The Cellardyke Echo 6/04/2023 – Issue 383


MR J. DUNCAN MILLAR AND WAR PENSIONS. In pursuance of his candidature as Liberal candidate for East Fife Mr J. Duncan Millar addressed crowded meetings at Pittenweem and Cellardyke last night. Provost Ogilvie presided at Pittenweem. Mr Millar referred to various matters affecting the interests of the fishing community and the re-establishment of the fishing industry after the war. He pleaded for speedy reopening of the Continental markets in Russia and Germany. A unanimous vote of confidence was passed. Asked at Cellardyke as to the delay in the payment of war gratuities, Mr Millar expressed his regret at the failure of the machinery of the War Pensions Department to deal adequately with all cases.


Methil, the death of Mr A. G. Nicholson, a well-known native, has occurred at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Both at Kilrenny in December, 1846, served his apprenticeship with the late Mr Ireland, builder. Cellardyke, and afterwards became master builder in Glasgow. Later he became associated with his brothers in the confectionery business, and was well known commercial traveller throughout Fife and Scotland generally. Deceased took a keen interest in social work, particularly in the advancement of the young, he was concerned various Welfare Associations and in the Boys’ Brigade. Mr Nicholson latterly took business In Methil. from which retired few years ago and settled in Cowes with his son, Mr G. M. Nicolson, S.S. C. He was in his 77th year.


FREEMASONS’ CEREMONIAL AT CELLARDYKE. On the invitation of Lodge Ayle (No. 95), Anstruther, Freemasons from various parts of Fife to the number of 200 attended divine service in Cellardyke Parish Church yesterday. The parade of the brethren they marched in full regalia to the church headed by a silver band, made an imposing spectacle which was witnessed by large crowds. The whole body of the church was reserved for the brethren. Brother James R. Lee, Chaplain of Lodge St Ayle, conducted the service. Amongst the lodges represented were:—St Adrian, Pittenweem; Balcarres, Colinsburgh; St Andrews at Crail, Crail; St Andrews, St Andrews; Earl Haig, Leven; Balfour Melville, Methil; Lodge Balcomie and Dreel Castle Royal Arch Chapter, Anstruther.

INJURY TO CELLARDYKE CONTRACTOR. Anstruther goods station mishap. A distressing accident occurred at Anstruther Goods Station yesterday. While attempting to pass between two railway waggons, Mr Alexander Smith, contractor, Cellardyke, was caught between the buffers and severely injured. Medical examination disclosed three ribs broken.


‘BUS OVERCROWDING IN FIFE. Offenders Fined At Cupar. Hon. Sheriff Stark at Cupar to-day imposed a fine of 20s on Jessie Higgins, ‘bus conductress, 8 Swan Street, Denbeath, who admitted carrying 10 passengers in excess of the number in her vehicle was instructed to carry. James Stevenson, ‘bus driver, 25 James Street, Cellardyke, who was charged with having carried seven passengers excess, was also fined 20s. In this case, Mr lan Mclnnes, W.S., Cupar, who appeared, stated that the bus had been hired by Anstruther Philharmonic Society to take people home after a concert. When the people came out a policeman was on duty showing them into the bus in question.

LICENSING OF PLEASURE BOATS AT St ANDREWS HARBOUR. It was reported in the minutes of the Town Council that Alexander Ritchie, Cellardyke, had applied for a licence to run the motor boat, “Maconnachie,” at St Andrews Harbour during the season of 1927. The Committee recommended that the licence should be granted on the usual conditions, and that it should be made a condition of the licence that Ritchie will exercise personal supervision. The Council adopted the recommendation, but at a later stage of the meeting letters were read from Messrs R. Wilson & Son and Messrs J. Cargill & Son, who have rented the boating stances at the West Sands, pointing out that if more boats were licensed, confusion would be likely to arise. And Judge Reid suggested that the granting of a licence to Mr Ritchie be reconsidered. Judge Reid said that ample provision had already been made to provide all the boats that would required; and the licensing of another boat-hirer would mean that the local men would not be able to recoup themselves for the capital outlay they had made. The local men had a most intimate knowledge of the conditions round the coast, and could be trusted under any conditions to carry out that work with perfect safety. He therefore moved that the licences be confined the local men, seeing they were able to provide all the accommodation needed. Mr W. N. Boase seconded. It was pointed out that the approval of the Committee’s recommendation could, not be rescinded unless the Standing Orders were suspended. After a vote, the standing orders were suspended. Judge Reid then moved that in view of the information obtained that night from, the local fishermen who had got the boat hiring, and in view of the fact that they were able to provide all the accommodation needed, and also that the granting of further licences might lead to confusion, the Council disapprove of the minute, and confine the licences to local men. Mr Boase seconded. Bailie Bruce moved the approval of the minute. He said he had never heard of anyone getting a monopoly for a harbour. They should keep the harbour as an open port. lan Wilson seconded Bailie Bruce. On a division the voting was equal, and the Provost gave his casting vote in favour of the Committee’s recommendation.


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

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