Department of Health for Scotland. There are five properties in the Kilrenny list, but so far Cellardyke is concerned there are no old properties worthy preservation in the opinion the Trust.


Flying-Officer William S. Pryde, third son of the Rev. J. Marshall Pryde and Mrs Pryde, The Manse, Kilrenny, who died in England, was a former pupil of Waid Academy, Anstruther, and was in his 23rd year. He was well-known throughout the district, where he was very popular. Much sympathy has been extended to Mr and Mrs Pryde in their bereavement. The funeral took place on Thursday from the Manse to the New Cemetery, Anstruther, and was of a full military nature. Mourners included members of St Andrews Presbytery and a large number of townsmen from Anstruther, Cellardyke, Kilrenny, and district. The coffin, draped with the Union Jack and bearing a wreath in the form of aeroplane wings (a tribute from the brothers of deceased, George, Jack, and Dave), was borne a distance of mile to the cemetery on a lorry. The services at the manse and graveside were conducted by the Rev. Win. Borthwick. The pall-bearers were:—The Rev. J. Marshall Pryde (father), Pilot-Officer John Marshall Pryde (brother), Mr W. Crow, Haddington (brother-in-law); Dr Robertson, Crail: Mr W. Wishart Thomson, rector of Waid Academy; Mr Wm. Ferrier, classical master at Waid Academy; Flying-Officer Moule, and Flying-Officer Wallace.

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