The Cellardyke Echo – 21/04/2022 – Issue 336


DOCTOR KILLED IN FIFE. Dr J. R. C. Mackintosh. Anstruther, met his death while doing his calls at Cellardyke. Dr Mackintosh was taking a turn on his push bicycle, when he was met by a handcart on Tollbooth Wynd coming uphill. It supposed that in order to avoid a collision the doctor pressed his front brakes too sharply and was thrown to the ground, turning complete somersault. He was carried unconscious to his residence at Laurel Bank, Anstruther. His skull was fractured and he died in few hours. A native of Kilbarchan, in Renfrewshire. Mackintosh was educated and graduated M.B., Ch.B., Glasgow University. Only 35 years age. He is survived by a widow and two infant children.


CRAIL SHAREHOLDERS VOTE ON QUESTION, The proposed amalgamation of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Co. with Crail Gas Co. was under consideration at a meeting of the Crail Co. shareholders held in Crail Town Hall. Mr John Duncan of Kirkmay, a director the Company, presided. Both Companies, it will be recalled, have come to an arrangement regarding amalgamation, but the Town Council of Crail agreed a majority resist the amalgamation of the Companies, and a motion by Provost Milne that the Council ask conference with the Company directors in order to discuss the prospects of purchasing the Crail works by the town was carried. At the shareholders’ meeting there were only 13 present, and the initial vote, on the motion the Chairman, “that the policy the Directors of Crail Gas Co. be adopted.” was carried by 8 votes to 5.

 Provost Milne, representing Crail Town Council as shareholders, moved an amendment “that the meeting of shareholders of Crail Gas Co. be asked to drop all further negotiations with Anstruther Gas Co. regarding amalgamation, and that they continue carry the undertaking entirely as at present.” “Votes by proxy” were then counted, the motion being carried 366, against 277, hardy half of the number on the list of shareholders. Crail Town Council at their next meeting in view of the majority that voted against amalgamation at previous meetings, will no doubt consider what further steps are to be taken in the matter.




By Gallantry of Captain and one of crew.

The fishing boat True Love left Anstruther Harbour for the West Coast fishing last night. While off the Billowness one of the crew named Martin Tarvit, fell overboard and narrowly escaped drowning. The man had been a minute or two in the water before he was missed, but when he was observed Skipper Anderson and one of the crew named Fleming at once plunged into the sea with a rope attached to them, and brought the man on board, not, however, before he was unconscious. The boat was immediately turned back to Anstruther, where Tarvit was medically attended. The boat belongs to Pittenweem, and Tarvit resides in Cellardyke.


Mr David Lister, organist, and Methil Parish Church choir excelled themselves on Sunday evening, when they submitted their monthly musical programme. Also greatly appreciated were the solo items by Bailie Carstairs, Cellardyke.


Mr Alexander Gourlay, fisherman, of 6 Dove Street, Cellardyke, who died on 11th February last, left personal estate valued at £1091.


Mr J. Duncan Millar at Cellardyke

Mr J. Duncan Millar, K.C., prospective Liberal candidate for East Fife, addressed a well -attended meeting in Cellardyke Town Hall last night. Provost Mitchell was in the chair.

Mr Millar who was chairman of the Scottish Liberal Federation’s committee of inquiry into the fishing industry, dealt with the recent report of committee. Its proposals were, he said, calculated to form the basis of a distinctive Parliamentary programme applicable to the Scottish industry, and, at the same time supply a fighting policy for the Scottish fishermen.

Many harbour authorities found themselves burdened with debts accumulated during the war. Where regular revenue rates could not levied he advocated the remission of those debts by State grants. In the repair and proper equipment of harbours the Government could find a means of absorbing a big section of our unemployed.

“The reopening of the Russian market is the most important step in the reconstitution of the fishing industry,” declared Mr Millar. He advocated the removal of the political and commercial deadlock which existed today and the renewal of trade with Russia. On the authority of Mr George Hall, of Aberdeen, one of the trade delegates in Russia, he said that an enormous herring trade could be done with that country.

Referring to trawling and policing of fishing boats, he said that his committee were in favour of protecting inshore fishermen. Seaplanes and fast motor boats should be introduced for patrolling. The meeting was also addressed by Mrs Helen Barton, Prestwick.

Daffodil Day in Anstruther and Cellardyke realised £12 12/8 ½

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