WE TAKE a look at the stories making headlines in East Lothian 25, 50 and 100 years ago.


25 years ago

THE new head boy and head girl at Musselburgh Grammar School were planning similar career paths, reported the East Lothian Courier on September 8, 1995.

The medical profession is the goal of the new head boy and girl at Musselburgh Grammar.

Iain Hennessey and Suzanne Adam, both aged 17, were elected by the school’s teachers and pupils.

It will be their job to liaise between staff and students – and to continue the school’s impressive record of raising cash for charity.

They took on the prestigious posts after performing superbly in the Higher exams, scoring five ‘A’s.

Iain, of Moir Crescent, and Suzanne, of North Lodge, Carberry, both notched up top marks in English, Maths, Chemistry and Biology, recording their fifth ‘A’s in Physics and Geography respectively.

The two pupils have now entered their Sixth Year and are both studying for CSYS exams in Chemistry and Biology.


50 years ago

SEVERE flooding hit Prestonpans, resulting in a town-wide clean-up operation, reported The Haddingtonshire Courier of September 11, 1970.

Shopkeepers and housewives in Prestonpans were today continuing the big clean up following the extensive flooding which occurred in the town as a result of the severe storm which broke over the Forth area on Tuesday.

Edinburgh was the first to feel the effects of the storm.

At Prestonpans the rain started to fall at nine a.m. and within an hour it had caused near chaos in the town.

Roads were flooded as drains were unable to cope with the sudden deluge; some cellars were flooded to a depth of six inches; and the storm water also found its way into houses and shops.

In the High Street, water reached depths of between 18 and 24 inches as workmen battled desperately to clear choked drains.


100 years ago

A DUNBAR school’s war memorial was unveiled in the town to remember soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War, reported The Haddingtonshire Courier of September 10, 1920.

In lovely weather on Friday afternoon, the unveiling of the Dunbar Burgh Schools memorial, to which many had been looking forward with keen expectation, took place in the school quadrangle.

It was a very impressive ceremony, and, in the course of the proceedings, not a few of those present, who had lost near and dear relatives, were deeply moved.

The memorial takes the form of a bronze tablet, designed after the style of a scroll, of simple yet striking outline, placed on the exterior of the north wall of the building.